Amália Rodrigues's Amália at the Olympia (Paperback)

Amália Rodrigues's Amália at the Olympia By Lila Ellen Gray, Fabian Holt (Editor) Cover Image

Amália Rodrigues's Amália at the Olympia (Paperback)


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The voice of Am lia Rodrigues (1920-1999), the "Queen of Fado" and Portugal's most celebrated diva, was extraordinary for its interpretive power, soul wrenching timbre, and international reach. Amalia l'Olympia (1957) is an album made from recordings of her first performances at the fabled Olympia Music Hall in Paris in 1956. This album, which was issued for multiple national markets (including: France; USA; Japan; Britain; the Netherlands) catapulted Am lia Rodrigues into the international limelight. During its time, this album held the potential for international listeners, outside of Portugal, to represent Portugal, while also standing in for cosmopolitanism, the glamorous city of Paris, and to present a sonorous voyage in sound.

This book introduces readers to the voice of Am lia Rodrigues and to the genre of the Portuguese fado, offering a primer in how to listen to both. It unpacks this iconic album and the voice, sound, style, and celebrity of Am lia Rodrigues. It situates this album within a historical context marked by cold war Atlanticist diplomacy, Portugal's dictatorial regime, and the emergence of new forms of media, travel, and tourism.In so doing, it examines processes that shaped the internationalization of peripheral popular musics and the making of female vocal stardom in the mid-20th century.
Lila Ellen Gray is a cultural anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and interdisciplinary scholar of music and sound. She is currently Associate Professor of Music at Dickinson College, USA. Her book Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (2013), was the recipient of the 2014 Woody Guthrie Award of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US).
Product Details ISBN: 9781501346194
ISBN-10: 1501346199
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: August 24th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English