B0856. THE MET: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF GRAND OPERA. Martin Mayer. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1983. 368pp. Numerous Photos, some in color. Notes on the text. Index. DJ. - 0-671-47087-6
From 1952 to 1975, Martin Mayer critiqued classical recordings for ESQUIRE, and from 1985 to 2004 he was the New York critic for OPERA magazine. He wrote THE MET: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF GRAND OPERA (1983), reviewed concerts and opera for MUSICAL AMERICA magazine, and wrote articles for HIGH FIDELITY and OPERA NEWS.
In THE TIMES magazine, he profiled Igor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, George Szell, Rudolf Bing and Marilyn Horne. His article on Andrés Segovia and his Spanish guitar vibrated with insights: Like Dolmetsch (who resurrected the recorder), Landowska (who restored the harpsichord) and Casals (whose revisions in the technique of the cello made Bachs suites for that instrument playable in an age of exact intonation), Segovia in effect invented an instrument.
- Robert D. McFadden, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 1 Aug., 2019
The book is beautifully written but the pictures are the prize - they alone are a required possession for any opera buff. The full-page plate of Arturo Toscanini and Geraldine Farrar having a fight in front of General Director Gatti-Casazza is priceless.
Gerald Fitzgerald, an associate editor of OPERA NEWS magazine since 1960 and a well-known figure in American opera, also served as an associate editor of BALLET NEWS during its seven-year existence, from 1979 to 1986. Like OPERA NEWS, BALLET NEWS was published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. His editorial capacity with the Guild involved him in a wide variety of activities, most of them consisting of photographic documentation of the Met. But his most important project was the two-volume revision of the MET annals.
Mr. Fitzgerald served as picture consultant or editor for many opera books, among them THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE, CALLAS, CELEBRATION: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, THE MET: 100 YEARS OF GRAND OPERA [above], MAGNIFICENCE ONSTAGE AT THE MET,THE STAGES OF MENOTTI and GRANDISSIMO PAVAROTTI. He also produced slide shows and publications for a variety of Guild functions, and intermission features for the LIVE FROM THE MET telecasts starting in 1977.
In 1956, he joined the staff of OPERA NEWS, becoming an assistant editor in 1959 and an associate editor the next year. Aside from his Guild activities, he worked for several summers in the early 1960s for Gian Carlo Menotti's FESTIVAL OF TWO WORLDS in Spoleto, Italy, editing program books and other publications.
- John Rockwell, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 May, 1990