The King and I by Herbert Breslin
The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

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Luciano Pavarotti’s longtime manager and friend tells all. All.

The King and I is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” During that career, Breslin moved Pavarotti out of the opera house and onto the concert (and the world) stage and into the arms of a huge mass public. How he and Pavarotti changed the landscape of opera is one of the most significant and entertaining stories in the history of classical music, and Herbert Breslin relates the tale in a brash, candid, witty fashion that is often bitingly frank and profane. He also provides a portrait of his friend and client—“a beautiful, simple, lovely guy who turned into a very determined, aggressive, and somewhat unhappy superstar”—that is by turns affectionate and satirical and full of hilarious details and tales out of school, with Pavarotti emerging as something like the ultimate Italian male. The book is also enlivened by the voices of other players in the soap opera drama that was Pavarotti’s career, and they are no less uncensored than Herbert Breslin. The last word, in fact, comes from none other than Luciano Pavarotti himself!
The King and I is the ultimate backstage book about the greatest opera star of the past century—and it’s a delight to read as well.
 

About Herbert Breslin

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Herbert Breslin has been a classical music publicist and manager for many of the greatest performers of our time for the past forty years.Anne Midgette is a regular reviewer of classical music for the New York Times and has contributed to Opera News and many other music magazines.
 
Published October 19, 2004 by Three Rivers Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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When he comes into a room, he begins sniffing like a dog, and his first question is, 'What smells so good?' '' We are treated to scenes of him using a tablespoon to gobble up caviar to the point of nausea and of his ''swaying belly flowing over the edge of the chaise longue.'' Not only is Pav...

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In this outspoken and entertaining book, the authors chronicle Breslin's 36 years as publicist and manager for tenor Pavarotti, from the early days when the singer was, Breslin says, "a very beautiful, simple, lovely guy," to the final years of his career, when Breslin found him "a very determine...

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There are music lovers --- and then there are opera fans.

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Subtitled The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary, Breslin's book paints a gruffly affectionate portrait of an exasperating maestro whose appetites take precedence over his artistry—and whose avarice leads him to continue hoisting his ...

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