The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna

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FriesenPress, Nov 29, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
April 4, 1915, Bertha Crawford bowed to tumultuous applause before a glittering audience at the Tsar’s Imperial Mariinsky Theatre. How had a young soprano from Ontario become a darling of the Russian capital eight months into the First World War?
The Canadian Nightingale vividly resurrects the forgotten life of Bertha Crawford, a determined Canadian singer who chased the celebrity dream of her time to find unprecedented success on the opera stages of Russia and Poland. Meticulous historical research and compelling dramatic vignettes restore Crawford and her era to life. After a rollercoaster ride to fame that was ultimately derailed by broken trust, one big question remains: how was a Canadian story this fascinating left untold for more than eighty years.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Overture The Inspiration of Albani
3
Introduction The Dream of the Prima Donna
6
Entracte A Child Takes the Stage
14
Chapter One An Inheritance of Ambition 18581895
17
Entracte Every Phoenix Needs a Fire
28
Chapter Two Music in the Family 18951903
32
Entracte Life Is a Gamble
44
Entracte A Narrow Escape
166
Chapter Ten Adrift in a Storm of Change 19151918
169
Entracte The Great Train Robbery
190
Chapter Eleven A Return to Stability 19191921
194
Entracte The Myth in the Making
211
Chapter Twelve Transatlantic Times 19211923
214
Entracte Wrapping Up the Album
239
Chapter Thirteen Choosing Poland 19241926
242

Chapter Three The First Rungs on the Ladder 19031907
47
Entracte Competing for the Metropolitan Prize
65
Chapter Four The Pinnacle of Choirs 19071909
68
Entracte A Satisfactory Picture
79
Chapter Five Riding the Rails 19091911
82
Entracte Sailing into Uncharted Waters
93
Chapter Six Crossing the Atlantic 19111912
97
Entracte The Singing Lesson
109
Chapter Seven An Italian Interlude 19121913
112
Entracte Backstage at the Opera
125
Chapter Eight A Year in Warsaw 19131914
129
Entracte A Brush with Fame
143
Chapter Nine A Canadian Nightingale Takes Flight 1915
146
Entracte A Stage in the Air
252
Chapter Fourteen Public Lives and Private Dramas 19261934
255
Entracte The Final Return
267
Chapter Fifteen An Uneasy Return 19341937
270
Requiem Packing Up the Pieces
283
Epilogue
285
Acknowledgements
287
Sources
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About the author (2017)

Jane Cooper is an indefatigable researcher who left no page unturned in a six-year quest to re-assemble the evidence of Crawford’s life. Ms. Cooper has worked as a policy analyst and evaluator for more than 25 years. The Canadian Nightingale is her first full-length biography.

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