Table Of Contents: November 2013

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THE DIVA HAS ARRIVED: SONDRA RADVANOVSKY SINGS HER DREAM ROLES AT THE MET

Vol. 78, No. 5

• Still Solid Gold: Dame Shirley Bassey
• Prima Donna Mariella Devia
• The Diva Next Door: Broadway's Mary Martin
• Sound Bites: Tamara Wilson
• Barber's Gift to Mezzos: Vanessa's "Must the Winter"
• Reunion: Jean Fenn
• Remembering Regina Resnik


Features
Reunion THMB 1113Reunion: Jean Fenn
JAMES C. WHITSON visits the glamorous soprano who worked with Noël Coward, Liberace, Mario Lanza — and Rudolf Bing.
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Nobody sings like Shirley Bassey. SCOTT BARNES interviews the incomparable pop diva, still going strong at seventy-six.
Song of the Cold thmb 1113Song of the Cold
It's now the most-sung piece from Vanessa, but "Must the Winter Come So Soon?" wasn't originally in the score of Samuel Barber's opera. PATRICK DILLON reports on how a great aria came to be — and why so many mezzos are grateful for it.
Sweet Sound lg thmb 1113Sweet Sound of Success
American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has Norma and Tosca on her Met calendar this season — and there's a Donizetti triple crown in her future. F. PAUL DRISCOLL talks with a singer who is proud to be called a diva.
Something About Mary thmb 1113There's Something About Mary
Broadway's Mary Martin, born one hundred years ago in Weatherford, Texas, was an artist of legendary charm — and powerful ambition. BRIAN KELLOW looks at the complicated woman who became one of the American theater's greatest stars.
Casta Devia thmb 1113Casta Devia
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For decades, Mariella Devia has sung with the magical combination of understatement and authority. STEPHEN HASTINGS looks at the career of one of the great bel canto stylists.
Departments
PelleasCD Recordings
Records: Ingelbrecht leads a masterful 1951 BBC broadcast of Pelléas et Mélisande; new recordings of Die Feen, Pavesi's Ser Marcantonio and Louis Théodore Gouvy's oratorio Oedipe à Colone; Cargill sings Berlioz; a collection of Fairouz pieces; Higginbottom conducts the complete sacred choral music of Britten; recitals by Brownlee and Giordano; Rodgers, Williams and Vignoles explore Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch; Böhm paces a starry cast in a 1965 Lohengrin from Vienna; Stravinsky paces Pears and Mödl in a 1951 Oedipus RexVideo: Malfitano, Domingo and Raimondi star in a site-specific Tosca; Thielemann paces Fleming as Ariadne; Beatrice di Tenda in Catania; David et Jonathas in Aix; Muti conducts Otello in Salzburg; Prestia rules Don Carlo in Modena; a documentary film by Hans Christoph von Bock about an ill-fated Ring production in Buenos Aires; Andy Sommer's Genius in Exile chronicles Wagner's years in Switzerland.
ToC THMB 1113 In Review
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Behind the scenes with Heggie's Moby-Dick; a biography of Marie Duplessis.
Dateline
by EMILY OSTERTAG
Viewpoint Harris thmb 1113Viewpoint: Un-diva Power
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Ramey thmb 1113OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat thmb 1113On the Beat
Scenes from a mall, Streisand-style.
Essentials lg 1 1113Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites Wilson thmb 1113Sound Bites: Tamara Wilson
by BRIAN KELLOW
Broadcast Tosca thmb 1113Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast: Tosca 
Transmission of Saturday, November 9, 2013, 12:55 P.M.
Obituaries thmb 1113Obituaries
Regina Resnik, an indomitable star for sixty years, dies at ninety.
Letters
Revisiting Boston
Coda Bumbry thmb 1113Coda: The Performance I Can't Forget
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by DAVID J. BAKER

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