Table Of Contents: June 2013

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GALA ATTRACTION: DAVID DANIELS SINGS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF OSCAR AT SANTA FE

Vol. 77, No. 12

• Road Show: Patricia Racette in San Francisco
• Guiding Star: Merola Opera Program's Sheri Greenawald
• Comedy Tonight: Verdi's Giorno di Regno at Glimmerglass
• Singing Saints and Sinners: Tenor William Burden
• Country Music: Virginia's Castleton Festival
• Sound Bites: Aubrey Allicock
• Farewell to Risë Stevens
• Thomas Allen at the New England Conservatory of Music


Features
Road Show thmb 613Road Show: Patricia Racette in San Francisco
New Hampshire native Patricia Racette has a special affection for San Francisco. ERIC MYERS reports.
Pride of the Merolini thmb 613The Pride of the Merolini
Sheri Greenawald's eye for talent has brought new luster to San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, where she has served as artistic director since 2002. F. PAUL DRISCOLL caught up with the soprano as preparations were beginning for Merola's 2013 season, now underway.
The Arcadians thmb 613The Arcadians
Now entering its fifth season, the Castleton Festival is a peculiar little experiment that makes opera available in a beautiful place, far from the usual cultural hubs. PHILIP KENNICOTT pays a visit.
New Directions thmb 613New Directions
American tenor William Burden, whose repertory includes bel canto, Gluck, Britten, Berg and Stravinsky, relishes the challenges of singing new works. F. PAUL DRISCOLL talks to the tenor, who sings in this month's world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera — and follows it up next month with the world premiere of Oscar at Santa Fe Opera.
Wilde at Heart THMB 613Wilde at Heart
This summer, David Daniels takes on the title role in a vehicle created expressly for him — Oscar, an opera about Oscar Wilde, the flamboyant literary celebrity of late-Victorian England. Daniels tells OUSSAMA ZAHR why Wilde's story is relevant to twenty-first-century audiences.
Verdi Lite thmb 613Verdi Lite
Un Giorno di Regno, Verdi's famously unsuccessful melodramma giocoso from 1840, seems to be having something of a renaissance. PHILIP GOSSETT looks at the pluses and minuses of Verdi's first comedy.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books
Made in Paris
BRIAN KELLOW speaks with Will Crutchfield, Caramoor's director of opera, about how, more than mere translation, Verdi's Don Carlos amounts to a French opera in its own right.
Viewpoint Summerstock thmb 613Viewpoint: Taking Stock of Summer
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Branagh thmb 613OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Blanchard Toc THMB 613His Hat in the Ring
Online Exclusive
This month, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents the world premiere of Champion, Terence Blanchard's new "opera in jazz" about the extraordinary life and career of the boxer Emile Griffith.
On the Beat Allen thmb 613On the Beat
Allen enlivens New England Conservatory master class; returning to The Fantasticks after thirty years.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Pergolesi thmb 613Essentials
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by BRIAN KELLOW and TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites THMB 613Sound Bites: Aubrey Allicock
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Summer Holiday
TRISTAN KRAFT and FRED COHN survey the U.S. festival landscape.
Obituaries Stevens thmb 613Obituaries
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Conductor Colin Davis dies at eighty-five; opera legend Risë Stevens, one of the Met's greatest stars, dies at ninety-nine.
Dateline     
by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda Performance Can't Forget thmb 613Coda: The Performance I Can't Forget
by WILLIAM R. BRAUN

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