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The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend, and Sometime Adversaryby Herbert H. Breslin
Synopses & Reviews
Luciano Pavarotti’s longtime manager and friend tells all. All.
The King and I is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” During that career, Breslin moved Pavarotti out of the opera house and onto the concert (and the world) stage and into the arms of a huge mass public. How he and Pavarotti changed the landscape of opera is one of the most significant and entertaining stories in the history of classical music, and Herbert Breslin relates the tale in a brash, candid, witty fashion that is often bitingly frank and profane. He also provides a portrait of his friend and client—“a beautiful, simple, lovely guy who turned into a very determined, aggressive, and somewhat unhappy superstar”—that is by turns affectionate and satirical and full of hilarious details and tales out of school, with Pavarotti emerging as something like the ultimate Italian male. The book is also enlivened by the voices of other players in the soap opera drama that was Pavarotti’s career, and they are no less uncensored than Herbert Breslin. The last word, in fact, comes from none other than Luciano Pavarotti himself!
The King and I is the ultimate backstage book about the greatest opera star of the past century—and it’s a delight to read as well.
The noted classical music publicist and manager describes his thirty-six-year business relationship with Luciano Pavarotti, following the legendary tenor's extraordinary career in the opera house, on the concert stage, and into the world of mass media and offering a revealing portrait of the superstar in the world of modern classical music. 60,000 first printing.
About the Author
Herbert Breslin has been a classical music publicist and manager for many of the greatest performers of our time for the past forty years.
Anne Midgette is a regular reviewer of classical music for the New York Times and has contributed to Opera News and many other music magazines.
Table of Contents
Opening monologue: Herbert Breslin on Luciano Pavarotti — From Chrysler to Carnegie Hall: midlife crisis, my start in the business — Luciano makes his entrance: how I met and marketed the young Pavarotti — The publicity machine: the ABCs of the most essential tool in the business — How to manage a tenor, an introduction: launching the greatest career of a generation — Life with Luciano: the tenor's lighter, and heavier, side — Yes, Luciano: the blockbuster that wasn't — The view from the (big) top: conquering new arenas, and old colleagues — Money makes the world go round: the real motivation of opera stars, and their managers — Another opening, another show: getting Luciano onstage — City of women: Luciano's entourage — Travels with Luciano: around the world in eighty suitcases — The three tenors: opera's greatest franchise — How to manage a tenor, the advanced course: everything your advance strategy didn't prepare for you — Twilight of the god: the last decade — The kiss of Tosca: our final act — The fat man sings: Luciano Pavarotti on Herbert Breslin.
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