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e-Book The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera download

by Joseph Volpe,Charles Michener

ISBN: 1400096758
ISBN13: 978-1400096756
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 9, 2007)
Pages: 320
Category: Music
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers Joseph Volpe was born in Brooklyn. He joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1964 and was its general manager for sixteen years.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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. Joseph Volpe was born in Brooklyn. He lives in New York City with his wife, the former ballet dancer Jean Anderson Volpe, and their daughter.

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Joseph Volpe, Charles Michener. It is his Met years-from apprentice carpenter to general manager-that give us a story about New York and the business of culture.

by Charles Michener and Joseph Volpe . 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.

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The toughest show on earth. My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera. By Joseph Volpe with Charles Michener.

My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera. By Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener.

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. 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.

The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. The Toughest Show on Earth : My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera by Charles Michener and Joseph Volpe (2007, Paperback). Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron tell how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. In this first new history of the company in thirty years, each of the chronologically sequenced chapters surveys a composer or a slice of the repertoire and brings to life dominant personalities and memorable performances of the time. 1st Vintage Books ed. by Joseph Volpe. Published 2007 by Vintage Books in New York. Biography, Biography & Autobiography, Metropolitan Opera (New York, . Music, Nonfiction, Opera producers and directors. 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.

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.
Comments:
Alsalar
I am an Opera Lover so most all of the book was an insight as to what goes on at "The Met"
He was most interesting telling insider stories and particular iodities of the performers .
I lived near where he was born on Long Island and also an Italian -American so I felt close to his family style and was able to relate very well .
G Catapano

Kelerius
So many things I like about the Metropolitan Opera were put in place by this guy. His successor is a buffoon (the Met could go the way of City Opera but for the fact they have a larger endowment and the endowment hopefully will outlast Volpe's successor) - read this book and see why I say that - especially if you've been astonished/dismayed by recent new productions (e.g. Tosca) - its no wonder they had to mortgage the Chagall murals.

Zovaithug
I enjoyed some of this book but thought it contained too much historical and political information that was obviously pulled from other sources. Volpe picked and chose what he would write about. His tenure at the Met was far more acrimonious than he would care to admit. There's also too long a section on his own back story. It finally becomes interesting when he begins to describe the working conditions at the old Met and how technically difficult it was to stage seven performances a week in such an antiquated theater.

He also carefully picked and chose his singers. Somewhat dismissing Renata Scotto by writing she took on heavier Verdi roles and developed a wobble you could drive (something big) through. There's nothing regarding some of his more brilliant productions, just mostly bashing directors who proved to be trouble. He obviously adores Teresa Stratas and never mentions the difficulties she caused by canceling so many performances. There's very little on Mirella Freni, who gave mostly fantastic late career performances at the Met and really was the last Italian prima donna to sing there. There's a long chapter on Kathleen Battle and all the incidents leading up to termination at the Met --- which was a fun read but I'm sure he was very disingenuous with his concerns for her mental stability.

Is it a must read? Not completely. Anyone interested in that period of the Met's history, will not find the whole story of Mr. Volpe's tenure as general manager. This is definitely NOT like Rudolf Bing's two books regarding his tenure at the Met.

I read it on my Kindle. It contains a far amount of pictures which is not often the case with Kindle editions.

tamada
For anyone who's attended opera at the Met, or HD performances from the Met, this is an insider's story of career, divas, politics, stage machinery, and the family of behind the scenes people who create each production and performance. A fascinating story of the rise from carpenter to General Manager, the bumps along the way, and the persistence and personality that led to ultimate success.

Burirus
My husband and I are both avid opera buffs(He is a chorus member and I am a supernuminary for a regional opera company)and Italian Americans. We found Volpe's story of how he worked his way up from a(not so)humble carpenter building sets at the Metropolitan Opera to actually running one of the world's most famous opera houses, a very interesting and inspiring read. It makes one belive that with hard work, perseverence and passion, one can still work their way to the top in virtually any profession.

Urreur
Lots of interesting backstage gossip about singers and productions at the Met. Loved reading the history of productions I've seen.

Grari
Interesting account of the rise and reign of Mr. Volpe, but the Met being such an ego-factory (or at least such an ego meeting place), I expected more as to how to deal with all those "personalities"...Nice read, but not an absorving read.

If you don't know how it is running a difficult business in the entertainment industry, this book might help you to understand how complicated it is. Managing talented artists is one of the themes of this book. You will also enjoy many anecdotes of te Opera world.

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