Table Of Contents: August 2009

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THINKING ABOUT STYLE

Vol. 74, No. 2

Is the Opera House the Last Refuge of Style?
Fatal Attraction: Stalking Birgit Nilsson
Early-Music Maven Emma Kirkby
Verismo Variations: Singing Santuzza
Costume Changes: Dressing Violetta
Sound Bites: Evan Rogister
Verdi Alla Parma


Features
opera news Transformation Scenes
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Composer John Adams, whose latest opera A Flowering Tree receives its New York premiere this month as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, chats with ADAM WASSERMAN about the work's decidedly global roots.
opera news Mending Meyerbeer
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Thaddeus Strassberger, whose production of Les Huguenots has its premiere this month at the Bard SummerScape, chats with ADAM WASSERMAN about the challenges of staging the Night of the Seven Stars.
Reflecting on Style
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Is the opera house the last safe place to practice the pursuit of style? PHILIP KENNICOTT offers his thoughts.
opera news Style and Substance
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The heroine of La Traviata has inspired opera's greatest costumers to create some of their most sumptuous gowns. COLLEEN HILL looks at the wardrobes devised for popular Violettas of the past and present - and reveals how they reflect changes in contemporary fashion.
opera news Getting It Off Her Chest
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SCOTT ROSE spotlights the expressive devices that some great divas have used to fire up Santuzza's "Voi lo sapete."
opera news The Star and the Stalker
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Actress Nell Theobald had beauty, charm and talent - and an all-consuming fascination with soprano Birgit Nilsson. KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT explores the tragic story of the mysterious fan referred to in Nilsson's memoirs as "Miss N."
opera news Voice of the Opposition
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BRIAN KELLOW talks to James Jorden, the opinionated and irreverent creator of the wildly popular e-zine-cum-blog Parterre Box.
opera news Stile Antico
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For more than three decades, Emma Kirkby's refined, elegant singing has defined the sound of early music. DAVID PATRICK STEARNS visits with the soprano, who begins a U.S. recital tour with lutenist Jakob Lindberg this coming fall.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: In Pursuit of Style
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Mahler at Carnegie Hall a rich and rare experience; a new era for the beleaguered Gerda Lissner Foundation.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Evan Rogister
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Letter From Parma
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by AUGUST VENTURA
Books
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Opera, revolution and survival in Paris; a biography of Dame Nellie Melba.
Obituaries
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Composer Nicholas Maw dies at seventy-three; voice teacher Richard Miller; scholar William Ashbrook; veteran singers Eric Garrett and Robert Nagy.
Dateline
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by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda: A Hair Out of Place
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by MATTHEW GUREWITSCH

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