Cinderella & Company, by Manuela Hoelterhoff
This excellent book about the inside of the world of opera is amusing, well-written, to the point and short.
Initially, an impression comes to the reader. The book is a story of antedotes – the opera in the 1990s and in the past – but there is more.
A growing realization comes that the author has written the outline for a new opera libretto: Singers of all sexs, shapes and ages are themselves; most have great talent but do not want to sing. Every singer in a libretto based upon this book can sing a few bars from a famous aria and quit, as if to say, “see I know the whole thing.” In the songs of the opera singers sound out their excuses, reasons, or disgust why they will not perform. NOTE: Sets for the new opera cost zero because everything is backstage. It is all in this book including the ending where some singers mature and otherwise grow up, getting over their juvenile, wanton ways in order to return to the silly world of the opera stage. There’s a lot of money at stake.
Read this book to be entertained, or to write a libretto.