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W&N Biography HB July £20.00 272pp 978 1 474 60427 7 eBook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60428 4

THOMAS VOIGT Jonas Kaufmann The Authorised Biography

The authorised biography of one of the greatest classical tenors in the world today, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Jonas Kaufmann is best known for performing in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen and the title role in Don Carlos. He has also sung leading tenor roles in the operas of Richard Wagner with success in Germany and abroad. In 2014, the New York Times described Kaufmann as ‘a box-office draw, and . . . the most important, versatile tenor of his generation’. In February 2017 he visited the Barbican for a sold-out eleven-day residency and he is scheduled to return to the Royal Opera House in Otello this summer.

In this illuminating biography we hear from his remarkable teachers and gain insights into Kaufmann’s thoughts and emotions before and during performances at opera houses around the world.

Thomas Voigt was formerly an editor of the classical music magazines Opernwelt (Opera World) and Fono Forum. His previous books include biographies of the German opera singers Martha Mödl and Inge Borkh.


Location: Germany

W&N Memoir HB July £14.99 272pp 978 1 474 60519 9 eBook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60521 2

SWEETPEA SLIGHT Get Me the Urgent Biscuits An Assistant’s Adventure in Theatreland a hilarious coming-of-age memoir of the author’s apprenticeship to a maverick theatre producer.

This is the story of a working relationship between an impressionable girl with freckles painted on her face and an eccentric grande dame of the London theatre.

Jane Slight was eighteen when she met Thelma Holt in 1984. Within a fortnight Thelma had stolen Jane from a job backstage in theatre, sent her to evening classes to learn to type, organised a miniscule salary, cancelled her audition for RADA and renamed her. ‘Sweetpea’ would go on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, among them Peter Hall, Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw.

Part The Dresser, part The Devil Wears Prada, this is an irresistibly funny memoir about the pursuit of creativity and independence, set against the backdrop of London’s West End of yesteryear.

sweetpea slight spent twenty years with renowned theatre producer Thelma Holt. Their working relationship spanned the National Theatre, the Peter Hall Company and finally Thelma Holt Ltd.


Location: Dorset and Hampstead, London

W&N Non-fiction • July 2017