Table Of Contents: October 2012

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HOW BRIGHT, HOW GRAND: ISABEL LEONARD SINGS MIRANDA IN THE TEMPEST 

Vol. 77, No. 4

• Genius at Work: Composer Thomas Adès
The Tempest Arrives at the Met
• Success Story: Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick
• Bosom Buddies: Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas
• Reunion: Anne Jeffreys
• Sound Bites: Elizabeth DeShong


Features
Sea Legs THMB 1012Sea Legs
Jake Heggie’s opera Moby-Dick, which has its San Francisco Opera premiere this month, has been an audience and critical favorite wherever it has played since its 2010 world premiere. BARRY SINGER explores the secrets of its success.
Reunion Jeffreys thmb 1012Reunion: Anne Jeffreys
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BRIAN KELLOW interviews the glamorous Broadway and Hollywood star who created the role of Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene more than sixty-five years ago.
Brave New World thmb 1012O Brave New World
Isabel Leonard has moved from success to success in a professional career that began just over six years ago. This season, she has a trio of choice assignments at the Metropolitan Opera — Rosina in a new English-language translation of The Barber of Seville, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and Miranda in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest. F. PAUL DRISCOLL reports.
Charms Crack Not THMB 1012Its Charms Crack Not
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This month, composer Thomas Adès will conduct the Metropolitan Opera premiere of The Tempest, his rich, exuberant adaptation of Shakespeare’s fantasy. WILLIAM R. BRAUN reveals the myriad delights of Adès’s score.
Tropic of Callas thmb 1012Tropic of Callas
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In 1956, columnist and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell — then one of café society’s most important opinion-makers — fell under the spell of Maria Callas. An excerpt from a new biography of Maxwell by SAM STAGGS traces the brief trajectory of the unlikely friendship between two twentieth-century legends.
Departments
BrittenCD Recordings
CRITIC'S CHOICE: Padmore sings Britten’s Serenade and Nocturne. New recordings of Lohengrin, Elektra and Il Pirata; Salonen leads the prologue from Shostakovich’s Orango; Flagello’s Passion of Martin Luther King; recital by I Fagiolini; Slattery sings Dowland. VIDEO: Van Dam sings Massenet’s Don Quichotte at La Monnaie. Neuenfels’s Bayreuth Lohengrin; Don Giovanni at Opera Australia; La Vida Breve in Valencia; a 1967 Matrimonio Segreto at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carl Fröhlich’s 1913 film biography of Wagner is released on DVD.
In Review Issue THMB 1012 In Review
NORTH AMERICA: The Glimmerglass Festival offers The Music Man, Lost in the Stars, Aida and Lully’s Armide; Central City season gathers The Turn of the Screw, Oklahoma! and La Bohème; Princeton hears Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, Gianni Schicchi and Il Trovatore; Carmen at Castleton; Cincinnati Opera’s La Traviata; Des Moines Metro Opera presents Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin and La Rondine. INTERNATIONAL: Glyndebourne’s new Le Nozze di Figaro; the season’s offerings at Aix-en-Provence include Le Nozze di Figaro, David et Jonathas and the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.
Books Moral Fire lg 1012 Books
Morality and music at the end of the nineteenth century; a look at Wagner conductors.
Viewpoint thmb 1012Viewpoint: Sweet Inspiration
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Genaux thmb 1012OperaWatch
by OUSSAMA ZAHR
On the Beat thmb 1012On the Beat
Sylvia McNair on her new CD, Romance, and why there’s no point in singing words unless they mean something to you.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Tempest CD Cover 1012Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW and TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites DeShong thmb 1012Sound Bites: Elizabeth DeShong
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Broadcast Elisir THMB 1012Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast: L’Elisir d’Amore 
Transmission of Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:55 P.M.
Broadcast Otello thmb 1012Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast: Otello 
Transmission of Saturday, October 27, 2012, 12:55 P.M.
Guild Report Miller thmb 1012Metropolitan Opera Guild Annual Report
by RICHARD J. MILLER, JR.
Obituaries Pakledinaz thmb 1012Obituaries
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Costume designer Martin Pakledinaz dies at fifty-eight; Met baritone Calvin Marsh.
Dateline
by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda Music Solace thmb 1012Coda: Music and Solace
by JUDITH HANNAN

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