B0855. SERGEI LEVIK. AN OPERA SINGER’S NOTES (Cyrillic Text). Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1970. 535pp. Numerous photos. Excellent copy has faintest waterstaining only at bottoms of pages. Title-page is very slightly separated from linen binding. Covers have faint foxing.
“Levik, his memoirs, AN OPERA SINGER’S NOTES, is perhaps the most frequently cited work by both modern Russian and Western writers covering the period 1900-1930. His observations and critiques have extra value as he was both a working singer as well as an astute observer of the St. Petersburg operatic scene. He describes the singers from all three operatic milieus (the Mariinsky, Italian companies and second-tier enterprises) with both technical and artistic insights. The book was translated into English in 1995, a project of Symposium Records, and is now hard to find….one goes to Levik for appraisals of artists and an insider’s interpretation of their overall place in history.”
- Charles Mintzer