Table Of Contents: June 2010

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GREER GRIMSLEY: THE PRIDE OF NEW ORLEANS

Vol. 74, No. 12

• Out of the Past: A New Era for Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA
• Opera Meets Opry: Growing Up in Nashville
• Heavenly Voices: Singing in Southern Churches
• Music Appreciation: The Peerless Eudora Welty
• Summer Landscape: A Guide to the Best U.S. Music Festivals
• Sound Bites: Anthony Roth Costanzo
• Mezzo Joyce Castle
• Atlanta Opera
• Keith Jameson  


Features
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As he prepares to make his directorial debut with A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Brooklyn-born designer Isaac Mizrahi chats with OUSSAMA ZAHR about bringing an exacting eye to the musical stage and his vision for Sondheim's waltz-music masterpiece. 
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ADAM WASSERMAN interviews Jorge Martín, whose opera based on Reinaldo Arenas's celebrated autobiography, Before Night Falls, receives its world-premiere this month at Forth Worth Opera.
Grimsley ToC THMBSweet Victory 
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Greer Grimsley has skirted the fast track, carving out an honorable career path on his own terms. Today, his imaginative acting and elegant musicianship have made him a favorite at U.S. regional companies and around the world. F. PAUL DRISCOLL chats with the New Orleans-born bass-baritone about his ever-evolving artistry. 
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TIM PAGE peers through the prettified exterior of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival for a glimpse at its turbulent past. 
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MARK THOMAS KETTERSON grew up opera-deprived in country-music-dominated Nashville. Now he returns to his roots to find the lyric art holding its own in his hometown. 
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ROSALYN M. STORY traces the emergence of black classical singers to their musical origins in the church choirs of the South.
Welty THMBListening With the Heart
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BRIAN KELLOW looks at the place of music in the fiction of one of the South's immortal writers, Eudora Welty. 
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WILLIAM V. MADISON examines the art and craft of mezzo Joyce Castle, who is celebrating her fortieth year in opera. 
Lobby THMBSong of the South
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Atlanta has grown into an economic powerhouse. Will its operatic ambitions ever catch up? IAN KEOWN investigates. 
Departments
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Critic's Choice: Opera Rara releases David Parry's intoxicating take on Offenbach's Vert-Vert.
Records: Martin's passionate oratorio Golgotha gets a new recording; Sullivan's Scott-derived Ivanhoe; a new recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugend; Ricciarelli, Vargas and Alaimo star in a 1990 live recording of Bellini's Zaira; Fabrizio Maria Carminati conducts Donizetti's I Pazzi per Progetto; Panzarella sings Terradellas's Artaserse; a Harnoncourt Bach retrospective; Netrebko and Barenboim in a live recital from Salzburg; Decca presents Kaufmann in opera and in song; Rossinians Larmore, Delunsch and Brownlee head the cast in Opera Rara's latest volume of Italian salon music.
Video: La Fura dels Baus puts its stamp on the Ring in Valencia; Met Sonnambula stars Dessay and Flórez; Cavalli's Ercole Amante from Nederlandse Opera; 1950s Glyndebourne captured on film; two new stagings of Gluck's Orphée on the Bel Air label; Cinzia Forte and Saimir Pirgu star in a Traviata from Liège.

 

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North America: The Met offers Szot's debut in the company's first Nose and a "shrewd" revival of Hamlet; New York City Opera revives L'Étoile; Boston Lyric Opera's Ariadne; Antony and Cleopatra in Philadelphia; the Kirov at the Kennedy Center; Porgy at WNO; Pittsburgh and Charlotte hear Carmen; Florentine Opera welcomes Elmer Gantry; Le Nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Holländer docks in New Orleans; Long Beach Opera offers Nixon in China; Opera Boston unveils Madame White Snake; an exhilarating Falstaff in Seattle.
International: The first installment of Paris Opera's new Ring; Mattila stars in the world premiere of Saariaho's Emilie; Racette sings Kát'a at ENO; Orlando at Berlin's Komische Oper; Covent Garden presents Tamerlano; Grétry's L'Amant Jaloux at the Opéra Comique; Ravel and Bernstein in Nancy; Street Scene in Toulon; a triple bill of monologues in Toulouse; Rameau's Platée in Strasbourg.
Concerts and Recitals: Rossini's Stabat Mater from the BSO; Manhattan recitals from Keenlyside, Barton, Finley, and Upshaw and Ax; Gergiev leads the Kirov in Berlioz at Carnegie Hall; Boston Baroque brings Monteverdi to Manhattan; Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra collaborate on a starry Grapes of Wrath.

Sonata Mulaticca THMB Books

A brilliant Bridgetower biography in verse; Living Opera offers a series of Q&As with opera greats. 

Martin THMB 6110Long Night of the Soul
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ADAM WASSERMAN interviews Jorge Martín, whose opera based on Reinaldo Arenas's celebrated autobiography, Before Night Falls, receives its world-premiere this month at Forth Worth Opera.
Mizrahi ToC THmb 6110Waltz Time
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
As he prepares to make his directorial debut with A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Brooklyn-born designer Isaac Mizrahi chats with OUSSAMA ZAHR about bringing an exacting eye to the musical stage and his vision for Sondheim's waltz-music masterpiece. 
Grimsley ToC THMBSweet Victory 
Subscribers Only
Greer Grimsley has skirted the fast track, carving out an honorable career path on his own terms. Today, his imaginative acting and elegant musicianship have made him a favorite at U.S. regional companies and around the world. F. PAUL DRISCOLL chats with the New Orleans-born bass-baritone about his ever-evolving artistry. 
Restoration Period HP THMBRestoration Period
Subscribers Only
TIM PAGE peers through the prettified exterior of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival for a glimpse at its turbulent past. 
Grand Ole Opera thumb 6110Grand Ole Opera
Subscribers Only
MARK THOMAS KETTERSON grew up opera-deprived in country-music-dominated Nashville. Now he returns to his roots to find the lyric art holding its own in his hometown. 
Leontyne ThumbnailIf I Could Sing Like a Daughter of God
Subscribers Only
ROSALYN M. STORY traces the emergence of black classical singers to their musical origins in the church choirs of the South.
Welty THMBListening With the Heart
Subscribers Only
BRIAN KELLOW looks at the place of music in the fiction of one of the South's immortal writers, Eudora Welty. 
Character Study ToC ThumbCharacter Study
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WILLIAM V. MADISON examines the art and craft of mezzo Joyce Castle, who is celebrating her fortieth year in opera. 
Lobby THMBSong of the South
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Atlanta has grown into an economic powerhouse. Will its operatic ambitions ever catch up? IAN KEOWN investigates. 
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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The Slatkin–Met Traviata uproar is just the kind of thing the opera world loves. But is the conductor’s alleged lack of preparation the biggest scandal? A look at Cincinnati Opera’s ninetieth-anniversary gala.
by BRIAN KELLOW
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Singer's Diary THMBSinger's Diary: Keith Jameson 
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by DAVID BELCHER
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ADAM WASSERMAN and TRISTAN?KRAFT spotlight the American festival offerings
sure to sate your music-motivated wanderlust. 
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Met mezzo Blanche Thebom; Bayreuth scion Wolfgang Wagner dies at ninety. 
Coda THMBCoda: Make 'Em Laugh
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by ADAM WASSERMAN 
Dateline
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