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Acknowledgements 7 Foreword 9 Preface 15 Why Me? 15 What to Expect from this Book 16 Chapter One: Upbeats 17 Early Childhood 22 School 24 Two Lessons 29 Chapter Two: Training 33 Mentor Mother 33 Hubert Milverton-Carta 37 Ray Wilson 42 Teachers' Training College 44 James Robertson 48 Decisions 49 The Pied Piper 52 Getting Started 56 Chapter Three: Sadler's Wells 63 Glen Byam Shaw 65 Colin Davis, John Matheson, and Portamento 72 Charles Mackerras 74 Singer Colleagues and Almost Siberia 76 Enter Agent 83 Chapter Four: Covent Garden 89 German, Vilely Mangled 90 A Place for Learning Roles 96 Reginald Goodall 106 Klemperer 111 Chapter Five: Bayreuth 117 Con molto portamento 135 Family, Friends, and Winifred 136 Wagner's Ring 143 Patrice Chereau 147 Revolt 157 Success 166 Chapter Six: Notes and Roles 177 The Flying Dutchman 180 Mundane Reflections 191 Hans Sachs 201 Advice among Colleagues 211 Cashing In 228 Appendix: Aphorisms on How to Be a Singer 237

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