Mapleson Susie Timms

ISBN: 9780955066795

Published: June 1st 2008

Paperback

348 pages


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Mapleson  by  Susie Timms

Mapleson by Susie Timms
June 1st 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 348 pages | ISBN: 9780955066795 | 8.58 Mb

Colonel, King and Emperor - a remarkable Victorian character whose wheeler-dealer approach to opera management became legendary. From an impressionable childhood in the heart of Londons theatreland, through an early singing career under an alias,MoreColonel, King and Emperor - a remarkable Victorian character whose wheeler-dealer approach to opera management became legendary.

From an impressionable childhood in the heart of Londons theatreland, through an early singing career under an alias, James Henry Mapleson became supremo of a turbulent merry-go-round of fledgling starlets and prime donne, magnificent theatres and hair-raising contract deals that led him into the midst of royal society.From Her Majestys Theatre, The Lyceum, Drury Lane and Covent Garden, he took tours to the UK provinces, to Ireland and right across the early American west.

He battled with rivals such as Gye and Abbey, even taking on the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. Rarely daunted, even by terrible disasters, his ambition to create his own national opera house in London became an obsession.What happened in the thirty years of his life that do not appear in The Mapleson Memoirs (1888) and what led to his downfall?

This is a compelling true story, told with the benefits of original new research and interpretation. It includes intriguing comparisons with Elvis Presleys manager Colonel Tom Parker. It is indexed. It features contemporary illustrations.



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