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5000 Nights at the Opera: The Memoirs of Sir Rudolf Bing Hardcover – 1972

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385092598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385092593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Cundiff on March 30, 2006
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Sir Rudolph Bing is most famous for running the New York Metropolitan Opera House through the '50s, 60's, and into the '70's. In this time he witnessed some of the most amazing opera the world has ever seen. Of course the book does not start there. Bing had lived a full life before even signing on at the Met. I found this book to be very well-written. Sir Rudolph Bing's personality really shows through in his writing. If you are at all interested in opera, life during the World Wars or just hearing about the flaws of world famous celebrities, I highly recommend this. - David C.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa on May 1, 2009
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If you have a love of opera (and maybe even if you don't), this book is fascinating. So, okay, parts of it are self-serving, although I felt that it was equally a way for Sir Rudolf to make up to people he might have offended, but there are a lot of stories worth reading here. Like the time he and the Nazis arrived in Vienna on the same day. Look it up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Maven on January 28, 2014
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I came to this book by way of one of Mr. Bing's successors. Having read Joseph Volpe's "Toughest Show on Earth," I encountered many interesting and humorous stories about Mr. Bing contained therein. Mr. Volpe's tenure coincided closely to the period of time when I was attending operas at the Metropolitan, so it held very personal interest to me. Mr. Bing's tenure was well before I even knew anything about opera, however, it was during his years that many of the great singers of my generation were introduced to the Met roster. Mr. Bing comes across as a very elegant gentleman, with a wonderfully dry sense of humor, but who also seems very down to earth, as is evident in this book and Mr. Volpe's. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in opera, particularly the Metropolitan.
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Even though the names and events are mostly in the 50's and 60's the author, Rudolf Bing relates the trials and difficulties in running a large Opera
company, working with singers, conductors, directors etc. who often have an exaggerated opinion of themselves. What was true back then is
just as likely going on in all the major opera companies today. An easy fascinating read on how a skilled manager navigates a treacherous,
complicated responsibility keeping it going 7 performances a week.
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For opera buffs, an excellent introduction to the difficulties of managing the Met through a couple of decades of operatic temperaments, great performances, financial difficulties and saviors, backstage rivalries.
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