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Sort order. Jun 25, Liz Estrada rated it really liked it. For someone who has been an opera fan since the age of seven, this book was truly mad and laugh out loud funny! My parents had 2nd row season tickets to the Liceo while we lived in Barcelona. Granted, I was "forced" to go see all the operas my dad did not like, meaning anything that wasn't Bel Canto.
So I was exposed to 5 hour long Wagner operas at that young age, but according to my mom, I was very well behaved and sat through it. Needless to say, I can't handle those operas anymore and am, lik For someone who has been an opera fan since the age of seven, this book was truly mad and laugh out loud funny! Needless to say, I can't handle those operas anymore and am, like my father, a bel canto only opera fan.
The behind the scenes of this book, make rock stars look tame in comparison. The level of soap opera divas both female and male and antics is amazing. Mansouri had the "priviledge" of touring with and overseeing many operas around the world, but his highlights of Italy, the birthplace of opera, were my favorite. Those Italians are true "zaconis" in every sense of the word and truly crazy mad!
One doesn't need to be an opera buff to enjoy this strange ride! The only downside: I wish this book had been twice as long, for I am sure he has many more tales to tell. View 1 comment. Nov 14, Bob Schnell rated it liked it Shelves: music-scenes. While I am not completely ignorant about the world of opera thanks to my dad who was a big fan I would not have picked up this book if a good friend hadn't recommended it and lent it to me.
While not an autobiography, it does follow the author's life as an opera director for some of the best known opera houses in the world. Lofti Mansouri has certainly worked with many of the household names of opera stars, and he has amusing and astounding anecdotes about many of them. This book is a collection While I am not completely ignorant about the world of opera thanks to my dad who was a big fan I would not have picked up this book if a good friend hadn't recommended it and lent it to me.
This book is a collection of those anecdotes and makes for light, entertaining reading. You can also learn a bit about the roles of the various people who make opera happen, from the prop-master to the Board of Directors. It is a world apart though many of the tales of excess and attitude could also be found in rock-n-roll or Broadway. Recommended for people who love opera or are curious about what goes on behind the scenes. Mar 22, Marti rated it liked it Shelves: music. Anyone who knows me will wonder why in the world I am reading a book about opera?
That's because it was given to me, and I must say it made me think I might want to attend an opera at least once in my life if I had backstage passes and a VIP seat. The stories were amusing and I learned that perhaps the hardest job in an opera company is that of the "prompter," who sits in a tiny recessed hole onstage which is only visible to the actors. It is that person's job to memorize the entire opera -- t Anyone who knows me will wonder why in the world I am reading a book about opera?
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It is that person's job to memorize the entire opera -- they cannot see the conductor -- and feed lines to the performers who often forget. This job seems to be especially dangerous when live animals are part of the action. Mansouri has been directing operas since the early s and has worked with many of the greats including the ones that even I know like Beverly Sills, Pavorotti, and Joan Sutherland. Therefore, I think this would be a real hoot for people who love the genre and have actually seen all of these operas.
One thing's for sure, a lot can go wrong in productions of this size, and fortunately, most of the audience -- or even the critics -- cannot tell.
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Feb 21, Sharon rated it it was amazing. Truly mad.
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