Table Of Contents: September 2012

September 2012 Issue 912

THAT TOUCH OF CLASS: PIOTR BECZALA SINGS EVERYTHING WITH STYLE

Vol. 77, No. 3

• The Hottest Tickets of the New Season
• A New Elisir d'Amore at the Met
• Venetian Drama: I Due Foscari at Los Angeles Opera
• Chicago Fire: Christine Goerke as Elektra
• We're with the Band: Inside the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
• Sound Bites: Saimir Pirgu
• Listener of Note: James Ivory


Features
Ladies Night THMB 912Ladies’ Night
L’Elisir d’Amore used to be considered a diva vehicle — until Caruso made it a tenor’s opera. PATRICK DILLON looks at the role of Adina in Donizetti’s comedy, which returns to the Met this month in a new production by Bartlett Sher.
Dark Shadows THMB 912Dark Shadows
Verdi’s I Due Foscari has its Los Angeles Opera premiere this month. DAVID LAWTON examines the complexities of Verdi’s rarely-produced early tragedy.
Peak Form Portrait 2 thmb 912Peak Form
He's often called one of today's most exciting young singers. But Piotr Beczala — Rodolfo in La Scala's La Bohème this month and the Duke in the Met's new Rigoletto in January — has been preparing for this moment for many years. SCOTT BARNES reports.
HotTix THMB  912Hot Tickets!
What are the smartest ticket choices of the 2012–13 season? We offer a graphic look at some of our picks.
Dramatic Destination thmb 912Dramatic Destination
Christine Goerke, who endured a troubling vocal crisis during her days as a Mozart and Handel singer, is now one of opera’s most exciting dramatic sopranos — and is singing better than ever. She makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Strauss’s Elektra next month. BARRY SINGER reports.
Pit STop thmb 912Pit Stop
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The backbone of any opera company is its orchestra, yet the men and women in the pit often find themselves ignored to the point of anonymity. JAMES HARDER speaks to members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra about the exhilarating, exhausting role they play in putting on a show.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books
Sound Bites Pirgu thmb 912Sound Bites: Saimir Pirgu
by LOUISE T. GUINTHER
Dateline     
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by TRISTAN KRAFT
The Year in Opera
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OPERA NEWS's International Forecast for 2012–13.
by TRISTAN KRAFT and JOE CADAGIN
Viewpoint Fleming THMB 912Viewpoint: Pleasant Surprises
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Baldwin thmb 912OperaWatch
by OUSSAMA ZAHR
On the Beat Porgy THMB 912On the Beat
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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess nears the end of its Broadway run; enterprising Opera Southwest mounts Rossini’s seldom-heard Otello — with your choice of endings.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Bonham Carter thmb 912Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW and TRISTAN KRAFT
Obituaries Lear thmb 912Obituaries
Evelyn Lear, versatile American soprano, dies at eighty-six.
Coda Ivory thmb 912Coda: Listener of Note — James Ivory
by BRIAN KELLOW

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