B0719. JÜRGEN KESTING. Die Grossen Sänger (Biographical Dictionary of Singers) [German Text]. Düsseldorf, Classen, 1986. 2094pp. in Three Volumes. DJ. Final copy! - 3-546-45387-5
“Jürgen Kesting, born in 1940 in Duisburg, studied German, English and philosophy in Cologne and Vienna from 1960 to 1967. After four years as chief press officer of EMI-Electrola in Cologne (1969-71) and Eurodisc in Munich (1971-1973), he worked as of 1973 as an editor, department head, managing editor and author for STERN magazine. In 1993 he switched to the newly founded newspaper DIE WOCHE, working there as a writer. As of the fall of 1997 he developed a music magazine (AMADEO) for the publishing house Gruner & Jahr.
After numerous music shows for German broadcasters such as WDR, Südwestfunk, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, RBB and DR, he published a three-volume 2,000-page standard work entitled GREAT SINGERS in 1986. He followed this up with a study on Maria Callas, published in 1990, subsequently translated into English, Russian and Japanese, as well as a book-length essay on Luciano Pavarotti in 1991, translated into English. For ten years he produced a weekly music show on great singers for NDR broadcasting; for four ARD stations (SFB, NDR, MDR, Süddeutscher Rundfunk) a 26-part series on Maria Callas, followed by 26 episodes on pianist Vladimir Horowitz; and for the third program of ARD a 13-part televisions series ‘The Great Tenors of the 78 Era’, all of which are available on DVD. He works as a freelance writer for the magazines OPERNWELT, MUSIK UND THEATER and FONO FORUM, and has likewise collaborated for 15 years with the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG. He is the author of numerous essays in books and anthologies. In 2008 he thoroughly revised and updated his study GREAT SINGERS, which has now been republished in four volumes by Hofmann & Campe. For ten years he was a member of the program committee of the ‘Internationale Stuttgarter Stimmtage’, an interdisclinary forum on vocals. He has been a guest instructor at the universities of Bayreuth und Zürich. Regular lecture series with pre-performance talks at the Hamburg State Opera as well as a lecture series on the history of opera – ‘Listen to Where We Come From’ – at the Bucerius Art Forum of the Zeit Foundation in Hamburg.”
- Wagner-Jahr, Leipzig, 2013