Lifting My Voice: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Lifting My Voice: A Memoir (Hardcover)
By Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks grew up in the 1950s as an African American woman in segregated Arkansas. She went on to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, won a number of important international prizes, and began performing in recitals and operas throughout the world.

A Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Hendricks is as devoted to humanitarian work as she is to her music. Always the anti-diva, she is a down-to-earth and straightforward woman, whether singing Mozart or black spirituals. She challenges stereotypes, puts the music first, and presents a warm, engaging, and honest self-portrait of one of the great women of music.

“When the lyric soprano Barbara Hendricks sings, the first word that comes to mind is not powerful but beautiful.” (New York Times)

Lifting My Voice is no simple-minded ‘Diva-Speak’ – it’s a serious, thoughtful, and deeply insightful book on the meaning of being an artist and a morally conscious global citizen. [It’s] a noble undertaking and a totally absorbing read. Highly recommended.” (La Scena Musicale)

“Fans of opera and vocal music will enjoy this absorbing narrative, as will anyone who likes to read about strong and accomplished women.” (Library Journal)

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2014)
  • Dimensions: 6.1” W x 1.4” D x 9.4” H

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