Table Of Contents: December 2011

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DREAM GIRL: JOYCE DIDONATO, PRIMA DONNA OF THE ENCHANTED ISLAND 

Vol. 76, No. 6

• David Daniels: Life in the Stratosphere
• The Met's World Premiere of The Enchanted Island
• Treasure Hunt: Creating a New Baroque Pasticcio
• Going for the Win: Choosing the Correct Competition Aria
• Sound Bites: Amber Wagner
• Reunion: Huguette Tourangeau
• Avoiding Musical Lexicon Pitfalls


Features
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What's it like to be opera's leading countertenor? ADAM WASSERMAN talks to David Daniels, who creates the role of Prospero this month in the Met's world premiere of The Enchanted Island.
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At the instigation of general manager Peter Gelb, the Met has created a brand-new opera with a score that's hundreds of years old. ELLEN ROSAND lifts the curtain on The Enchanted Island, the company's twenty-first-century Baroque pasticcio, which will have its first performance on New Year's Eve.
Reunion Tourangeau THMB 1211Reunion: Huguette Tourangeau
Huguette Tourangeau's repertory ranged from Mozart and Handel to Rossini, Massenet and Offenbach. SYLVIA L’ÉCUYER visits with the French–Canadian mezzo-soprano, one of the busiest artists on the international scene in the 1970s.
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Joyce DiDonato — probably the most in-demand lyric-coloratura mezzo in the world — has become a star by playing up, not down, to her audiences. She tells BRIAN KELLOW how proud she is of opera — and how proud she is to be an opera singer.
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Today, people are speaking less strictly than ever before. JAMES M. KELLER looks at some commonly fouled-up musical terms.
You Came Here THMB 1211You Came Here to Win, Didn't You? 
WILLIAM R. BRAUN reveals some winning strategies for choosing a successful competition aria. Hint: go easy on the waltz songs, ladies.
Departments
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CRITIC'S CHOICE: A decade of Anna Netrebko performances at the Met. New recordings of Guillaume Tell, Linda di Chamounix and Mercadante's I Normanni a Parigi; recitals from Gheorghiu, Pape, Mattei, Phan and Etherea Vocal Ensemble; Schippers conducts The Saint of Bleecker Street; Corelli and Rysanek in Don Carlo; Ghostlight Records releases Knickerbocker Holiday. VIDEO: World-premiere production of Turnage's Anna Nicole; Nederlandse Opera's Der Fliegende Holländer; the Met's "Family Flute"; Jenůfa in Madrid; Rattle introduces Ravel to Gershwin; EMI releases a Callas documentary.
In Review
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A scholarly examination of obsessed opera fans; Prokofiev's Soviet years; writing about opera in the nineteenth-century novel.
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by PHILIP KENNICOTT
Dateline
by TRISTAN KRAFT
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by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Broadcast Faust THMB 1211Metropolitan Opera Radio and Live in HD Broadcast: Faust 
Transmission of Saturday, December 10, 1:00 P.M.
Broadcast Rodelinda thmb 1211Metropolitan Opera Radio and Live in HD Broadcast: Rodelinda 
Transmission of Saturday, December 3, 12:30 P.M.
Brodcast Stevens thmb 1211Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Die Fledermaus 
Transmission of Saturday, December 31, 1:00 P.M.
Broadcast Fille THMB 1211Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: La Fille du Régiment 
Transmission of Saturday, December 24, 12 Noon
Broadcast Butterfly THMB 1211Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Madama Butterfly 
Transmission of Saturday, December 17, 1:00 P.M.
On the Beat Follies thmb 1211On the Beat
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Follies works its magic much of the time, despite a director who's asleep at the switch.
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Sound Bites Wagner THMB 1211Sound Bites: Amber Wagner 
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Viewpoint THMB 1211Viewpoint: The Music Man
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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