The study of classical music has been an inconsistent topic for ethnomusicology. Examining opera star Beverly Sills (1929–2007) and her fans, Nancy Guy promises a “critical” ethnographic approach to classical music. She grounds the book in her intense personal investment in Sills, rigorous examination of publicly and privately held sources, and interviews with fans and coworkers. The result is fastidious. The first half of the book presents Sills's singing career and some details of her personal life. The second half presents an ethnographic reception study rooted in fans’ engagement with Sills, some of whom became close friends with her through years-long letter correspondence. Guy's cross-referencing of sources is truly impressive. She has not only examined publicly available sources such as commercial recordings and publications but also worked closely with fans to incorporate concert programs and bootleg recordings. She devotes lengthy passages to interviewees’ descriptions of Sills and their experiences with...

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