Edgar Evans, as Hermann in Tchaikovsky's opera, The Queen of Spades.

Who was Shostakovich’s favourite tenor in the role of Zinovy, in his opera, Katerina Ismailova? Which world famous tenor urinated – unintentionally – on his dresser? And who did the world famous soprano, Marilyn Horne, ask to play with her breasts one day on the Covent Garden stage?


The answers – along with a great many other things – are revealed in ‘Edgar Evans – Extempore’, an e-book version of which has just been published (price £4.97) by The Endless Bookcase. The book is the biography of one of the founder principal singers of the Royal Opera, at Covent Garden, after the War. The book reveals what national and international artistic life was like in the 25 or so years after the War and contains a number of fascinating anecdotes about famous people of the day set against a colourful local historic background. At least, that’s what the publishers say and, as the book’s author, I couldn’t possibly begin to disagree.


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