Table Of Contents: February 2007

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L.A. OPERA'S NEW RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

Vol. 71, No. 8

Audra McDonald
Patti LuPone
James Conlon
Jenufa on Disc
Anna Karenina
   at Florida Grand Opera
David Lynch's Lost
   Highway
Sings


Features
The City of Mahagonny Rises Again
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Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's tale of government by sinners arrives at Los Angeles Opera this month. PHILIP KENNICOTT reveals why this twentieth-century masterwork is so relevant to our own era, and some of the principals in LAO's new Mahagonny staging share their thoughts on the work.
A Shot of Whiskey
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In 1967, the Doors had a hit with Mahagonny's "Alabama Song" - a sexy strut written before any of the band's members were born. RICHARD SPEER remembers why everyone was humming a Kurt Weill tune during the summer of love.
The Jenůfa Prism
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Jenůfa has had an unusually rich recorded history, with great Janácek interpreters from Jílek, Mackerras and Andrew Davis to Söderström, Benacková and Mattila all represented on disc. Does any recording capture the full beauty of this opera? WILLIAM R. BRAUN listens in and offers his verdict.
Chilly Scenes of Winter
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One of the most anticipated events of the current season is Florida Grand Opera's upcoming world premiere of Anna Karenina. ARLO McKINNON talks to Anna composer David Carlson, who collaborated with Colin Graham on this opera adaptation of Tolstoy's novel.
On the Road Again
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Olga Neuwirth's Lost Highway, a music-theater piece based on David Lynch's offbeat 1997 film, will have its first U.S. performances this month in a coproduction by Oberlin Conservatory and Columbia University's Miller Theater. HEIDI WALESON reports.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: Passion for Perfection
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by. F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Tucker Gala for 2006 is the best in years; Arroyo celebrates "Prelude to Performance" at the Lotos Club; Korie adapts Steinbeck for Minnesota Opera.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Paul Carey Jones
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by SCOTT BARNES
Reunion: Mattiwilda Dobbs
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by MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci
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Broadcast of February 10, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Jenůfa
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Broadcast of February 17, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Eugene Onegin
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Broadcast of February 24, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Simon Boccanegra
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Broadcast of March 3, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Obituaries
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Conductor Silvio Varviso dies at eighty-two; pioneering baritone Robert McFerrin; librettist Ann Howard Bailey; choreographer Todd Bolender.
Dateline: United States
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Dateline: Canada & Europe
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Books
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Philip Gossett's lively, authoritative views on opera scholarship and performance; two new books of opera plots.

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