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True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera



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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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 11
Overture: Lotfi in the Underworldp. 13
The Temple Shall Not Fall Tonightp. 21
Prompting the Prompterp. 27
Those Wacky Wagneritesp. 31
Have You Seen Lotfi's Violetta?p. 34
The Unkindest Cut of All, Part Ip. 38
Wasn't that Better, Kid?p. 42
Coming to a Headp. 47
Intermission: (Mis)adventures in Italyp. 52
The Curse of the Joyous Woman, Part Ip. 66
The Exposed Unmentionablesp. 69
The Unkindest Cut of All, Part IIp. 73
An Offer I Couldn't Refusep. 76
The Shah's Non-Command Performancep. 85
Mid-Life Crisisp. 89
Horsing Around in Viennap. 95
The Many Faces of Lovep. 101
Intermission: A Potpourri of Madnessp. 104
The Curse of the Joyous Woman, Part IIp. 112
The Rio Normap. 117
Did I Hear Him Right?p. 122
Acting Up on Opening Nightp. 125
Do Worry, Be Unhappyp. 129
Boards and Other Well-Meaning Obstaclesp. 131
Dinner with the Yeltsinsp. 139
Two Gentlemen in Veronap. 143
What's My Line?p. 149
Finale: Lotfi's Songp. 154
Indexp. 167
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