Jon Vickers: A Hero's Life
During his extraordinary career, the now-legendary Canadian tenor Jon Vickers sang the most demanding of operatic roles -- Tristan, Peter Grimes, Otello, Aeneas, Parsifal -- with searing emotional intensity and dramatic interpretation. In this first biography of Vickers, Jeannie Williams provides a captivating and revealing portrait of a very private, deeply religious man and complex artist who baffled and often enraged his friends and colleagues.
Drawing on scores of interviews with those who knew and worked with Vickers, Williams traces his life from boyhood in western Canada, to schooling in Toronto, to his debut at Covent Garden, to his tenure at the Royal Opera House, to his celebrated appearances on the world's major opera stages. She discusses his signature roles, including details of a little-known Otello in South Africa, over-the-edge performances, and stormy battles with conductors and directors. In addition, she details Vickers' controversial withdrawal from the Tannhuser opera, his on-going friction with BBC-TV, his conflicted relationship with his native Canada, and his choices in repertory. Williams also illuminates the paradoxes in the world view of a man who might have been a preacher or a prime minister if he had not been blessed with such a remarkable musical talent.
This in-depth, well-balanced, and objective biography will stand as the definitive work on one of the world's greatest heroic tenors.
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Unlike both his contemporary Maria Callas and the "three tenors" of the succeeding generation, Canadian tenor Jon Vickers (1926- ) has been the focus of few publications--chiefly because of his fiercely private nature. Williams (a USA Today and freelance opera columnist) attempts to rectify this situation through her painstaking traversal of the singer's career. Although attention given a hitherto neglected artist is welcome, lack of cooperation from her subject and her disappointingly pedestrian writing style--which consists mainly of stringing together a series of fact-based quotes--detract from an otherwise illuminating study. While her descriptions of what motivated Vickers's operatic portrayals are fascinating, in the end, he comes across as an egotistical figure obsessed with finances. The chronological appendixes of Vickers's performances and a brief discography/videography are useful. Recommended as a gap-filling first-available resource while we await a definitive, balanced biography.--Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH ...
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