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Genaux takes on Carmen
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The Hilliard Ensemble checks in at Lincoln Center
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1. VIVICA GENAUX made her role debut as Carmen with Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie on September 25 and repeats her Gypsy in Versailles this month. In November and December, the Alaskan-born mezzo takes her concert tribute to Baroque prima donna Faustina Bordoni on a four-city tour through Switzerland and France, then joins bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch on December 9 to launch this year’s George London Foundation Recital Series at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum.

2. Heiner Goebbels’s well-traveled production of I Went to the House But Did Not Enter, which he conceived, composed and directed, is one of the centerpieces of this year’s WHITE LIGHT FESTIVAL at Lincoln Center. With texts by T. S. Eliot, Kafka, Blanchot and Beckett, the work considers the subject of life’s passing. TheHilliard Ensemble, which has performed the piece at the Edinburgh International Festival, Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Festwochen and London’s Barbican Centre, among other venues, brings it to the Rose Theater on November 13 and 14. For details about the rest of the festival’s season, which opens on October 18 and offers twenty-seven performances and events in nine venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus, visit www.whitelightfestival.org.

3. On July 9, VALERIE BERNHARDT and SCOTT RAMSAY led the cast of Victoria Bond’s new opera Mrs. President in a piano-accompanied preview at New York’s Symphony Space. The work, which tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States, receives its world premiere this month at Anchorage Opera. 

LISA ZWERLING’s series of thirty-eight paintings inspired by Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is being exhibited at First Street Gallery in Manhattan until October 27. OPERA COMPANY OF BROOKLYN, which performed Mozart’s singspiel last spring, will perform highlights from the work in a specially commissioned concert at the gallery on October 24. The opening reception takes place Thursday, October 4. For more information, visit www.lisazwerling.com and www.operabrooklyn.org.

4. Soprano SANDRINE PIAU and pianist ROGER VIGNOLES open this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival on October 12 with a recital of French song, commemorating Debussy’s 150th anniversary with a number of his works, including Ariettes Oubliées. Other recitalists at the two-week U.K. festival include Florian Boesch, James Gilchrist, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sarah Connolly and Alice Coote. For details, visit www.oxfordlieder.co.uk, or call 44 1865 305305. 

DAVE MALLOY’s new electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 begins its Off-Broadway engagement at Ars Nova in New York City on October 1. The show, which closes on November 10, adapts part of Natasha Rostova’s story from Tolstoy’s War and Peace. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.arsnovanyc.com, or call 212-352-3101.  

5. NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG, founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, celebrates twenty-five years of music-making this season. This month’s election-inspired concert, Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington (Oct. 20), features sopranos Anne-Carolyn Bird and Lauren Worsham. For more information, visit www.nyfos.org, or call 646-230-8380.

SALVATORE SCIARRINO’s chamber opera Infinito Nero has its U.S. stage premiere on October 30 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn as part of BEYOND CAGE, a sixteen-day festival honoring avant-gardist John Cage and his musical legacy. 

6. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s OPERATHON 2012, a sixteen-hour radio fund-raising campaign, takes place on Saturday, October 20, from 8 A.M. to midnight, airing on 98.7 WFMT and streaming live on www.wfmt.com. Artists from Lyric’s productions of Elektra, Simon Boccanegra and Werther will appear during the broadcast. Superstar chef RICK BAYLESS, of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago, models for the cover of this year’s catalogue. spacer 

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