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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981477348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981477343
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm

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"Long' book surprised me by its earthiness and honesty ... He spares no one in his narrative, least of all himself... [His] tone is downright irreverent, but it' beautifully written and easy to read; even the musical terminology is transparent." Tom Glenn, "A good title is no guarantee of a good book, but Charles Long' Adventures in the Scream Trade is an uncommonly candid and opinionated account of his life as a starring operatic baritone." Mark Kanny, "Music fans of all genres will identify with his trials, tribulations, and successes in the scream trade. Any reader who has ever screamed due to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune will take heart in knowing that in Charles Long they'e found a fellow traveler." Chip Etier,

About the Author

Charles Long has lived an eclectic life. A professional musician and Equity actor before age 20, he became a leading baritone at New York City Opera by age 30, a symphony conductor by age 40, and a published writer by age 45. He also has taught voice, piano, and music history at the college level. He divides his time between the pristine forests of Washington State and the expansive deserts of Arizona.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A real scream 13 Oct. 2012
By Eva Moon - Published on
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I'll start this off by confessing that I am acquainted with Charles Long. But I met him long after he left the opera and beyond knowing he'd sung, knew little of his actual career. I was blown away!

I so enjoyed reading this book on so many levels. 1, it's hilarious. He shares dozens of great anecdotes that really take you backstage. I've always thought the audience misses the best part of a show and this proves it. 2, it's honest. Charles pulls no punches. If he has an opinion about a person or a situation, he'll say so without regard to the reputation or stature of his target. In the most colorful language. It was both shocking and refreshing! and 3, I loved it for the inside view it gave me of a true life in the arts - a person who has devoted his whole being, without excuse or reservation, to art. It's a level of purity most of us can only glimpse and is the true gift of this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Both are excellent. If you know absolutely nothing about the world ... 17 July 2014
By Phillip Crooks - Published on
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I have read the Ebook version twice and have listened to excerpts from the oral-book version. Both are excellent. If you know absolutely nothing about the world of opera Mr. Long's book will offer you entrance into this exciting, generous, backbiting, exceptionally talented world of big-league-opera. Those who know little will know lots; those who,know lots about opera will nod, "yes, you hit it"
I highly recommend the book (both versions) to all "adults." Phillip Crooks
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For those in the business.... 13 Mar. 2013
By Pesecito - Published on
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I loved this book although it made me sad. It is for a narrow audience perhaps but, in my youth I worked with the author in opera and was cowed by his immense, international level talent...and to learn of how terribly he was treated by fate...and to see how marvelously he overcame it all...makes me think that anyone who has ever struggled against terrible odds to find a positive resolution...this is a textbook and a well worthwhile read.
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D 5 Dec. 2014
By Tom Lange - Published on
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What a wonderful story about Charles, the opera trade, and the successes and tribulations. I laughed; I empathized; a whole set of emotions. listened to the book with the added benefit of hearing Charles melodic baritone singing. Brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommend!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An evening at the opera - like you've never before experienced! 16 July 2014
By The Radio Patriot - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When one cracks open the cover of a new book, it's like trying a bottle of wine for the first time. You never know for sure if it is going to be to your liking, or suit your taste. But once the cork is popped and the wine poured, if it's good, it's like a beautiful aria, music to one's ears. Reading "Adventures in the Scream Trade" is just that -- music to one's ears on the page, and if you've got the audio version, a pleasure to one's aural senses.

Having previously read books about opera singers -- Rosa Ponselle, and Maria Callas, to name just a couple -- I expected more of the same. Not at all! Charles Long has written a refreshingly funny, sometimes catty tale that reminds one of a bit of the gossipy Kitty Kelley with the sharp wit of Dorothy Parker. Witty, wicked, sweet, and thoroughly enchanting, Long takes you through the chapters of his life leaving you wanting more, more! Encore!

As the title hints, "Adventures in the Scream Trade" is the unvarnished story of opportunities met and lost, a life lived with top notes and sung with all the gusto you'd expect from a talented and gifted baritone who humorously lets you in on the occasional low notes of his career. The book's audio version is particularly recommended, as it adds the added dimension of Long's rich vocal narration and beautiful operatic offerings that enhance and embellish. Reading "Scream Trade", you'll find yourself savoring every page and chapter with an engaging and talented story teller whose company will lift your spirits in the same way as did that fine wine you knew you wanted more of with that first sip.
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