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True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera

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Everything about opera is larger than life, but the bigger the art form, the bigger the potential for disaster. When things go wrong at the opera house, they really go wrong. No one has a greater or more intimate knowledge of such moments than Lotfi Mansouri. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, Mansouri has directed nearly 500 productions at major opera houses around the globe.

Mansouri has gathered a collection of discrete vignettes that recount unforgettable and revealing moments at the opera as personally experienced or witnessed by him. From unbelievable snafus to unfortunate mishaps to astounding coincidences, these vignettes feature some of the biggest names in opera, as well as prominent figures from politics and more. From the hilarious to the bizarre, this is a reader-friendly look at what is often thought of as an overly serious, even mysterious form of art.

Synopsis:

Everything about opera is larger than life, but the bigger the art form, the bigger the potential for disaster. When things go wrong at the opera house, they really go wrong. No one has a greater or more intimate knowledge of such moments than Lotfi Mansouri. 

About the Author

Lotfi Mansouri has been a notable international opera director for decades. In addition to a career in Europe, he has headed both the Canadian Opera Company and the San Francisco Opera. He was named a Chevalier in the French Legion d'honneur and in 2009 received the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Award. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Prologue

The Curse of La Gioconda, Part I

The Curse of La Gioconda, Part II

An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Acting Up on Opening Night

Have You Seen Lotfi’s Violetta?

The Rio Norma

The Temple Shall Not Fall Tonight

Dinner with the Yeltsins

Those Wacky Wagnerites

Prompting the Prompter

Coming to a Head

The Shah’s Non-Command Performance

They Called Her La Stupenda

The Unkindest Cut of All, Part I

The Unkindest Cut of All, Part II

Solo Bits, Part I

Solo Bits, Part II

The Day Job

The Many Faces of Love

Two Gentlemen in Verona

Did I Hear Him Right?

What’s My Line?

Refusing to Grow Up

Horsing Around in Vienna

Wasn’t That Better, Kid?

The Exposed Unmentionables

Epilogue

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781459705173
Publisher:
Dundurn
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Foreword:
Burnett, Carol
Author:
Mansouri, Lotfi
Author:
Hernandez, Mark
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Music : Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Opera (adventures, mishaps, disasters)
Subject:
Divas and divos
Subject:
Joan Sutherland
Subject:
Placido Domingo
Subject:
Marilyn Horne
Subject:
Luciano Pavarotti
Subject:
Beverly Sills
Subject:
Renata Tebaldi
Subject:
Jon Vickers
Subject:
Armistead Maupin
Subject:
Wieland Wagner
Subject:
Ronald and Nancy Reagan
Subject:
George and Barb
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121006
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 0.04 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Opera
Biography » Composers and Musicians
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts

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Everything about opera is larger than life, but the bigger the art form, the bigger the potential for disaster. When things go wrong at the opera house, they really go wrong. No one has a greater or more intimate knowledge of such moments than Lotfi Mansouri. 

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