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Who's My Bottom? [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Gillett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"Very funny, painfully honest, and invariably true. A real insight into a working opera singer's life." - Nicholas Hytner. "The descriptions of rehearsals are very funny." - Ian Hislop. "It's no exaggeration to say that Who's My Bottom? made me laugh out loud, abruptly and in public places, many times--and brought tears to my eyes at others." - Steven Blier. "LOVED it. It was a terrific, can't put it down read. It arrived two days ago and is already dog eared! I loved his style of writing and his frankness and honesty were both refreshing and beguiling. Great." - Graham Clark "I loved it..I Iaughed till I cried...and I think you are a bloody genius!" - Susan Bullock. "Terrific. By turns hilarious and touching." - Clive Bayley


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O23J4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spot on!!! 14 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
Chris Gillett has captured the real world of opera in this book...for those poor misguided people out there who think "Popstar to Operastar" is a true picture of our profession, get out and buy this immediately, and learn what it is REALLY like!!! This book is by turn hilarious,deeply touching and above all searingly honest. Surprise , surprise, the real world of opera is not all Rolex watch advertising, limos and microphones..it is months away from home dealing with often a bizarre group of people and at the same time trying to maintain a normal home life too..and Chris paints this picture perfectly. I heartily recommend this book to everyone...you will weep with laughter. Can we have another one soon please?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a truer word.......... 4 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
I read this wonderful book at one sitting - rare for me. Poignant, insightful, VERY funny, but above all painfully (sometimes) realistic. Life on the boards really is like this, people. Genius.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 14 Sept. 2011
Format:Paperback
Chris Gillett's short book about his own experiences as a professional opera and concert soloist is stuffed full of wit, wisdom and the sort of vital information about how to deal with the good and the bad stuff of a singer's lot that I wish someone had told me 25 years ago. For any singing student who hopes to pursue a career it will be both a vital eye opener, a reality check and a tool kit. For those singers already at work in the business it holds the mirror up to common experience with candour, great humour and humanity. If you don't laugh out loud and occasionally wince you are made of stone. Buy it !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nick Hornby of Opera. 15 Sept. 2011
Format:Paperback
The 'Fever Pitch' of opera. A delightful read. In turns funny, moving, absurd, but most of all; deeply passionate and dispassionately honest. Christopher Gillett charts the high life and low life of his career choice as Opera Singer and the journey he travels. This is the story as it is, the story as it needs to be told. Any reader interested in the performing arts will be wholly entertained and enlightened by this unique and personal memoir. If you want to take the lid off the real world of the jobbing (albeit successful) opera performer and take a peek inside - this is the book. I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST read this!! 4 Oct. 2011
By Mrs Z
Format:Paperback
A hilariously funny and frank account of the crazy life of an opera singer. I found myself laughing out loud throughout with so many of the 'characters' so vividly observed. There are also touching moments that explain the reality of this job/lifestyle. From how to deal with temperamental colleagues to dodgy shoes, every singer/student should have this book in their library next to their Aria Anthology to complete their tool kit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera laid bare 4 Oct. 2011
By b8sso
Format:Paperback
Terrific. By turns hilarious and touching. A real insight into the life of an opera singer. Rings true on so many levels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a truer word... 19 Feb. 2012
By J. S. Bundy VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I lent my copy to an eminent conductor and didn't get it back. I suspect it is being passed around a UK music conservatoire as I type. I now have a copy on my kindle to remind myself that singers often have as miserable time as stage managers on some shows! A witty, well written, book laying bare one tenors life in the weird world of opera.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all true..for better or for worse!! 11 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read a few 'kiss and tell' books about our profession but none have come close to revealing the truth about the best and the worst aspects, nor with such humanity and wit. Enjoy this small, beautifully-written, action-packed collection of Christopher Gillett's experiences; some filled with pain and some with joy and pride. I am proud to be his colleague and friend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
A rather disjointed read. Hopped around without any structure.
Published 3 days ago by choralist
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading while in Glyndebourne
Enjoyed this book greatly. Very very funny and it especially hit the nail on the head about singing modern music......
Published 10 months ago by Helene Schneiderman-Flamme
4.0 out of 5 stars An opera singer's lot is not always a happy one
For all those who imagine opera singers lead a glamorous life, think again. This is a wonderfully engaging book. Funny, sad and thought provoking.
Published 13 months ago by RosA
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it so funny !
Absolutely funny read excellent for a holiday read enjoyed it so much .....don't think of opera just life in general
Published 16 months ago by MrsB
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous read!
I don't know whether the 'Britten/Bottom' stories are funnier than the Milan stories in Scraping the Bottom, but both are just so wittily told - you really find yourself laughing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rimsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
Christopher Gillett knows the singer's world from the inside, and shows it to us, monstrous carbuncles and all, with inimitable wit and humour. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lev P
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, funny and beautifully honest
I was given this book for Christmas, and enjoyed it so much I just had to review it. This book is funny, honest, and gives a wonderful insight into the life of a working singer. Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by Roger Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars Gillletsread
Highly recommended read and totally laugh out loud. And definitely laugh out loud on a quiet train coach....can't not!Just wanted more... Read more
Published on 3 Oct. 2012 by MsKath
3.0 out of 5 stars Insider trading professional gossip.
A blog does not automatically become a book, self-publishing does not provide an objective editorial eye,
and sadly this book is evidence of these truths, so that though it is... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Stephen Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it is.
A beautifully-written, devastatingly honest, and endlessly accurate portrayal of life as a professional opera singer. Read more
Published on 16 Dec. 2011 by Paul Carey Jones
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