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Table Of Contents: June 2003
Vol. 67, No. 12
Susan Graham in Santa Fe
Mostly Mozart Makeover
U.S. Festival Guide
Queen of the Desert
Susan Graham's summer plans sound pretty choice. She'll be playing the most desirable woman in the world -- Helen of Troy -- and she gets to do it in one of her favorite places on earth. La belle Hélène tells F. PAUL DRISCOLL why she loves to hang her crown in Santa Fe.
The Girls of Summer
Do you want to hear the Little Prince sing? Watch Madame Mao dance? Get grounded in an airport with a delusional older woman in Capri pants? That's just part of what's happening this summer on U.S. festival stages. Let some of music's smartest ladies tell you where to look for it.
Mostly Mozart's Makeover
A last-minute strike by musicians of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra almost derailed the 2002 season of Manhattan's venerable summer music festival. This year, things look much brighter, with the orchestra's brand-new music director, Louis Langrée, and Lincoln Center's programming chief, Jane S. Moss, each brimming with fresh ideas for the future. JUSTIN DAVIDSON reports.
The Kirov's Endless Summer
Last summer, Valery Gergiev brought the Mariinsky Theatre's Kirov Ballet to the Metropolitan Opera; this year, it's the Kirov Opera's turn to give Manhattan a Russian accent. JOSHUA ROSENBLUM previews the operas of the Kirov's three-week Met sojourn.
By RUDOLPH S. RAUCH
Sound Bites: Carolyn Betty
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Letter From Des Moines
by BETSY MINGO
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