Table Of Contents: November 2012

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THE SPECTACULAR NINA STEMME SINGS WAGNER THIS SEASON IN MILAN, PARIS, MUNICH, HOUSTON AND VIENNA

Vol. 77, No. 5

• Don't Call Her Diva: Chita Rivera
• The Transformation of Jennifer Lamore
• Keeper of the Flame: Toti Dal Monte
• How to Spot a Diva Role
• Sound Bites: Layla Claire
• Listener of Note: Camille Paglia
• Road Show: Eva Podleś in Barcelona


Features
Road Show THMB 1112Road Show: Ewa Podleś in Barcelona
The Polish diva reflects on the charms of the Catalonian capital. ERIC MYERS goes along for the ride.
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What makes a prima donna want to sink her teeth into one role more than another? PATRICK DILLON ponders the question.
Change of Course thmb 1112Change of Course
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Jennifer Larmore, once pigeonholed as a bel canto specialist, is eagerly exploring new horizons, onstage and off. BRIAN KELLOW chats with the mezzo about her new life.
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On the eve of Wagner’s 200th birthday, the opera world is abuzz with one name — Nina Stemme. JESSICA DUCHEN catches up with the Swedish soprano, who feels increasingly at home in full-blown dramatic territory.
Still Flying thmb 1112Still Flying After All These Years
Broadway has its goddesses, too, and there is no question that Chita Rivera belongs in the pantheon. The perennial star dishes with SCOTT BARNES about the Great White Way, then and now — and why she doesn’t consider herself a diva.
Lyric Soul THMB 1112Lyric Soul
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Before Callas, there was Toti Dal Monte, a genuine singing actress who reclaimed the bel canto repertoire from the “canary-fanciers.” IRA SIFF explores the great soprano’s unique career.
Departments
Recordings
November 2012 Issue Review ToC 1112 In Review
Books Mozart Gateway lg 1112 Books
A study of Mozart's late career; the struggles of "the black Patti," Sissieretta Jones.
Dateline     
by TRISTAN KRAFT
A New Medium thmb 1112A New Medium
Online Exclusive
BRIAN KELLOW chats with Varla Jean Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson) as the incomparable nightclub performer prepares to sing Madame Flora in The Medium at NYC's Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.
Viewpoint Makarova thmb 1112Viewpoint: On Her Toes
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
On the Beat Mueller thmb 1112On the Beat
Will Jessie Mueller enter Broadway’s star chamber? Indra Thomas turns her talents to Great Day!, a CD of spirituals.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Stemme CD cover 1112Essentials
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by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites Claire thmb 1112Sound Bites: Layla Claire
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Live in HD The Tempest thmb 1112Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast: The Tempest 
Transmission of Saturday, November 10, 2012, 12:55 P.M.
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Critic Donal Henahan; sopranos Laura Beth Botkin and Marguerite Piazza; arts advocate Martin E. Segal; intendant Ulrike Hessler; contralto Florence Kopleff; admired mezzo Nan Merriman.
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by BRIAN KELLOW

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