A Cadenza for Caruso (The Opera Mysteries Book 1)

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History’s greatest tenor hunts a killer at the Metropolitan Opera in this “hilarious” and “thoroughly delightful” mystery from a Shamus Award nominee (Publishers Weekly).

Giacomo Puccini has always been a flirt. When he isn’t writing the most popular operas the world has ever known, he has an eye for the ladies, and he doesn’t care if his wife, Elvira, knows it. But after the composer participates in a harmless bit of chitchat with a servant girl, Elvira explodes with jealousy, driving the girl from the house and spreading lies so terrible that the innocent young woman takes her own life. Puccini is left shattered, driven nearly to suicide, and only Enrico Caruso can save him.

The legendary tenor lures Puccini to New York to premiere his new opera on the Metropolitan stage. At first, all goes well. But when a member of the Metropolitan family is found murdered, all signs point to Puccini as the killer. To avert a real-life tragedy, the great Caruso takes on the most challenging role of his career: detective.

A Cadenza for Caruso is the 1st book in the Opera Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.




Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (Star Wars – Legends)

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(as of Feb 02,2019 20:20:17 UTC – Details)


At long last, the Star Wars story of the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Plagueis and his apprentice, Darth Sidious, is revealed!
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“The best Star Wars publication to date . . . [James] Luceno takes Darth Plagueis down the dark path and never looks back.”—Newsday
 
Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the ultimate power—over life and death.
 
Darth Sidious: In secret he masters the power of the dark side, while publicly climbing to the highest government office.
 
One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing. . . .
 
“Luceno draws on his storytelling skill and prodigious knowledge of the [Star Wars] world . . . to craft a complex tale of ambition and desire.”—Library Journal

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Coloring New York City: 24 Famous New York City sites for you to color! (Volume 1)

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(as of Jan 26,2019 00:11:16 UTC – Details)



Hello dear coloring book enthusiasts! I want to introduce to you this unique and detailed coloring book, dedicated to New York City. Here you will find 24 different NY sites to color in any way you wish. In fact, you may even color outside the lines! The Big Apple is all about life, energy, movement, people and wonderful architecture. All of this is present inside this coloring book. Some special features are:• The pages are one sided for you to possibly cut out the colored pictures for framing or gifts.• Each page has a gray backing for possible bleed through issues.• Pages feature neat frames round the artwork.• Each drawing is a detailed famous scene of New York City, no filler pages!• Each page comes autographed by the artist. Please stay tuned for more artwork of New York City to come, for now enjoy the coloring! If you enjoyed the book, please leave a review and let me know :)Yours truly, Anna



Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany

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(as of Jan 13,2019 20:38:01 UTC – Details)



After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his life’s work.
 
Picking up where he left off in Finishing the Hat, Sondheim gives us all the lyrics, along with excluded songs and early drafts, of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion. Here, too, is an in-depth look at the evolution of Wise Guys, which subsequently was transformed into Bounce and eventually became Road Show. Sondheim takes us through his contributions to both television and film, some of which may surprise you, and covers plenty of never-before-seen material from unproduced projects as well. There are abundant anecdotes about his many collaborations, and readers are treated to rare personal material in this volume, as Sondheim includes songs culled from commissions, parodies and personal special occasions over the years—such as a hilarious song for Leonard Bernstein’s seventieth birthday. As he did in the previous volume, Sondheim richly annotates his lyrics with invaluable advice on songwriting, discussions of theater history and the state of the industry today, and exacting dissections of his work, both the successes and the failures.
 
Filled with even more behind-the-scenes photographs and illustrations from Sondheim’s original manuscripts, Look, I Made a Hat is fascinating, devourable and essential reading for any fan of the theater or this great man’s work.After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his life’s work.



On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius

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(as of Jan 06,2019 11:52:21 UTC – Details)



Celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with an intimate and detailed look at the public and private life of the Maestro written by his former assistant. Foreword by Broadway legend Harold Prince.

“An affectionate portrait of an eminent musician who was driven by demons.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Harmon’s personable and warm account of what it was like to work for one of the twentieth century’s musical giants casts new light on Bernstein and his world.”
Booklist

“This multifaceted perspective gives readers plenty of salacious gossip paired with insight into Leonard Bernstein’s remarkable artistic achievements later in life.”
—Library Journal

On the Road is a colorfully written, unforgettably entertaining and unputdownable book, and is available just in time for LB’s 100th birthday. Unreservedly recommended.
Fanfare Magazine

Leonard Bernstein reeked of cheap cologne and obviously hadn’t showered, shaved, or slept in a while. Was he drunk to boot? He greeted his new assistant with “What are you drinking?” Yes, he was drunk.

Charlie Harmon was hired to manage the day-to-day parts of Bernstein’s life. There was one additional responsibility: make sure Bernstein met the deadline for an opera commission. But things kept getting in the way: the centenary of Igor Stravinsky, intestinal parasites picked up in Mexico, teaching all summer in Los Angeles, a baker’s dozen of young men, plus depression, exhaustion, insomnia, and cut-throat games of anagrams. Did the opera get written?

For four years, Charlie saw Bernstein every day, as his social director, gatekeeper, valet, music copyist, and itinerant orchestra librarian. He packed (and unpacked) Bernstein’s umpteen pieces of luggage, got the Maestro to his concerts, kept him occupied changing planes in Zurich, Anchorage, Tokyo, or Madrid, and learned how to make small talk with mayors, ambassadors, a chancellor, a queen, and a Hollywood legend or two. How could anyone absorb all those people and places? Because there was music: late-night piano duets, or the Maestro’s command to accompany an audition, or, by the way, the greatest orchestras in the world. Charlie did it, and this is what it was like, told for the first time.



James Levine: 40 Years at the Metropolitan Opera

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(Amadeus). This extraordinary collection of photographs and essays chronicles the unparalleled career of Maestro James Levine over four decades at the Metropolitan Opera. Many of opera’s leading artists such as Pierre Boulez, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Robert Lepage, Leontyne Price, Teresa Stratas, and Franco Zeffirelli provide insight into Levine’s remarkable musicianship and singular artistry. Joined with critical essays, their colorful commentary will be complemented by Levine’s own reflections on his work, his intense artistic collaborations, milestones at the Met, and achievements such as building the renowned Met orchestra and expanding the Met repertory. The book is richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs of Met performances, rehearsals, curtain calls, and backstage shots. James Levine: Forty Years at the Metropolitan Opera explores the legendary conductor’s profound body of work over four decades of musical leadership, offering an unusual and personal look at one of history’s most influential artistic figures at the helm of the world’s greatest opera house.Used Book in Good Condition



Catalogue of the loan exhibition of historical portraits and relics, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, April 17th to May 8th, 1889

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(as of Dec 14,2018 05:48:44 UTC – Details)



This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.



Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera

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(as of Dec 06,2018 07:41:44 UTC – Details)



Behind the gold curtains of the Metropolitan Opera House, amidst the elaborate sets, bejeweled costumes, and labyrinth of administrative offices, the Met has traditionally operated in great secrecy. Until now.

Johanna Fiedler, who was the Met’s general press representative for fifteen years, draws upon her insider’s knowledge and rivetingly reveals for the first time the company’s Byzantine inner workings and the personal, social, economic, and artistic struggles that have always characterized the Met.

Molto Agitato is a tale with an appropriately operatic cast of characters_haughty blue bloods, ambitious social climbers, determined administrators, stubborn board members, temperamental artists_all maneuvering to use their power and influence to make the Met conform to their own agendas. Fiedler brings to life the early days of the Met, with the imperious Toscanini arriving from Italy and Caruso filling the house; the post-WW II years, when the unions gained strength and plagued the company with strikes; and the ever present passions of tenors and sopranos, clashing offstage as well as on. But most revelatory are Fiedler’s portrayals of James Levine and Joseph Volpe and their practically parallel ascendancies_Levine rising from prodigy to artistic director, Volpe advancing from stagehand to general manager_and their once strained relationship that was compounded by Volpe’s much publicized firing of the soprano Kathleen Battle.

With its swift-flowing narrative, Molto Agitato is a wonderfully entertaining and thoroughly engaging account not only of one of the world’s most respected and richest music institutions but also of power, politics, ambition, and egos.



Mr. Wrong (A New York Minute Book 1)

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Why does the wrong guy feel so right?

I had my perfect husband all picked out, but then he decided to marry someone else. So, on the night of his engagement party, I’m drowning my sorrows with my BFF Kari … and in walks Mitchell Cole.

Mitch is the slow-talking, sexy-walking, eye-crinkle-having star of one of Kari’s soap operas, but he doesn’t do a thing for me. I need a career guy with a steady job and a plan, not a scruffy actor who works construction between gigs.

Then Kari “volunteers” me to hang out with him so I can get behind-the-scenes gossip for her. And that’s all it is, even if his special blend of sweet and sexy is starting to break through my defenses.

But then my ex comes back into my life in the most unexpected way, and that’s when things get confusing. Do I choose the man who’s everything I thought I wanted? Or the man who might be everything I need?

Fans of Lauren Blakely and Emma Chase will love this hilarious and sexy take on losing Mr. Right … and finding Mr. Wrong.

Mr. Wrong was previously published as Midnight Confessions.