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To its devotees, opera is the most sublime of arts. It is also one of the most accident prone, and when things go wrong, they tend to do so on a grand scale. Great Operatic Disasters records some of the most memorable calamities from opera houses around the world. Most of them are true, some have been embroidered over the years, and a few, well, se non e vero, e ben trovat ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 15th 1985 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1979)
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Mark Dickson
Feb 04, 2014 Mark Dickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The format of this slim volume is my favorite guitly pleasures. Small, one page vignettes of historic opera performances illustrating that if something can go wrong, it will. But also how great performers often soldier on and make small falls appear to be brilliant improvising. Highly recommended if you like this sort of thing.
Ikonopeiston
Mar 28, 2009 Ikonopeiston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hilarious. I laughed until I actually had to wipe my eyes.
Sarahj33
Dec 29, 2015 Sarahj33 rated it really liked it
This book is sort of bizarrely formatted, and almost reads like an email from a good friend full of inside jokes. The secret is, that with a modest knowledge of opera, you will understand most of the jokes, and they are hilarious. A short and extremely amusing read.
Amy
Jan 02, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply written; not researched (since many of the events happened prior to modern -day technology) rather related in oral-like tradition. Nonetheless an interesting, very easy read. Very easily digested in several five-minute sit-downs.
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One of the funniest books I have ever read. I reread it every few years to fall off my chair laughing.
Elizabeth Quinn
I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. A bit of light reading that I found useful.
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