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Grand Opera: The Story of the Met

Affron, Charles, Affron, Mirella Jona

Published by University of California Press
ISBN 10: 0520250338 / ISBN 13: 9780520250338
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Title: Grand Opera: The Story of the Met

Publisher: University of California Press

Binding: Hardcover

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The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, this title tells how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. Num Pages: 472 pages, 47 b/w images, 20 tables. BIC Classification: 1KBBEY; AVGC9. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 153 x 237 x 34. Weight in Grams: 784. . 2014. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780520250338

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Synopsis: The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron tell how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. In this first new history of the company in thirty years, each of the chronologically sequenced chapters surveys a composer or a slice of the repertoire and brings to life dominant personalities and memorable performances of the time. From the opening night Faust to the recent controversial production of Wagner's "Ring," Grand Opera is a remarkable account of management and audience response to the push and pull of tradition and reinvention. Spanning the decades between the Gilded Age and the age of new media, this story of the Met concludes by tipping its hat to the hugely successful "Live in HD" simulcasts and other twenty-first-century innovations. Grand Opera's appeal extends far beyond the large circle of opera enthusiasts. Drawing on unpublished documents from the Metropolitan Opera Archives, reviews, recordings, and much more, this richly detailed book looks at the Met in the broad context of national and international issues and events.

Review: "A welcome addition to the annals of opera history. Opera fans will feast on the facts and famous figures that fill these pages." Library Journal 20141001 "A valuable and readable history of the Met." -- Joseph Horowitz Wall Street Journal 20140919 "An entertaining and serious contextualization of the state of the Metropolitan Opera today, as well as an emotionally and intellectually satisfying read." -- Weston Williams Christian Science Monitor 20140922 "This volume tells of a grand operatic melodrama, though played out as often by general managers and unions as by prima donnas." BEST BOOKS OF 2014 -- Richard Fairman Financial Times 20141128 "Passionate opera fans Charles and Mirella Affron have created a comprehensive, decade-by-decade history of the Metropolitan Opera House and its changing repertoire, from the inaugural 1883 Faust to Marian Anderson's Civil Rights era debut to the age of 'Live in HD"'simulcast. If the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice whetted your operatic appetite, here is a splendid multicourse meal." -- Nina Shengold Chronogram 20141201 "This new history is an epic treat for the Metophile ... an exhaustively researched, updated, thoughtful Met Opera history. The successive directors' flaws and achievements are described with equanimity. It compellingly conveys the problems and the progress, the failures and the glories of the Metropolitan Opera." -- Carol L. Anderson Wagner Notes 20150201 "The Affrons have filled a void with 'Grand Opera: The Story of the Met.' ... They have written a conscientious, readable history of this world-renowned opera company. Their writing style is elegant, fitting for the elegant Met." -- Bill Schwab The Missourian 20150219 "Richly detailed ... For better or worse, where the Met goes, other companies follow; and as the Affrons' gracefully written and finely researched history so often reminds us, the history of the Met is frequently the history of opera itself." -- Ditlev Rindom Cambridge Humanities Review 20150101

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