Lotfi Mansouri: An Operatic Journey by Lotfi Mansouri

By Lotfi Mansouri

Lotfi Mansouri has lived an entire existence in opera: triumphs and close to mess ups, divas and divos, moneymen and precise artists, he has recognized all of them. during this exciting and interesting memoir, Mansouri lifts the curtain and invitations the reader to work out how magic is created on degree. He has lived a storied lifestyles: early years in Iran, movement to the US, lengthy remains in Europe and Canada, directing projects on a number of continents, and a super ultimate act because the common director of the San Francisco Opera, the entire whereas carrying on with to mount productions world wide. He has identified nearly each person within the opera international over the last fifty years, and has collaborated with many of the maximum. Mansouri used to be additionally a critical determine within the fresh rejuvenation of opera via ideas corresponding to supertitles and, maybe extra vital, the staging and commissioning of latest works that will entice a modern viewers, resembling SFO’s creation of The dying of Klinghoffer, A Streetcar Named wish, and useless guy jogging. Mansouri isn’t shy approximately losing names and bruising a few egos (even his own). someone who desires to comprehend what the opera global is actually like can now discover within the corporation of an enthralling and specialist consultant.

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Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White by Ron Nessen

By Ron Nessen

For fifteen years, Ron Nessen loved a unprecedented profession protecting the most important nationwide occasions of the Nineteen Sixties and '70s for NBC information, and later serving as White apartment press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford. Making the scoop, Taking the inside track recollects the occasions and personalities that ruled nationwide politics in the course of Nessen's occupation, bringing a hard-won standpoint to these tumultuous instances. via an interweaving of numerous incidents and private anecdotes, Nessen builds a narrative that captures the genuine grit of closed-door politics. Off-the-record briefings and process classes, in addition to descriptions of studies with Vietnam troops within the box, offer a bright representation of the lifetime of an on-the-road reporter. on the center of the ebook is Nessen's White residence years, because the veteran reporter supplies a worthwhile eyewitness account of occasions either behind the curtain and in entrance of the cameras that formed and adjusted the United States in the course of severe a long time.

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A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler by Victoria Sturtevant

By Victoria Sturtevant

In the 1st book-length learn of Marie Dressler, MGM's such a lot ecocnomic celeb within the early Nineteen Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for major women. At 5 toes seven inches tall and 2 hundred kilos, Dressler frequently performed grotesque ducklings, outdated maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. even if, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick workouts commanded the monitor. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique via taking a look at her vaudeville profession, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, rules of the physique politic within the movies Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and Bill and Tugboat Annie.

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The Beethoven Obsession by Brendan Ward

By Brendan Ward

A fast moving drama of frustration, envy, contention, fight and good fortune, this paintings tells the tale of the intertwined lives of 4 humans: Ludwig von Beethoven; a live performance pianist who was once a self-taught baby prodigy; a fanatical inventor who disassembled pianos as a baby; and a tv cameraman who turned a tune entrepreneur on the way to translate the song he enjoyed into the 1st recording of Beethoven’s tune captured totally on an Australian grand piano. This unorthodox and old odyssey makes for an amazing learn for someone with an curiosity in classical song or the tradition of Australia.

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Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life by Stephen Michael Shearer

By Stephen Michael Shearer

The across the world acclaimed actress Patricia Neal has been a celebrity on level, movie, and tv for almost sixty years. On Broadway she seemed in such lauded productions as Lillian Hellman's one other a part of the woodland, for which she received the first actual Tony Award, and The Miracle employee. In Hollywood she starred contrary the likes of Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, and Tyrone energy in a few thirty motion pictures. Neal anchored such vintage photographs because the Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, A Face within the Crowd, and Breakfast at Tiffany's, yet she is likely to be most sensible identified for her portrayal of Alma Brown in Hud, which earned her the Academy Award for most sensible Actress in 1963. yet there was a lot, even more to Neal's existence. She used to be born Patsy Louise Neal on January 20, 1926, in Packard, Kentucky, notwithstanding she spent so much of her formative years in Knoxville, Tennessee. Neal speedy received realization for her performing talents in highschool, neighborhood, and faculty performances. Her early level successes have been overshadowed by means of the unforeseen dying of her father in 1944. quickly after she left long island for Hollywood in 1947, Neal turned romantically concerned with Gary Cooper, her married co-star within the Fountainhead, an attachment which introduced them either loads of notoriety within the press and loads of heartache of their own lives. In 1953, Neal married famed kid's writer Roald Dahl, a fit that may convey her 5 young children and thirty years of dramatic ups and downs. In 1961, their son, Theo, was once heavily injured in an car coincidence and required a number of neurosurgeries and years of rehabilitation; the subsequent 12 months their daughter, Olivia, died of measles. on the top of her display profession, Patricia Neal suffered a chain of strokes which left her in a coma for twenty-one days. type even ran a headline erroneously declaring that she had died. on the time, Neal was once pregnant along with her and Dahl's 5th baby, Lucy, who was once born fit a number of months later. After a tricky restoration, Neal back to movie appearing, incomes a moment Academy Award nomination for the topic used to be Roses. She seemed in a couple of tv motion picture roles within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties and received a Golden Globe for most sensible Actress in a Dramatic television motion picture in 1971 for her function within the Homecoming. Patricia Neal: An Unquiet existence is the 1st severe biography detailing the actress's striking movie occupation and noteworthy own lifestyles. writer Stephen Michael Shearer has performed a number of interviews with Neal, her expert colleagues, and her intimate pals and was once given entry to the actress's own papers. the result's a good and accomplished portrait of an entire lady who has lived her existence with choice and bravery.

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Letters I Never Mailed: Clues to a Life by Alec Wilder by Alec Wilder

By Alec Wilder

Letters I by no means Mailed: Clues to a existence, by way of Alec Wilder, in a brand new, annotated version with advent and supplementary fabric by means of David Demsey, foreword via jazz pianist Marian McPartland, and images through Louis Ouzer. Alec Wilder is a unprecedented instance of a composer who validated a name either as a prolific composer of concertos, sonatas, and operas, and as a favored songwriter (including the hit "I'll Be Around"). He was once fearsomely articulate, and had a large and sundry circle of acquaintances, starting from Graham Greene to Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Letters I by no means Mailed, hailed at its first e-book (in 1975, by way of Little, Brown), tells the tale of Wilder's musical and private existence via "letters" addressed to numerous neighbors. In it, he stocks his insights-and occasionally salty opinions-on composing, musical lifestyles, and the stress among paintings and commercialism. This new, scholarly variation leaves Wilder's unique textual content intact yet decodes the mysteries of the unique via an Annotated Index that identifies the letters' addressees, a biographical essay through David Demsey as an Epilogue, and pictures through popular photographer, and lifetime good friend of Wilder, Louis Ouzer. David Demsey is Professor of song and Coordinator of Jazz experiences at William Paterson collage and an energetic jazz and classical saxophonist. he's co-author of Alec Wilder: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press) and has contributed to The Oxford spouse to Jazz.

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Silvio Scionti: Remembering a Master Pianist and Teacher by Jack Guerry

By Jack Guerry

Silvio Scionti was once a zestful, colourful determine, in addition to a grasp pianist and instructor. tales approximately him, quite approximately his greater than ten-year occupation on the collage of NorthTexas, are legion, and writer Jack Guerry—a former Scionti student—has amassed lots of them during this remembrance and biography.

Scionti firmly demonstrated his attractiveness as a compelling pianist, whose taking part in has been defined as robust, very important, and entire of eloquence, in the course of his twenty-six years on the American Conservatory in Chicago. identified particularly through the usa and Europe for his duo-piano taking part in, Scionti’s occupation flourished while he married Texan Isabel Laughlin, and the “irreproachable and irrepressible Sciontis” inspired critics at any place they played.

Lured to North Texas in 1942, the Sciontis have been instrumental within the progress of the college of tune to the stature it nonetheless claims this present day. Scionti’s “buoyant spirit,” enthusiasm, expertise, and popularity introduced scholars to Denton from round the nation. Many individuals of Scionti’s “student family”—themselves now pros and teachers—have contributed their memories to this quantity together with stories of Scionti’s proverbial Italian spaghetti dinners, arduous hikes up Mount Etna, and high-speed sight-seeing alongside Italian mountain lanes with Scionti on the wheel of his “magnificent purple Buick.”

The “indefatigable” Scionti by no means stopped: whilst he was once seventy and close to the tip of his North Texas occupation, he prepared a ten-day journey of 5 states for his eight-piano emsemble—taking the 8 pianos alongside and assembling them at all the 13 towns visited. Even via his “retirement” years, Scionti nonetheless used to be busy instructing and commencing expert doorways for college students who persisted to hunt him out.

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Non-Destructive Assessment of Concrete Structures: by Denys Breysse (auth.), Denys Breysse (eds.)

By Denys Breysse (auth.), Denys Breysse (eds.)

This publication offers details on non damaging thoughts for review of concrete buildings. It synthesizes the easiest of overseas wisdom approximately what suggestions can be utilized for assessing fabric houses (strength) and structural homes (geometry, defects...). It describes how the suggestions can be utilized in an effort to solution a sequence of ordinary questions, highlighting their services and boundaries, and offering advices for a greater use of ideas. It additionally makes a speciality of attainable combos of suggestions so one can increase the review. it's according to many illustrative examples and provides in every one case references to criteria and guidelines.

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The Films of Carol Reed by Robert Moss

By Robert Moss

As soon as enthroned as an incredible overseas filmmaker, Carol Reed has lengthy seeing that been banished to a musty nook of motion picture background. To dirt off his paintings, in spite of the fact that, is to find a stunning physique of flicks, a canon as awesome for its variety as its caliber. development his case, movie through movie, Robert Moss argues persuasively for a reassessment of this proficient artist, claiming a spot for him within the ranks of the world's maximum administrators.

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101 Amazing Spice Girls Facts by Jack Goldstein, Visit Amazon's Frankie Taylor Page, search

By Jack Goldstein, Visit Amazon's Frankie Taylor Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Frankie Taylor,

Are you the world's greatest Spice ladies fan? Or do you need to grasp every little thing there's to grasp in regards to the lady energy band who took the realm via typhoon within the 90s - and are nonetheless renowned today?

If so, then this is often the booklet for you! Contained inside are one zero one awesome evidence approximately every thing, from how the ladies obtained jointly to their love lives, their lives open air the gang and extra. The e-book is well organised into sections so that you can locate the data you will want quick. even if your favorite music is Viva without end, Wannabe, or 2 develop into 1, this wonderful e-book should be ideal for you!

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