Met General Manager Joseph Volpe Plans Memoir

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Joseph Volpe, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera since 1990, is writing a memoir to be published after his retirement in 2006.

Francois Giuliani, a spokesman for the Met, confirmed a report in Liz Smith's gossip column that Volpe is at work on a book.

According to Smith, Volpe is writing the book, tentatively titled "The Toughest Show on Earth: How I Ran the Metropolitan Opera for 16 Years and Survived," with New Yorker editor and writer Charles Michener. Giuliani declined to comment on these assertions.

Volpe, a onetime carpenter at the Met, is known as a demanding and powerful executive who has dealt unflinchingly with the world's most prominent singers. Perhaps his most talked-about episode came in 1994, when he fired the famously difficult soprano Kathleen Battle, citing her "unprofessional actions."

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