Table Of Contents: February 2006

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Ian Bostridge

Vol. 70, No. 8

Roméo et Juliette
Stage Director James Robinson
Norma
Verona: A Cultural History


Features
Unchained Melody
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Equal parts scholar and singer, Ian Bostridge has developed a singularly intense performing style that reflects his passionate commitment to his chosen music. WILLIAM R. BRAUN talks to the tenor, who will take on repertoire from Handel to Lutoslawski in his upcoming "Perspectives" series at Carnegie Hall.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listening Room: Mezzo, Joyce DiDonato
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Mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO, who this month takes her vaunted characterization of Dejanira in Luc Bondy's production of Handel's Hercules to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with William Christie & Les Arts Florissants, divulges the recordings that rouse her emotions.
Fade Out, Fade In
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One of the unquestioned hits of the nineteenth-century lyric theater, Roméo et Juliette has lost some of its evergreen status in recent decades. PETER G. DAVIS wonders if the fortunes of Gounod's opera are on the upswing once more.
Listening Room: Composer, Osvaldo Golijov
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Currently being fêted at Lincoln Center with a festival of his work, composer OSVALDO GOLIJOV reveals the unlikely and inspiring bits of song that populate his iPod.
In Fair Verona
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Never mind that its most famous citizens, Juliet and Romeo, are fictional characters - the real-life charms of Verona make it well worth a visit. JÖRG VON UTHMANN takes a tour of Italy's "painted city."
The Visible Man
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ROSALYN M. STORY discovers how often African-American baritone Gregg Baker has had to beat the odds to develop his career.
The Norma Conquests
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With recent productions in Detroit and San Francisco, and stagings due this month in Denver and in March in Toronto, it seems Norma has lost none of its fascination for audiences - or for sopranos. RICHARD LALLI looks at the musical and dramatic virtues of Bellini's masterwork.
Gentleman Jim
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL checks in with director James Robinson, one of the busiest men in the opera world.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listening Room: Mezzo, Joyce DiDonato
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
Mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO, who this month takes her vaunted characterization of Dejanira in Luc Bondy's production of Handel's Hercules to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with William Christie & Les Arts Florissants, divulges the recordings that rouse her emotions.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Listening Room: Mezzo, Joyce DiDonato
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
Mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO, who this month takes her vaunted characterization of Dejanira in Luc Bondy's production of Handel's Hercules to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with William Christie & Les Arts Florissants, divulges the recordings that rouse her emotions.
Unchained Melody
Subscribers Only
Equal parts scholar and singer, Ian Bostridge has developed a singularly intense performing style that reflects his passionate commitment to his chosen music. WILLIAM R. BRAUN talks to the tenor, who will take on repertoire from Handel to Lutoslawski in his upcoming "Perspectives" series at Carnegie Hall.
Unchained Melody
Subscribers Only
Equal parts scholar and singer, Ian Bostridge has developed a singularly intense performing style that reflects his passionate commitment to his chosen music. WILLIAM R. BRAUN talks to the tenor, who will take on repertoire from Handel to Lutoslawski in his upcoming "Perspectives" series at Carnegie Hall.
Fade Out, Fade In
Subscribers Only
One of the unquestioned hits of the nineteenth-century lyric theater, Roméo et Juliette has lost some of its evergreen status in recent decades. PETER G. DAVIS wonders if the fortunes of Gounod's opera are on the upswing once more.
Listening Room: Composer, Osvaldo Golijov
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
Currently being fêted at Lincoln Center with a festival of his work, composer OSVALDO GOLIJOV reveals the unlikely and inspiring bits of song that populate his iPod.
Listening Room: Composer, Osvaldo Golijov
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
Currently being fêted at Lincoln Center with a festival of his work, composer OSVALDO GOLIJOV reveals the unlikely and inspiring bits of song that populate his iPod.
Fade Out, Fade In
Subscribers Only
One of the unquestioned hits of the nineteenth-century lyric theater, Roméo et Juliette has lost some of its evergreen status in recent decades. PETER G. DAVIS wonders if the fortunes of Gounod's opera are on the upswing once more.
In Fair Verona
Subscribers Only
Never mind that its most famous citizens, Juliet and Romeo, are fictional characters - the real-life charms of Verona make it well worth a visit. JÖRG VON UTHMANN takes a tour of Italy's "painted city."
In Fair Verona
Subscribers Only
Never mind that its most famous citizens, Juliet and Romeo, are fictional characters - the real-life charms of Verona make it well worth a visit. JÖRG VON UTHMANN takes a tour of Italy's "painted city."
The Visible Man
Subscribers Only
ROSALYN M. STORY discovers how often African-American baritone Gregg Baker has had to beat the odds to develop his career.
The Visible Man
Subscribers Only
ROSALYN M. STORY discovers how often African-American baritone Gregg Baker has had to beat the odds to develop his career.
The Norma Conquests
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With recent productions in Detroit and San Francisco, and stagings due this month in Denver and in March in Toronto, it seems Norma has lost none of its fascination for audiences - or for sopranos. RICHARD LALLI looks at the musical and dramatic virtues of Bellini's masterwork.
The Norma Conquests
Subscribers Only
With recent productions in Detroit and San Francisco, and stagings due this month in Denver and in March in Toronto, it seems Norma has lost none of its fascination for audiences - or for sopranos. RICHARD LALLI looks at the musical and dramatic virtues of Bellini's masterwork.
Gentleman Jim
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL checks in with director James Robinson, one of the busiest men in the opera world.
Gentleman Jim
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL checks in with director James Robinson, one of the busiest men in the opera world.
Viewpoint: A Bright Particular Star
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Winners' Circle: The First OPERA NEWS Awards
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The First Annual Opera News Awards, which took place at Manhattan's Pierre Hotel on Sunday, November 20, found the opera world celebrating in style. Here's a collection of photos from the auspicious evening.
On the Beat
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Vaness to teach at newly-endowed IU School of Music while continuing to sing; Dessay, back in vocal shape, shines in the Met's Roméo.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Jonas Kaufmann
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by WYNN DELACOMA
Reunion: Reri Grist
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by MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Traviata
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Broadcast of February 11, 2006, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Aida
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Broadcast of February 18, 2006, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Samson et Dalila
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Broadcast of February 25, 2006, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Roméo et Juliette
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Broadcast of March 4, 2006, 1:30 P.M.
Obituaries
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Tenor James King is dead at eighty; critic and OPERA NEWS contributor Patrick Giles; tenor Deon van der Walt; Wexford Opera Festival chief executive Jerome Hynes
Dateline: United States
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by JANET CHOI
Dateline: Canada & Europe
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Coda: Bible Stories
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One of this month's Metropolitan Opera broadcast operas - Samson et Dalila - was inspired by the Old Testament. A fair number of operas, oratorios and other works for the lyric stage took their plots and characters from the "Good Book." We've included ten of these here - how many can you identify?

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