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The Toughest Show on Earth

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Publisher Comments:

The Toughest Show on Earth is the ultimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the divas and the dramas of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, by the remarkable man who rose from apprentice carpenter to general manager.

Joseph Volpe gives us an anecdote-filled tour of more than four decades at the Met, an institution full of vast egos and complicated politics. With stunning candor, he writes about the general managers he worked under, his embattled rise to the top, the maneuverings of the blue-chip board, and his masterful approach to making a family of such artist-stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, and Renee Fleming, and such visionary directors as Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Wilson, and Julie Taymor. Intimate and frank, The Toughest Show on Earth is not only essential for music lovers, but for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of the culture business.

Synopsis:

On the eve of his retirement as general manager of The Metropolitan Opera, the outspoken culture czar offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at one of the world's great operatic houses, recalling the political and artistic intrigues in which he has played a part, the business of running a cultural institution, and his collaboration with noted musicians, singers, directors, and conductors. Reprint.

Synopsis:

Engaging . . . delightful . . . A classic American success story.

--The New York Times

This engaging volume will delight readers for whom opera is not only an art but also an endless fount of good gossip. . . . A rarity-one of those much-ballyhooed 'insider books' that actually delivers the goods. --The Washington Post Book World

Fascinating. . . . Volpe's story] has the golden glow of the American dream.

--The New York Sun

A gripping journey of personal and professional discovery.

--Opera News

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

The apprentice. "Be patient" ; Always on the go ; King Farouk ; A box at the Metropolitan ; Too many clouds ; "Can you handle the job?" ; A man of the theater ; From the water to the bridge ; Texas grit ; The turnaround man — The boss. Breathing with Jimmy ; Battle hymn ; The new prima donnas ; The playground ; Siamese twins ; The trapeze artists ; No light in the tunnel ; The club ; The new class ; At home ; The angel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307498373
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Author:
Volpe, Joseph
Author:
Michener, Charles
Author:
Joseph Volpe
Author:
Charles Michener
Subject:
Music : Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071009
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

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

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Product details 320 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307498373 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On the eve of his retirement as general manager of The Metropolitan Opera, the outspoken culture czar offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at one of the world's great operatic houses, recalling the political and artistic intrigues in which he has played a part, the business of running a cultural institution, and his collaboration with noted musicians, singers, directors, and conductors. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Engaging . . . delightful . . . A classic American success story.

--The New York Times

This engaging volume will delight readers for whom opera is not only an art but also an endless fount of good gossip. . . . A rarity-one of those much-ballyhooed 'insider books' that actually delivers the goods. --The Washington Post Book World

Fascinating. . . . Volpe's story] has the golden glow of the American dream.

--The New York Sun

A gripping journey of personal and professional discovery.

--Opera News

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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