The toughest show on earth: my rise and reign at the Metropolitan Opera

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Knopf,
Pub. Date:
2006.
Language:
English
Description
A fascinating, anecdote-filled behind-the-scenes look at more than forty years of the highlights, successes, and day-to-day inner workings—all about productions, the divas, and backstage dramas—of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, by Joseph Volpe, the only general manager to have risen through the ranks. This book is the story of Volpe’s years leading up to those at the Met, from his first job as a stagehand at the Morosco Theater to the odd jobs he picked up moonlighting: setting up a searchlight or laying down a red carpet for a movie premiere, changing titles on the marquees at the Astor, Victor, and Paramount theaters. It is his Met years—from apprentice carpenter to general manager—that give us a story about New York and the business of culture. Volpe looks at the Met today, an institution full of vast egos and complicated politics, as well as its glittering past—the old Met at Thirty-ninth and Broadway, and the political and artistic intrigues that exploded around its move to Lincoln Center. With stunning candor, he writes about the general managers he worked under, including Rudolf Bing and Anthony Bliss; his own embattled rise to the top; the maneuverings of the blue-chip board; his bad-cop, good-cop collaboration with the conductor James Levine; and his masterful approach to making a family of such highly charged artist-stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, and Renée Fleming, and such visionary directors as Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Wilson, and Julie Taymor.
More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9780307262851
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 0b39e65b-ff76-f594-c527-9797108efd08
full_title toughest show on earth my rise and reign at the metropolitan opera
author volpe joseph
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:45AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Michener, Charles.
author Volpe, Joseph.
author2-role Michener, Charles.
author_display Volpe, Joseph
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 0b39e65b-ff76-f594-c527-9797108efd08
isbn 9780307262851
item_details ils:.b13169907|.i12499900|Central Adult Nonfiction|782.1 VOLPE|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Nov 26, 2016|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 782.1 VOLPE
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780307262851
publishDate 2006
record_details ils:.b13169907|Book|Books||English|Knopf,|2006.|x, 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13169907|.i12499900|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Opera producers and directors -- United States -- Biography
title_display The toughest show on earth : my rise and reign at the Metropolitan Opera
title_full The toughest show on earth : my rise and reign at the Metropolitan Opera / by Joseph Volpe with Charles Michener
title_short The toughest show on earth :
title_sub my rise and reign at the Metropolitan Opera