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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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Paris's Walküre, to be part of a June Ring
© Opéra National de Paris/Elise Haberer 2013
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Dame Kiri, due at Downton next season
© Beth Bergman 2013
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Cardiff competitor Barton
Courtesy Jamie Barton

1. KIRI TE KANAWA will perform in an episode of the fourth season of Downton Abbey, the hit ITV television series currently shooting in England. Te Kanawa, who last appeared at the Met as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in La Fille du Régiment in 2012, will play a houseguest of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, owners of Downton Abbey. 

2. The 2013–14 season at THE METROPOLITAN OPERA will feature music director JAMES LEVINE's return to the podium, leading revivals of Così Fan Tutte and Wozzeck, as well as the local premiere of Robert Carsen's staging of Falstaff. The Met will offer five other new productions in 2013–14 — the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, directed by Bartlett Sher; a new Werther, staged by Richard Eyre; a new Fledermaus, directed by Jeremy Sams; the U.S. premiere of Deborah Warner's production of Eugene Onegin; and the return to the Met of Borodin's Prince Igor, in a brand-new staging by Dmitri Tcherniakov. For tickets and information, visit www.metopera.org.

3. Mezzo-soprano JAMIE BARTON has been chosen to represent the United States at this year's BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, which will take place between June 16 and 23. Barton will also compete for the event's song prize. Upcoming engagements for Barton include the Verdi Requiem in Melbourne, Australia (Sept. 2013), and Fricka in Houston Grand Opera's new Rheingold (Apr. 2014).

4. The PARIS OPERA will celebrate the Wagner bicentenary with the presentation of the four parts of Gunter Krämer's Ring cycle staging in June (18–26), with music director Philippe Jordan conducting. This marks the first time in more than sixty years that the company has presented the full Ring. For more information, visit http://ring.operadeparis.fr.

5. On March 1, the winners of the forty-second annual GEORGE LONDON FOUNDATION AWARDS COMPETITION were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round, which took place at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. The seven victors, who were each awarded $10,000, were sopranos Felicia Moore, Jessica Muirhead and Marcy Stonikas; tenors Dominic Armstrong and Noah Baetge; and baritones Jamez McCorkle and Nicholas Pallesen.

Larry Hancock, Opera San José's general manager, becomes the company's general director on July 1, 2014, succeeding general director and company founder Irene Dalis, who will retire at the end of the current season.  

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GLF president Nora London, center, with Pallesen, Muirhead, Baetge, Armstrong, Stonikas and McCorkle
© Shawn Ehlers 2013

6. DECCA celebrated the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth with the March 5 release of a limited-edition 75-CD BOX SET containing his entire canon of works. The set includes thirty complete opera recordings that trace Verdi's artistic evolution from Oberto to Falstaff ,  as well as performances of the Requiem, other sacred and choral works, arias, songs, ballet music, chamber works and piano pieces. Among the Verdian maestros included in the set are Solti, Karajan, Kleiber, Giulini, Abbado, Muti, Chailly, Sinopoli, Bonynge, Chung, Gardelli, Gergiev, Luisi and Levine.  spacer

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