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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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A new room for music on Park Avenue
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1-4. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA began its one-hundred-twenty-ninth season on September 23, with a new production of Eugene Onegin. (See review, p. 54.) Famous faces in the opening-night crowd included actors Bryan Batt and Patricia Clarkson (1); Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (2); Met general manager Peter Gelb and his wife, conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson (3); and actor Patrick Stewart and his wife, jazz singer Sunny Ozell (4).

5. MINNESOTA OPERA has announced the next commission in its New Works Initiative. Composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell will collaborate on The Shining, an opera based on the 1977 novel by Stephen King that was also the source of Stanley Kubrick's classic 1980 film starring JACK NICHOLSON. The opera adaptation of The Shining is scheduled to have its world premiere in May 2016.

6. THE BOARD OF OFFICERS ROOM in Manhattan's PARKAVENUEARMORY has been revitalized to serve as a state-of-the-art salon for small-scale performances and art installations.The inaugural recital in the space, on September 29, featured baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber. One of the few remaining interiors designed by the nineteenth-century firm of Herter Brothers, and one of the most important historic rooms in America, the Board of Officers Room's renovation and restoration was designed by Herzog & de Meuron. 

7. On September 12, JOAN MATABOSCH was appointed artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real for a term of six years, replacing Gerard Mortier, who has moved into the newly created post of artistic advisor for the Real. Matabosch, artistic director of the Liceu in Barcelona since 1996, will continue to supervise the current season at that theater.

8. THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA in Manhattan will present the U.S. premiere of John Bridcut's new documentary, Britten's Endgame, on Sunday, December 15, at 3 P.M. The screening will be introduced by Bridcut, whose film explores Britten's creativity in the face of failing health as the composer raced to complete his final opera, Death in Venice. For tickets and more information, visit www.paleycenter.org.

9. OPERA PHILDELPHIA, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, has announced that composer ANDREW NORMAN has been selected as the company's third composer in residence. Norman was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music for his Companion Guide to Romefor string trio. spacer 

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Current Issue: September 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 3