• Opera Lively Press has published Jay Hunter Morris' book - buy it here

    Our young publishing house Opera Lively Press has released its third book, "Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger" by renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris. Scroll down for links where you can buy the paperback, with worldwide shipping available, and the Kindle edition.

    Description by the author:

    "Disclaimer: Well, here's my book! I like to think it's equal parts auto-bio, inspiration, and unrepentant potty humor. WARNING, if you're sensitive and precious, you probably won't be amused. Turn back. But if on some rainy afternoon you find yourself in need of a few giggles, I hope you'll find some here. (Jay Hunter Morris)"

    Editorial Description:

    Meet our opera "zinger" (yes, with a "z" - read the book to find out why) - Grammy-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris, Metropolitan Opera's Siegfried in Wagner's Ring.

    Born in Paris, Texas (which is why the cover has the Texan reproduction of the Tour Eiffel with the hat), Jay was propelled to international fame after his big break in October 2011, when Met director Peter Gelb brought him in at short notice to substitute for a sick colleague, and he sang superbly this difficult role in front of a Met Live in HD worldwide audience.

    These are his incredibly funny memoirs. The gifted singer has a phenomenal talent for self-deprecating black humor (and linguist acrobatics - all spelling and grammar idiosyncrasies are done in purpose for a true Texan feel), but is also touching and admirable in his love for the art form, his family, and his values.

    This very entertaining book will not only make you laugh (hard!) but will also inform you about the joys and hardships of the operatic singing profession. (Luiz Gazzola, Senior Editor, Opera Lively Press)


    Get the print edition (paperback) from our secure e-store by clicking [here].

    Major credit cards accepted; worldwide shipping is available.

    The cover price is $10.95, £7.20, €8.50

    It is also on Barnes and Noble: [click here]

    Get it as Kindle edition (e-book) [here], or look for it at your country's Kindle store
    (United Kingdom, Canada, India, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, Mexico, and Brazil)

    The Kindle sells for $6.50 or equivalent in other currencies

    Publisher: Opera Lively Press
    Copyright 2013-2018: Opera Lively Press, all rights reserved
    Publication Date: April 01, 2013
    ISBN 10: 0615793878
    EAN13: 978-0615793870-Opera Lively Press
    Page Count: 140
    Binding Type: Paperback, US Trade Paper
    Trim Size: 5" x 8" (12.70 x 20.32 cm)
    Shipping weight: 7.6 ounces (216 grams)
    Language: English
    Color: Full Colors on the covers; Black and White, on White Paper in the interior
    Bibliographic Category: Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians

    Kindle Edition:
    File Size: 532 KB
    Publisher: Opera Lively Press (April 4, 2013)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    Language: English
    ASIN: B00C7GV540
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    X-Ray: Not Enabled
    Lending: Enabled


    Photo Credit Vii Tanner, used with authorization

    Jay Hunter Morris was also featured in a delightful exclusive interview with Opera Lively, which can be read [here] and will figure in the volume 2 of our Interviews series, to be published in 2014.

    The back cover includes the following picture of the tenor at the time of his initial Siegfried performance at the Met. Opera Lively Press was kindly authorized by the photographer Gil Lavi to use it on the cover (just like the above shot was also donated by Vii Tanner):

    Photo Credit Gil Lavi, used with authorization

    Also consider Opera Lively Press' other books:

    "Opera Lively - The Interviews"

    A 500-page volume with the best of one year of Opera Lively journalism, featuring 38 interviews with opera luminaries such as Joyce DiDonato, Anna Netrekbo, Piotr Beczala, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Maestro Daniele Gatti, Danielle de Niese, and many others. Click [here] for full description and sales point at our e-store - $19.95

    Featured here in good company at the Met Opera Shop, between Wagner and Levine:

    "The Opera Lively Guides, volume 1 - Les Troyens"

    A 200-page guide to Berlioz's masterpiece, including our new, original English translation of the libretto side-by-side with the French, analysis of the musical structure, commentary on the literary source, reviews of CDs and DVDs, and interviews with performers Anna Caterina Antonnaci and Bryan Hymel, and more. Click [here] for full description and sales point at our e-store - $10.95

    In our editorial plans for the near future, stay tuned for the volume 2 of our Guides, on Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. A novel continuing the story of Tosca, a 500-page History of Russian Opera, and the volume 2 of our Interviews series (featuring artists such as Jay Hunter Morris, Diana Damrau, Frederica von Stade, Maestro Marco Armiliato, Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Giuseppe Filianoti, Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, and many others) are coming later this year and in early 2014.


    Opera Lively Press is headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

    Use the Contact Us feature of this website to inquire about manuscript submission for prospective authors - we aim at publishing almost exclusively books that are related to the operatic art form, but other classical music genres might be considered.

    The Opera Lively Logo is a trademark of Opera Lively Press


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