Lois Marshall: A Biography

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Dundurn, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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Although she called herself "just a singer," soprano Lois Marshall (1925-97) became a household name across Canada during her thirty-four year career and remains one of the foremost figures in the history of Canadian music. She rubbed shoulders with Canada's musical aristocracy ‚?? Glenn Gould, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Jon Vickers, Maureen Forrester ‚?? but Marshall always held first place in the hearts of her adoring fans.

At the height of the Cold War, Moscow and St. Petersburg embraced her as warmly as Canada had. Yet Marshall remained true to her Canadian roots and to Toronto, her lifelong home. This first-ever biography recounts her dazzling career and paints an intimate portrait of the woman, her childhood encounter with polio, and her complex relationship with her teacher and mentor, Weldon Kilburn. Hers is a tale of a warm, courageous woman; it is also the story of classical music in Canada.

  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
11
INTRODUCTION
17
CHAPTER ONE
19
CHAPTER TWO
41
CHAPTER THREE
69
CHAPTER FOUR
95
CHAPTER FIVE
125
CHAPTER SIX
155
CHAPTER SEVEN
187
CHAPTER EIGHT
221
CHAPTER NINE
249
APPENDIX A
283
NOTES
287
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
317
INDEX
319
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About the author (2010)

James Neufeld, author of Power to Rise: the Story of the National Ballet of Canada (1996) teaches English Literature at Trent University, and writes regularly about the arts in Canada. He studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, has been a lifelong amateur singer, and lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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