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The Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva
Shonekan, Stephanie , & Williams, Camilla


This book is the memoir of an African-American operatic soprano. It is co-written by a Nigerian ethnomusicalogist, and relates Williams’ early life, education and subsequent career as an artist and educator. This book contains 3 color plates and seven black and white photographs.


“…the gradual amalgamation of two diverse women—one a younger Nigerian ethnomusicologist and the other an older eminent African-American prima donna…an ideal combination for the writing of Miss Williams’ memoir…”-Prof. Elizabeth Nash, University of Minnesota

"She seamlessly writes the narrative so that the reader feels that Williams is talking throughout the text." -- Prof. Annessa Ann Babic, New York Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephanie Shonekan

Foreword by Elizabeth Nash

Chapter 1 Back to the Beginning

Chapter 2 Season of Preparation

Chapter 3 A Butterfly's Metamorphosis

Chapter 4 An Uncomfortable Cocoon

Chapter 5 A Butterfly Emerges

Chapter 6 Spreading My Wings

Chapter 7 A Workin' Travelin' Girl

Chapter 8 My Life's Love

Chapter 9 The European Stage

Chapter 10 Traversing The Motherland

Chapter 11 Contributing to the Cause

Chapter 12 The World at My Feet

Chapter 13 Path to Teaching

Chapter 14 From East Coast to Mid-West

Chapter 15 Coaching Voices, Molding Minds

Chapter 16 Spotlight in my Twilight

Chapter 17 Lessons of a Lifetime

Addendum Boris' Story


Index of Names

ISBN10:  0-7734-1483-5   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-1483-9    Pages:  304    Year:  2011   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas:  Autobiography, Music - Hymns,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $159.95 UK List Price: £104.95  

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