Table Of Contents: April 2010

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LAWRENCE BROWNLEE AND THE MEN OF ARMIDA

Vol. 74, No. 10

• The Singular Spell of Rossini's Armida
• Feminine Mystique: Puccini's Women
• Frederica von Stade: Sings Farewell
• Loving Opera in the Digital Age
• Sound Bites: Sasha Cooke
Amelia at Seattle
• Opera Boston


Features
Leonardo in Chicago
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Maestro Leonardo Vordoni, who this month conducts performances of Mosè in Egitto at Chicago Opera Theater, chats with ADAM WASSERMAN about Rossini’s azione tragico-sacra and his busy season on the podium. 
Original Story
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For Seattle Opera's upcoming new commission, composer Daron Aric Hagen bypasses the tried and true, building his opera, Amelia on a modern American tale of war, human loss and the search for healing and rebirth. POLLY FROST reports.
opera newsThe Eternal Feminine
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Puccini's soaring, yearning melodies for the lirico-spinto voice he favored make it abundantly clear that his heart was with his heroines. RICHARD SPEER identifies the stylistic fingerprints that set the composer's indelible stamp on his myriad leading ladies.
opera newsSix of One
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It takes a sextet of tenors to counterbalance a prima donna as powerful as Rossini's Armida. JENNIFER MELICK examines the distinctive musical and dramatic qualities that characterize the legendary enchantress's multiple foils. The Met's current contenders, led by Lawrence Brownlee, share thoughts on their respective roles with SCOTT BARNES.
opera newsFrench Press
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Maestro Emmanuel Plasson, who conducts this month's performances of L'Étoile at New York City Opera, chats with ADAM WASSERMAN about the particulars of pacing Chabrier's scintillating score.
opera newsHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor
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Frederica von Stade has virtually defined the lyric-mezzo repertoire for a generation of opera-lovers. This month she bids her New York fans farewell from the stage of Carnegie Hall. By TIM PAGE
opera newsMagic Time
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Armida, Rossini's sole foray into the realm of the supernatural, brought out otherworldly colors and textures the bel canto maestro had never used before. DAVID J. BAKER explores the secrets of the composer's musical sorcery.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Road Show: Boston
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by BRIAN KELLOW
Serving Genius: Carlo Maria Giulini
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By Thomas D. Saler
University of Illinois Press; 256 pp. $34.95
On the Beat
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Juilliard's Carmelites gets help from the Benedictines; Munsel honored at Opera Index gala; Manhattan School of Music salutes Sondheim's women.
by BRIAN KELLOW
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
The Operas of Leonardo Vinci, Napoletano
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By Kurt Sven Markstrom
Pendragon Press; 394 pp. $54
Viewpoint
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Sound Bites: Sasha Cooke
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Obituaries
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Urbane radio voice George Jellinek; soprano Jeannine Morand; artist representative Paul Garner; Mildred Hohner, children's chorus maven, dies at eighty-five.
Coda: Keeping Time
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by PHILIP KENNICOTT
Dateline
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by TRISTAN KRAFT
Books
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A lucid Giulini biography; Kurt Sven Markstrom examines the output of Leonardo Vinci.
Broadcast Spotlight: Matthew Polenzani
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(Tamino, Die Zauberflöte)
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Traviata
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Broadcast of April 17, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Tosca
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Broadcast of April 24, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Die Zauberflöte
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Broadcast of April 10, 1:00 P.M.

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