Table Of Contents: December 2013

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SERIOUS FUN: AMBROGIO MAESTRI STAR OF THE MET'S NEW FALSTAFF 

Vol. 78, No. 6

• Singular Style: Director Robert Carsen
• The Bard Bettered: Verdi's Sir John Falstaff
• Singing to Win: Operalia at Twenty
• Farewell to New York City Opera
• Sound Bites: Jennifer Johnson Cano
• Reunion: Diana Soviero
• Road Show: Thomas Hampson in Salzburg
Flute's Song: The surprises in "Ach, ich fühl's"


Features
Road Show Hampson thmb 1213Road Show: Thomas Hampson in Salzburg
American baritone Thomas Hampson feels at home in Austria's favorite festival city. He tells ERIC MYERS why.
Reunion Soviero thmb 1213Reunion: Diana Soviero
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Diana Soviero was a charismatic, passionate and scrupulously honest interpreter of the lyric-soprano repertory. She's now passing on her wisdom to a new generation of singers. SCOTT BARNES reports.
Measures of Greatness thmb 1213Measures of Greatness
"Ach, ich fühl's," Pamina's Act II aria in Die Zauberflöte, is like nothing else written by Mozart. WILLIAM R. BRAUN takes note.
Molto Buffo thmb 1213Molto Buffo
At the age of forty-three, Ambrogio Maestri, star of the Met's new Falstaff, has become the opera world's Sir John of choice. The ebullient Italian baritone, who marks his 200th career performance as Verdi's fat knight this month, talks to BARRY SINGER.
Topping Shakespeare thmb 1213Topping Shakespeare
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In Falstaff, Verdi and Boito created a richer, fuller character than Shakespeare's rascally Sir John. GARRY WILLS compares the opera and the plays.
Carsen Show THMB 1213The Carsen Show
This season, one of the oldest productions in the Met repertoire, Franco Zeffirelli's Falstaff, will be replaced by Robert Carsen's new staging. BRIAN KELLOW speaks with Carsen, whose guiding principle is simple: "Each show creates its own language," he says, "and you have to get the audience to believe in it."
Singing to Win thmb 1213Singing to Win
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL travels to Verona to experience the twenty-first edition of Operalia, the singing competition founded by Plácido Domingo.
Departments
KaufVerdiCD Recordings
In Review Met Norma thmb 1213 In Review
Books
On the Beat Arroyo Sotomayor thmb 1213On the Beat
by BRIAN KELLOW
Dateline     
by EMILY OSTERTAG
Viewpoint THMB 1213Viewpoint: You Can't Go Home Again
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Stevens thmb 1213OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat arroyo thmb 1213On the Beat
Arroyo recipient of 2013 Kennedy Center Honors; Chopped!: Lewis recalls TV's Lizzie Borden.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Griffiths thmb 1213Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites THMB 1213Sound Bites: Jennifer Johnson Cano
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Broadcast Rigoletto thmb 1213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Rigoletto 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, December 7, 12:30 P.M.
Broadcast Falstaff thmb 1213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Falstaff 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, December 14, 12:55 P.M. (HD), 1 P.M. (Radio)
Broadcast Midsummer thmb 1213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, December 21, 1 P.M.
Broadcast Tosca thmb 1213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Tosca 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, December 28, 12:30 P.M.
Obituaries Chereau thmb 1213Obituaries
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Revolutionary director Patrice Chéreau dies at sixty eight; opera administrator and stage director Lotfi Mansouri; arts advocate F. Malcolm Graff.
Coda The Long Goodbye THMB 1213Coda: The Long Goodbye
by ALLAN KOZINN

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