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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.
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
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