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Joseph Volpe

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Joseph Volpe was born in Brooklyn. He joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1964 and was its general manager for sixteen years. He lives in New York City with his wife, the former ballet dancer Jean Anderson Volpe, and their daughter.

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The Toughest Show on Earth

Written by Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener

Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $12.99

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The Toughest Show on Earth

Written by Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.00

A fascinating, anecdote-filled behind-the-scenes look at more than forty years of the highlights, successes, and day-to-day inner workings—all about productions, the divas, and backstage dramas—of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, by Joseph Volpe, the only general manager to have risen through the ranks.

This book is the story of Volpe’s years... Read more >
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