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Great Operatic Disasters
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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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.
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.