B0079. (SIBYL SANDERSON) Jack Winsor Hansen. The Sibyl Sanderson Story - Requiem for a Diva. Pompton Plains, NJ, Amadeus, 2005. 517pp. Index; Bibliography; Previously unpublished correspondence, diaries, memoirs, extensive interviews with the people who knew both Sanderson and Massenet, incl. Sanderson's stepdaughter Mary Garden; Photos; DJ. - 1574670948
"Hansen brings people, events, and geographical and historical sites to life most vividly….His sources include Sanderson’s siblings and other family, musical and other celebrities such as Mary Garden and Carl van Vechten….Modern audiences don’t have a real clue about the Sanderson voice….Her operatic repertory was small and mostly French, but she knew almost all the major figures in the musical life of Paris….The part of Esclarmonde lies terribly high sometimes, and no soprano since Sanderson, not even Sutherland, has sung the invocation to the spirits in the Prologue as Massenet composed it."
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2006
"For the first time in operatic history, this revealing and long-awaited biography uncovers the tragically short yet elegant life and glorious career of the beautiful California soprano Sibyl Sanderson. A great read for opera romantics of all generations and a true story with all the drama of period fiction, this biography is enhanced by Jack Winsor Hansen's complete access to the Sanderson family archives and decades of dedicated research about her life in Europe and the United States. It includes exclusive, previously unpublished correspondence, diaries, memoirs, and extensive interviews with the people who knew Sanderson and those around her."