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Mr. and Mrs. Gunn, headed for Glimmerglass
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NYPO booster Baldwin
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Gauvin, kicks off vocal series at Weill Hall
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1. NATHAN GUNN and his wife, pianist JULIE GUNN, will be the artists in residence at the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival, where Nathan Gunn will take the role of Lancelot in a new production of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot. The American baritone has two New York concerts next month, launching Orpheus Chamber Ensemble’s fortieth anniversary season at Carnegie Hall with the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Earth Echoes (Oct. 11) and partnering Broadway baby Kelli O’Hara in a gala at the Tilles Center (Oct. 27). Later in the season, he is Raimbaud in the Met’s Comte Ory, the Lodger in Dallas Opera’s Aspern Papers and Yeshua in San Francisco Opera’s world premiere The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

2. On October 13, KARINA GAUVIN inaugurates the Vocal Arts Series at Sonoma State University’s new Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, located in California’s wine country. The star-studded season of international-class vocalists and instrumentalists, which officially opens this month with a Lang Lang recital (Sept. 29), also features concerts by Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato, Elina Garanča, Yo-Yo Ma and Anne-Sophie Mutter. For details, visit www.gmc.sonoma.edu.

3. ALEC BALDWIN has given a $1-million gift to the New York Philharmonic in honor of Zarin Mehta, who concluded his tenure as president and executive director at the end of last season. The 30 Rock star, who also hosts the Philharmonic’s radio program on WFMT, donated proceeds he received from an advertising campaign for Capital One.

4. As part of its 150th-anniversary season, BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC mounts Robert Wilson’s landmark production of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach in September. Other highlights from BAM’s Next Wave Festival, which runs from September 5 to January 19, include David Lang’s love fail, Pina Bausch’s dance piece Like Moss on a Stone and Eugene Ionesco’s French-language play Rhinoceros. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.bam.org, or call (718) 636-4100.

5. ROBERT LEPAGE’s new staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen airs this month on PBS’s Great Performances at the Met on consecutive nights, from September 11 to 14. The four operas of the cycle will be preceded on Monday, September 10, by a showing of Susan Froemke’s documentary Wagner’s Dream, which chronicles the story of the production’s creation. Check local listings for show times.

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Poème’s Dumestre
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6. Music director VINCENT DUMESTRE and the early-music group Le Poème Harmonique open the 2012–13 season of New York City’s Miller Theatre this month with Venezia, a candlelit semi-staged performance of songs by Monteverdi and Manelli set in the streets and canals of seventeenth-century Venice during Carnival. For more information, visit www.millertheatre.com, or call (212) 854-7799. spacer 

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