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Arizona Opera Book Club Meeting

"The Toughest Show on Earth" by Joseph Volpe
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:00pm

Opera is all about telling compelling stories through music. Most of the stories you see on stage are inspired by great literary works, historical events, legendary people, or better yet, current issues. Whether you are a Book Club regular or joining the group for the first time, we are excited to introduce you to our new ONLINE format.



How to Join: 

All book club activities, announcements, meetings, and more will be announced via our new Facebook group. We invite you to participate, post, and discuss each book with us as we discover these new titles together.



Book Club Meetings:

All Book Club activities, announcements, meetings, and more will be announced via our new Facebook group. If you are not part of Arizona Opera's Book Club Facebook Group and would still like to participate in our virtual book club meetings, please fill out the webform below and you will receive a link 24 hours prior to the meeting.




Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 848 0124 7611
Passcode: 433996


Book 5: "The Toughest Show on Earth" by Joseph Volpe
The Toughest Show on Earth

The Toughest Show on Earth is the ultimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the divas and the drama of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, by the remarkable man who rose from apprentice carpenter to general manager. Joseph Volpe gives us an anecdote-filled tour of more than four decades at the Met, an institution full of vast egos and complicated politics. With stunning candor, he writes about the general managers he worked under, his embattled rise to the top, the maneuverings of the blue-chip board and his masterful approach to making a family of such artists-stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, and Renée Fleming, and such visionary directors ad Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Wilson, and Julie Taymor. Intimate and frank, The Toughest Show on Earth is not only essential for music lovers, but for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of the culture business.