Michael Scott (artistic director)

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Michael Scott is the founder of the London Opera Society.[citation needed] In his role as the society's sole artistic director, he brought to London Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, and Boris Christoff. He was also responsible for introducing Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, and Montserrat Caballe. He is a highly regarded expert in the field of opera with an extensive knowledge of the history of vocal music, and his books include volumes 1 and 2 of The Record of Singing and The Great Caruso. In 1992, he also wrote Maria Meneghini Callas, being one of the few Maria Callas biographers to have seen her frequently on stage in her prime. He is a frequent contributor to Opera News.[1]

In the review of this book for Opera News, Albert Innaurato writes, "His is the only biography to understand how Callas compares with and differs from Tetrazzini, Ponselle and Patti. And since Scott is neither a hysteric nor a fan, he is just and interesting in comparing Callas with Tebaldi and Sutherland. In fact his crisp, unsentimental manner may unsettle some readers—he responds to Callas as an artist, not as a tragedy queen, and does not linger over her miserable last years or indulge in psychologizing."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Michael, Information on book dust-jacket, Maria Meneghini Callas, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1992.
  2. ^ Innaurato, Albert, "Book Review: Maria Meneghini Callas, OPERA NEWS, 16 January 1993.