“Lotfi is a wonderful reminder of the impresarios of the past, but with the capacity to look forward to the future and all the new possibilities for our art form.” (Placido Domingo)

Lotfi Mansouri’s Book:

Lotfi Mansouri has lived a full life in opera: triumphs and near disasters, divas and divos, moneymen and true artists, he has known them all. In this entertaining and engaging memoir, Mansouri lifts the curtain and invites the reader to see how magic is created on stage. He has lived a storied life: early years in Iran, move to America, long stays in Europe and Canada, directing tasks on several continents, and a brilliant final act as the general director of the San Francisco Opera, all the while continuing to mount productions worldwide. He has known virtually everybody in the opera world over the past fifty years, and has collaborated with some of the greatest. Mansouri was also a central figure in the recent rejuvenation of opera through innovations such as supertitles and, perhaps more important, the staging and commissioning of new works that would appeal to a contemporary audience, such as SFO’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Dead Man Walking. Mansouri isn’t shy about dropping names and bruising some egos (even his own). Anyone who wants to know what the opera world is really like can now find out in the company of a charming and expert guide.

About the Author

LOTFOLLAH “LOTFI” MANSOURI is an Iranian-born opera director and manager. He was the general director of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto from 1976 to 1988 and of the San Francisco Opera from 1988 through 2001. In addition, he is credited with the revolutionary introduction of the running translation strip or “supertitles” to the world of opera in 1983. In 2009 he received the Opera Honors award of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 About my experience with Lotfi Mansouri

 Lotfi Mansouri was my first “mentor” in the business of “Opera”, and he is still my mentor today. I am proud that he is the “Artistic Advisor” for my company Mobile Productions GmbH that will premiere: VIVA VERDI DIE SPEKTAKULÄRE BŰHNENSHOW! at the Hallendstadion in Zurich in December 2012.

Lotfi – you have inspired so many of us to work in the “opera business” and so many more people have been inspired to attend opera all over the world by you and your tireless efforts to bring people to opera.

Simply – thank you! You are a treasure!

Lotfi’s book is on sale now at http://is.gd/cvNbQ for sure this is a delightful read!

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