Table Of Contents: February 2013

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THE RHYTHM OF LIFE: ANTONIO PAPPANO CELEBRATES TEN YEARS AS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF COVENT GARDEN

Vol. 77, No. 8

• Parallel Lives: Garry Wills on Rigoletto and King Lear
• Tony-Winner Michael Mayer Makes his Met Debut
• Conductor Rising: Jayce Ogren at NYCO
• Sound Bites: David Pershall
• Listener of Note: Barbara Barrie
• A New Rigoletto at the Met


Features
Trip to the Argentine thmb 213A Trip to the Argentine
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The exhilarating music of Fernando Otero emerges from a post-Piazzolla intersection of tango and classical sounds. BRIAN KELLOW speaks with the Argentine composer–pianist about his heartfelt new CD, Romance — in part, a tribute to his late mother, the well-known singer–actress Elsa Marval.
Leap of Faith THMB 1111A Gift of Song
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BRIAN KELLOW chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, who this month curates a program of song for New York Festival of Song's "NYFOS Next" series.
Conducting Energy thmb 213Conducting Energy
Jayce Ogren has been a consistent bright spot during the dark days of New York City Opera's retrenchment. WILLIAM R. BRAUN talks to the up-and-coming maestro about his ability to accentuate the positive in the face of so many daunting challenges.
Shadow of a king thmb 213Shadow of a King
Verdi's dream of setting King Lear never came to fruition, but the Shakespearean dimensions of the troubled father–daughter relationship he created in Rigoletto give opera-lovers a pretty good idea of what the composer might have done with the Bard's great tragedy. GARRY WILLS traces the connection.
What Happens in Mantua thmb 213What Happens in Mantua Stays in Mantua
What do Vegas and Verdi have in common? More than you might think. Michael Mayer, director of the Met's new Rigoletto, sees the seductive charm and corrupt core of America's gambling paradise as a modern-day counterpart to the chiaroscuro dazzle and decadence of sixteenth-century Mantua. ROB WEINERT-KENDT reports.
Balancing Act THMB 213Balancing Act
Running the Royal Opera House isn't easy, but Antonio Pappano has done it for the past ten years with style and grace. The popular music director sits down with JESSICA DUCHEN to take stock of his tenure and share his insights on Wagner, Verdi and the resistance confronting high culture in Britain today.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books Ades cover 113 Books
Conversations with Thomas Adès; Donna Leon's new novel features Venice, opera and mystery.
Viewpoint Hugo thmb 113Viewpoint: A Touch of the Poet
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Year With the Queen Drama Queens Cover 113A Year With the Queens
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL speaks with Joyce DiDonato about how Donizetti's Mary Stuart fits into the bel canto canon and the year-long preparation behind her thrilling new album of baroque rarities, Drama Queens.
OpWatch Brancy thmb 213OperaWatch
by OUSSAMA ZAHR
ON the Beat Boccia thmb 113On the Beat
In Wexford, gifted recitalists, plus Lennox Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement, give strong support to the main-stage offerings.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Talvela thmb 213Essentials
by BRIAN KELLOW, TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites PErshall thmb 113Sound Bites: David Pershall
by BRIAN KELLOW
Broadcast Comte Ory THMB 213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Le Comte Ory 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, February 2, 1:00 P.M.
Broadcast Elisir thmb 213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: L'Elisir d'Amore 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, February 9, 1:00 P.M.
Broadcast Rigoletto thmb 213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Rigoletto 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, February 16, 1:00 P.M.
Broadcast Carmen thmb 213Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Carmen 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, February 23, 12:30 P.M.
Obituaries Carter thmb 113Obituaries
Centenarian composer Elliott Carter; film composer Richard Robbins.
Dateline
by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda Barrie thmb 113Listener of Note: Barbara Barrie
by BRIAN KELLOW

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