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John Koopman

I'm a Professor Emeritus of the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin. I write and lecture on operatic and vocal subjects and, as a critic, review some forty opera productions each season for European and American magazines.

Hopefully it won't appear pretentious to dedicate this little opus to the memory of two remarkable gentlemen--Francis J. Pyle, 1901-1983, (Professor of Music, Drake University, 1937-1972), and  Frank St. Leger,  1890-1969, (Professor of Music, Indiana University, 1953-1968). It's that they taught me much of what I know about music and would surely be surprised to learn I absorbed even this much of it.

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