Table Of Contents: April 2012

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THE BEST OF THE BEST: OUR TRIBUTES TO THIS YEAR'S OPERA NEWS AWARD WINNERS

Vol. 76, No. 10

• High Elegance: Massenet's Tenor Roles
• Fresh Take: Re-interpreting the Ring
A Message From Mother Earth: Listening to Erda
• Sound Bites: Audrey Luna
• Baritone Dale Duesing
• Remembering Rita Gorr
• Patricia Neway: An American Original


Features
Opera News Awards Hvorostovsky THMB 412Dmitri Hvorostovsky
LOUISE T. GUINTHER salutes the distinguished achievement of the OPERA NEWS Awards winner.
Opera News Awards Mattei THMB 412Peter Mattei
OUSSAMA ZAHR salutes the distinguished achievement of the OPERA NEWS Awards winner.
Opera News Awards Mattila THMB 412Karita Mattila
F. PAUL DRISCOLL salutes the distinguished achievement of the OPERA NEWS Awards winner.
Opera News Awards Sellars THMB 412Peter Sellars
ADAM WASSERMAN salutes the distinguished achievement of the OPERA NEWS Awards winner.
Opera News Awards Silja THMB 412Anja Silja
BRIAN KELLOW salutes the distinguished achievement of the OPERA NEWS Awards winner.
Ring of Truth THMB 412Ring of Truth
The Ring cycle had its world premiere in 1876 and remains one of opera's most popular works. Why does each generation of opera lovers want to make the Ring its own? PHILIP KENNICOTT ponders the enduring modernity and infinite variety of Richard Wagner's masterwork.
Awakening thMb 412The Awakening
Wagner's Erda is one of the composer's most powerful and poignant characterizations. WILLIAM R. BRAUN watches and listens to a group of great interpretations — and examines the evolution of Erda's relationship with contemporary audiences.     
Lend me a tenor thmb 412Lend Me a Tenor
Jules Massenet is celebrated for his creation of great soprano vehicles. This month, as the Met adds its new Laurent Pelly production of Manon to its Live in HD series, HUGH MACDONALD looks at some of Massenet's great roles for tenors.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books Mahler Cover 412 Books
A comprehensive biography of Gustav Mahler.
Viewpoint THMB 412Viewpoint: A Time for Celebration
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Christie thmb 412OperaWatch     
by OUSSAMA ZAHR
On the Beat thmb 412On the Beat
Cinematic connections: Marilyn Monroe and Dolores Claiborne both get operatic treatments; Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini gets strangled at rebirth.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Ring Cover 412Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites Luna THMB 412Sound Bites: Audrey Luna
by BRIAN KELLOW
Broadcast Manon THMb 412Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Manon 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, April 7, 12 Noon
Broadcast Traviata thmb 412Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Traviata 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, April 14, 12:55 P.M. (HD), 1:00 P.M. (Radio)
Broadcast Siegfried thmb 412Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Siegfried 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, April 21, 11 A.M.
Broadcast Walkure THMB 512Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Die Walküre 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, April 28, 11 A.M.
Broadcast Makropolus THMB 512Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: The Makropulos Case 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, May 5, 12:30 P.M.
Obituaries Gorr THMB 412Obituaries
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Mezzo Rita Gorr dies at eighty-five; soprano and civil rights pioneer Camilla Williams; soprano Margarita Zambrana.
Dateline     
by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda Neway THMB 412

Coda: An American Original

by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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