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Challenges
A Memoir of My Life in Opera
Sarah Caldwell; Rebecca Matlock, contrib.




Wesleyan
2008 • 256 pp. 35 illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Memoir / Opera


$27.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6885-4



There are informative anecdotes about her early years with great singers (among them Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo and Marilyn Horne) and her brilliant... [continued in Reviews below]”—Opera News (New York Metropolitan Opera's magazine)

A powerful pioneer in opera and music recounts her struggles and triumphs

Founder and long-time director of the Opera Company of Boston and the first woman to conduct the Metropolitan Opera, Sarah Caldwell was one of America’s best known and most adventurous conductors and opera directors. Her career spanned her wildly successful and innovative productions of classical operas such as Offenbach’s Voyage to the Moon, Don Quixote, and Madama Butterfly to projects like “Making Music Together,” which in 1988 brought together musicians and composers from the Soviet Union and the United States. Caldwell’s work earned her many honorary degrees and she received the National Medal for the Arts from President Clinton in 1997. Challenges is based on a series of interviews Rebecca Matlock conducted over a period of three years before Caldwell’s death in 2006. This intimate memoir gives us Caldwell’s perceptions in her own unique, indomitable voice.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"There are informative anecdotes about her early years with great singers (among them Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo and Marilyn Horne) and her brilliant use of necessity as the mother of invention. Also intriguing was her search for original scores and editions before it became the fashion. As a pioneer with a vast frontier to conquer, she was a standout, and the book goes a long way toward showing us this."Opera News (New York Metropolitan Opera's magazine)

“Her account of widening musical activities throughout the U.S. and the world has plenty of fascinating incidents, but none as relentlessly operative or rewarding as the Boston years. Recommended.”John Harrison, Opera Journal

“A fascinating revelation of her life and endeavours by an incredible character, Sarah Caldwell.”—Dame Joan Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE, author of A Prima Donna’s Progress

Challenges illuminates the depth of Sarah Caldwell's lifelong profound and passionate dedication to opera performance. Her intellect, musical skills, and endless curiosity made her productions uniquely alive and stimulating to the opera world and to all who worked with her.”—Phyllis Curtin, retired singer, Metropolitan Opera



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SARAH CALDWELL (1924–2006) founded the Opera Company of Boston in 1957, and was the first woman to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (1975). She also appeared with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. REBECCA MATLOCK is an author, photographer, and wife of the former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock. She served on the board of the Opera Company of Boston and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Booneville, Tennessee.



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