B0995. Charles Osborne, Ed. Opera 66. London, Alan Ross, 1966. 260pp. Articles on operas produced during 1966, and on various aspects of the operatic scene. Essays by incl. Lotte Lehmann (about Caruso, Piccaver, Melchior, Slezak, Mayr, Göring, von Karajan, Chaliapin, Muzzarelli, Flagstad, Schumann, Olczewska, Massary & 'La Jeritza!'), William Weaver, Walter Felsenstein, Frank Granville Barker, Clifford Elkin ('The Negro Singers' [beautifully illus. with unusual photos]), Andrew Porter, etc. Photos; DJ.
“Charles Thomas Osborne is a journalist, theatre and opera critic, poet and novelist. He was assistant editor of THE LONDON MAGAZINE from 1958 until 1966, literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1971 until 1986, and chief theatre critic of DAILY TELEGRAPH (London) from 1986 to 1991.
Osborne writes about opera and has published books on Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Puccini, Richard Strauss and the bel canto operas. His book, THE COMPLETE OPERAS OF VERDI, was the first on that composer by someone who had actually seen all the operas staged. It was translated into Italian and published by Mursia. THE OPERA LOVER'S COMPANION appeared in 2004.
Osborne holds an honorary doctorate from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, for services to the arts and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is a former president, and now council member, of the UK Critics Circle. In 2009, the Italian state conferred on him the honorific title of Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana, known as the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity; for his outstanding contribution to the life and works of Verdi.”
- Ned Ludd