The Management of Opera: An International Comparative Study

The Management of Opera: An International Comparative Study

by P. Agid, J. Tarondeau


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This book presents thecurrent and future issues facing opera houses and operacompanies. Problems in different environmentsneed different solutions. In particular, it opposesthe Americanmethodof managing cultural institutions, preferringa European one where public support and funds plays a major role.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230247260
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PHILIPPE AGID graduate of the National School of Administration in Paris, France, was a member of Jacques Chaban Delmas' cabinet between 1969 and 1972. He was then Secretary-general of the National Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE) before entering the Lafarge Group. He joined Hugues Gall as Secretary-general of the National Foundation for Management Education between 1995 and 2001. He advised several leaders of French cultural institutions. He co-authored L'Opéra de Paris: Gouverner une Grande Institution Culturelle with Jean-Claude Tarondeau.

JEAN-CLAUDE TARONDEAU is now Honorary Professor at Essec Business school, France.He received hisPhD from the University of Texasin Austin, USAand a Doctorate from the University of Paris Dauphine. He has been a Professor of Strategy and Management at Essec and at the University of Paris X-Nanterre, France.He was Chief Editor of the Revue Française de Gestion from 2002 to 2008. He has published ten books and more than sixty articles. He co-authored Philippe AgidL'Opéra de Paris: Gouverner une Grande Institution Culturelle.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vi

List of Figures vii

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction 1

1 Opera Houses: Order and Diversity 5

2 Programming: Risk and Commitment for the Future 44

3 Artistic and Technical Production 69

4 Audience and Diffusion 106

5 Architecture: Constraints or Opportunities? 130

6 Funding Opera Houses 156

7 Governance, Organization and Management 181

8 Tensions, Conflicts and Recent Crises 209

9 Performance, Strategic Options and Prospects 236

Appendix A Sample and Variables 270

Appendix B The Statistical Analysis of Opera Achievements 275

Glossary 279

Notes 282

Bibliography 289

Index 291

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