B0209. (MALIBRAN) Howard Bushnell. Maria Malibran, A Biography of the Singer. Pennsylvania State University, 1979. 266pp. Index; Bibliography; Repertoire; Chronology; Illus.; DJ. Final copy! - 0-271-00222-0
“Maria Garcia Malibran was the 'superstar' of nineteenth-century opera - a singer whose colorful career and new vocal style epitomized the age of bel canto. Her roles in works by Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti performed in the leading opera houses of six countries, a flexible three-octave vocal range, and an impulsively effective acting style made her the object of fierce adulation. Malibran's short and frenetic life - she died suddenly while on tour at age 28 - and her wildly successful career are documented with reviews of her performances and extracts front her prolific correspondence. Her letters give an intimate view of her vivacious personality, her friendships, and her liaisons.
Howard Bushnell, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, carried out extensive research in six languages for this biography and has included much unpublished material, including the Malibran death mask which he located.”
- Z. D. Akron