B0873. Harold Rosenthal. Great Singers of Today. New York, Arno Press, 1977 [Reprint of the 1966 Calder & Boyars Edition]. 212pp. Profusely illus. with Numerous Photos. Quarto Edition. Superb copy of preferred Arno Press Edition. - 0-405-09704-2
“Harold David Rosenthal OBE (30 September 1917 – 19 March 1987) was an English music critic, writer, lecturer, and broadcaster about opera. Originally a schoolmaster, he became drawn to music, particularly opera, and began working on musical publications. On the foundation of OPERA magazine in London in 1950, Rosenthal was assistant editor, and became editor in 1953, retaining the post until 1986. He was a continual campaigner on behalf of opera, and was a strong opponent of its élitist image and inflated seat prices. In the early 1950s he was appointed archivist to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which led to his most substantial publication, TWO CENTURIES OF OPERA AT COVENT GARDEN.
Grove's Dictionary of Music said of Rosenthal, ‘under his guidance [OPERA magazine] came to provide an extensive coverage of operatic events throughout the world and exercised considerable influence on operatic life in Britain.… Rosenthal's work is highly regarded for its judiciousness, based on a thorough knowledge of the human voice and the operatic repertory’. Rosenthal’s works include: Sopranos of Today (1956), Two Centuries of Opera at Covent Garden (1958), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera (with John Warrack) (1964), Great Singers of Today (1965), The Mapleson Memoirs (1966) & My Mad World of Opera (1982).”
- Z. D. Akron