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Christie doctors up at Juilliard
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Radvanovsky, ready for Met Ballo
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1. SONDRA RADVANOVSKY steps into the Metropolitan Opera's new Un Ballo in Maschera in November, following Karita Mattila's withdrawal from David Alden's production. Also upcoming this season, the American soprano makes role debuts as two of the three heroines in Donizetti's "Tudor Queens" trilogy, singing Anna Bolena at Washington National Opera in September and Maria Stuarda at Bilbao in April. 

2. DENYCE GRAVES makes her company debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis next summer with Champion, a new opera by composer Terence Blanchard and playwright Michael Cristofer. The work relates the struggles of boxing great Emile Griffith, who accidentally killed an opponent in the ring and later came out as bisexual. AubreyAllicock and ArthurWoodley portray the younger and elder
versions of Emile, and Graves plays the fighter's mother. 

3. At the 107th commencement ceremony of the Juilliard School, held on May 25 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, president Joseph W. Polisi conferred honorary doctorates on early-music conductor WILLIAM CHRISTIE, actor James Earl Jones, jazz singer Nancy Wilson, New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins, playwright Athol Fugard and authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

The first-prize winners of the 2012 OPERALIA competition, which took place in Beijing in June, are Americans Janai Brugger and Anthony Roth Costanzo (see "Opera's Next Wave") and Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat. 

4. JOHN GOBERMAN, who created the groundbreaking Emmy, Grammy and Peabody Award-winning series Live from Lincoln Center, departed as executive producer on June 30 after more than 200 live national telecasts. The only live performing-arts series on U.S. television, Live from Lincoln Center is in its thirty-seventh season and will continue airing on PBS this fall. 

TORI AMOS, the popular pianist and singer–songwriter, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her solo debut by recording selected songs from her catalogue in orchestral arrangements with Netherlands's Metropole Orchestra. The album, entitled Gold Dust and due in October, is her second project with the Deutsche Grammophon label.

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Chéreau (right) with protégé Borczuch
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5. PATRICE CHÉREAU has selected Polish theater director Michal Borczuch as his protégé for the 2012–13 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The program gives young talents in dance, music, visual arts, theater, literature and film the opportunity to work with a master in their field for a year of creative collaboration. 

GIL ROSE conducts the Firebird Ensemble in the world premiere of Donald Crockett's new chamber opera The Face, which plays this month at Los Angeles's Aratani/Japan America Theatre. For details, visit www.thefaceopera.com.

AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the NEA to support its Composer Librettist Development Program, a full-time, tuition-free resident artist program for emerging opera composers and librettists. spacer 

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