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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
Overture: Lotfi in the Underworld
The Temple Shall Not Fall Tonight
Prompting the Prompter
Those Wacky Wagnerites
Have You Seen Lotfi's Violetta?
The Unkindest Cut of All, Part I
Wasn't that Better, Kid?
Coming to a Head
Intermission: (Mis)adventures in Italy
The Curse of the Joyous Woman, Part I
The Exposed Unmentionables
The Unkindest Cut of All, Part II
An Offer I Couldn't Refuse
The Shah's Non-Command Performance
Horsing Around in Vienna
The Many Faces of Love
Intermission: A Potpourri of Madness
The Curse of the Joyous Woman, Part II
The Rio Norma
Did I Hear Him Right?
Acting Up on Opening Night
Do Worry, Be Unhappy
Boards and Other Well-Meaning Obstacles
Dinner with the Yeltsins
Two Gentlemen in Verona
What's My Line?
Finale: Lotfi's Song
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