By Richard Davis
This identify recounts the turbulent lifestyles and occupation of Marjorie Lawrence, considered one of Australia's most famous opera stars. From humble beginnings in rural Victoria, Lawrence rose to develop into one of many pre-eminent Wagner singers of her new release, acclaimed and honoured in Europe and on the Metropolitan Opera in manhattan the place she shared roles with the mythical Kirsten Flagstad. suffering from polio on the peak of her profession, Lawrence fought again courageously opposed to actual incapacity and prejudice to rebuild her shattered lifestyles and go back to the degree. it is a booklet for all tune enthusiasts and those that worth an inspiring tale of overcome adversity.
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Bravo to Richard Davis for the long-awaited biography, which restores an excellent singer to her rightful position in operatic heritage. Joan Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE Richard Bonynge, AC, CBE Preface On 20 April 1955 the area most suitable of 1 of the few profitable opera movies to come back out of Hollywood was once given in Melbourne, Australia. inside of days the movie used to be published throughout Australia, then the USA and nice Britain. It bought rave experiences anyplace it was once proven. Audiences flocked to work out it and the movie netted thousands of greenbacks for Metro Goldwyn Mayer. The movie was once referred to as Interrupted Melody and was once in keeping with a best-selling e-book of a similar identify. It advised the tale of an Australian nation lady named Marjorie Lawrence who rose to turn into one of many world’s nice opera singers prior to being struck down via a crippling disorder. Audiences reached for his or her handkerchiefs as they watched the film’s glamorous megastar, Eleanor Parker, struggle discomfort, incapacity and melancholy to come again on her feet—metaphorically and physically—and to come back to the opera degree, aided and abetted via Glenn Ford, enjoying the heroine’s dedicated husband. The movie mixed rags to riches, romance, glamour, tragedy, braveness and finally triumph, besides sturdy performing and the easiest illustration on reveal as much as that point of opera staging and opera making a song. The query as a result arises: why, with a winning e-book and a winning movie chronicling Marjorie Lawrence’s lifestyles, is a latest biography wanted? a couple of sound purposes resolution this question, the obvious being that Marjorie had one other thirty years of energetic existence after the ebook used to be released. Secondly, the ebook Interrupted Melody used to be ghost-written for Marjorie as her autobiography, with the entire details it includes provided by way of her and never independently demonstrated by way of the ghost author. by way of comparability with the autobiographies of such a lot prima donnas, Interrupted Melody is delightfully candid, but if the publication used to be written Marjorie used to be nonetheless lively as a singer and for that reason selective approximately what she published, omitting or underplaying whatever that will were damaging to her profession. Marjorie additionally took loads of poetic licence in reporting sure occasions, specially these of her early years, and occasionally the ghost author (expert even though he used to be) embroidered them extra. Thirdly, even though modesty used to be no longer a very conspicuous trait in Marjorie’s personality (it is uncommon between prima donnas), she is discreet approximately her personal accomplishments in Interrupted Melody. Nowhere within the ebook will the reader locate the type of target research of her voice and her making a song essential to totally enjoy her artwork. Nor will the reader locate comparability among Marjorie and different Wagnerian sopranos, additionally precious if she is to be accorded her rightful position between them. The movie of Interrupted Melody takes huge, immense liberties with the already doubtful content material of the booklet, and admirable even though it can be as cinema, if we relied upon it for our figuring out of Marjorie Lawrence we might prove with a miles distorted view.
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