"Verdi's Shakespeare: Men of the Theater" by Garry Wills

Joe Schuyler,Penguin Group
Verdi's Shakespeare, Gary Wills
Joe Schuyler,Penguin Group

Jeff Glor talks to Garry Wills about, "Verdi's Shakespeare: Men of the Theater," an exploration of Verdi's three Shakespearian operas: Macbeth, Othello, and Falstaff.

Jeff Glor: What inspired you to write the book?

Garry Wills: Love of the plays and the operas, and of many fine performances I have seen of them.

JG: What surprised you the most during the writing process?

GW: The many intense hours Verdi spent choosing, coaching, and directing his singers.

JG: What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

GW: Given my fantasy life, I would be an opera tenor.

JG: What else are you reading right now?

GW: I am reading the twelfth-century abbot, Guibert de Nogent, to review for NY Review of Books.

JG: What's next for you?

GW: "Font of Life" (Oxford University Press), the story of Saint Ambrose baptizing Saint Augustine in the baptistery of Milan (rediscovered in the twentieth century).

For more on "Verdi's Shakespeare," visit the Penguin Group website.
  • Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor was named anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" in January 2012 and Special Correspondent for "CBS This Morning" in November 2011.