Table Of Contents: April 2014

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THE NINTH ANNUAL OPERA NEWS AWARDS, HONORING PATRICE CHÉREAU, JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ, CHRISTA LUDWIG, JAMES MORRIS & NINA STEMME

Vol. 78, No. 10

• Vintage Charm: Strauss and Arabella
Sound Bites: John Brancy
• Remembering Claudio Abbado
• Nothing Serious: The Depth of Opera's Lightest Interludes
• The Performance Carol Vaness Can't Forget


Features
ON Awards Award THMB 413The OPERA NEWS Awards
The Ninth Annual OPERA NEWS Awards salute the distinguished achievements of five of opera's best. 
ON Awards Chereau thmb 314Patrice Chéreau
F. PAUL DRISCOLL salutes the French director of theater, film and opera, whose revolutionary, transformative work on the opera stage is being honored with a posthumously bestowed OPERA NEWS Award.
ON Awards Florez thmb 414Juan Diego Flórez
TRISTAN KRAFT pays tribute to the Peruvian tenor, whose musical flair and mastery of the bel canto style will be recognized this year with an OPERA NEWS Award.
ON Awards Ludwig thmb 414Christa Ludwig
LOUISE T. GUINTHER salutes the distinguished achievements of the matchless German mezzo, whose five-decade career in opera and lieder is being honored with an OPERA NEWS Award.
ON Awards Morris thmb 414James Morris
James Morris has fashioned a remarkable career by using his basso cantante to reveal the humanity behind operas' gods, kings and sinister men of strength. BRIAN KELLOW pays homage to the bass-baritone, who this year receives an OPERA NEWS Award.
ON Awards Stemme thmb 414Nina Stemme
ADAM WASSERMAN celebrates the remarkable Swedish soprano, whose abundant talents have shone a bright light into the dramatic repertoire and earned her an OPERA NEWS Award.
Nothing Serious thmb 414Nothing Serious
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PATRICK DILLON admits that some of his favorite moments in opera are on the lighter side.
End of the Affair thmb 414The End of the Affair
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Arabella, which returns to the Met this month, had its world premiere in 1933. It wasn't Richard Strauss's final opera, but DAVID J. BAKER believes that Arabella was the last work of the composer's great years.
Claudio Abbado thmb 414Claudio Abbado, 1933–2014
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FRED COHN offers a personal tribute to the great conductor, who died on January 20.
Departments
VillazonMozartCD Recordings
CRITIC'S CHOICE: Villazón sings Mozart concert arias. RECORDINGS: Götterdämmerung and The Secret Agent; Rebeka, Mosuc and Grigolo release recitals. VIDEO: Lear's triumphant 1962 Lulu. The premiere of The Perfect American in Madrid; Wagner in Toulouse and Milan; Zauberflöte sings in Bregenz; modern countertenors salute Farinelli.
In Review
Books Stravinsky World lg 414 Books
A collection of essays on Stravinsky; Craft remembers Stravinsky.
Sweet Voice of Reason THMB 1211Joyce DiDonato on the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards
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Joyce DiDonato, who hosts the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards on Sunday, April 13, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, was a recipient of the prize for distinguished achievement in 2009. Here the mezzo answers four questions about the event, and shares some of her indelible memories from past Opera News Awards.
On Broadway Benanti thmb 414On Broadway: Laura Benanti
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BRIAN KELLOW chats with Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), who stars as Rosabella in the New York City Center Encores! presentation of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, opening April 2.
Viewpoint Plaza thmb 414Viewpoint: All-Star Ensemble
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Irwin thmb 414OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat Soo thmb 414On the Beat
A hit (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and a hit (The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) that misses.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Essentials Vaness thmb 414Essentials
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by BRIAN KELLOW and TRISTAN KRAFT
Sound Bites Brancy thmb 414Sound Bites: John Brancy
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Broadcast Boheme thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Bohème 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, April 5, 12:55 P.M. (HD), 1 P.M. (Radio) 
Broadcast Chenier thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Andrea Chénier 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, April 12, 1 P.M.
Broadcast Arabella thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Arabella 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, April 19, 12 P.M.
Broadcast Così thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Così Fan Tutte 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, April 26, 12:55 P.M. (HD), 1 P.M. (Radio)
Broadcast Purtain thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: I Puritani 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, May 3, 1 P.M.
Broadcast Cenerentola thmb 414Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Cenerentola 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, May 10, 12:55 P.M. (HD), 1 P.M. (Radio)
Obituaries DAngelo thmb 414Obituaries
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Sopranos Gianna D'Angelo and Rae Woodland; manager Harold Shaw.
Dateline
by EMILY OSTERTAG
Coda Idomeneo thmb 414Coda: The Performance I Can't Forget
by CAROL VANESS

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