Table Of Contents: July 2014

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JOHN ELIOT GARDINER: BACH CONDUCTOR AND BACH BIOGRAPHER

Vol. 79, No. 1

• Sound Bites: Tara Erraught
• The Real Violetta Valéry
• Book Bonanza: A Summer Reading List
• Wordmaster: Librettist Gene Scheer
• Revolutionary Classics: Reviving the Beaumarchais Figaro Plays
• Seeing Double: Verdi and/or Wagner 


Features
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Biographer JULIE KAVANAGH tells the story of Marie Duplessis, the girl who inspired Verdi's Violetta Valéry.
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In Verdi and/or Wagner, author Peter Conrad evokes the life and times of two titanic composers — and the mythic power of opera itself. FRED COHN talks to Conrad.
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Director Stephen Wadsworth has brought the Figaro plays of Beaumarchais back to theatrical life. DAVID PATRICK STEARNS reports.
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Veteran book editor and opera aficionado MARSHALL DE BRUHL shares his memories of working with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Walter Legge and James Levine.
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It's summertime. Pour yourself a glass of pinot grigio, find yourself a quiet corner, and start boning up for next season. WILLIAM R. BRAUN offers some savvy suggestions of books and videos that will help you make the most of what opera companies have on tap.
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Johann Sebastian Bach has long been a consuming passion of conductor John Eliot Gardiner, who has now written a book on the composer. DAVID PATRICK STEARNS looks at the ways in which Gardiner's relationship with Bach has evolved.
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MICHAEL SLADE chats with one of contemporary opera's busiest and best librettists. 
Departments
Recordings
In Review
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John Eliot Gardiner on Johann Sebastian Bach; Jessye Norman on Jessye Norman.
Dateline     
by MARIA MAZZARO
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Spirit of Inquiry
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This summer, the Bard Music Festival celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, with two weekends devoted to "Schubert and His World" at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. BRIAN KELLOW speaks with Leon Botstein, Bard College president and co-artistic director of the Festival, about his pioneering work in thematic programming.
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This summer, the Martina Arroyo Foundation presents fully staged productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Traviata, at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse. BRIAN KELLOW speaks with Barbiere's stage director, the acclaimed and versatile character actor Anthony Laciura.
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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by EMILY OSTERTAG
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She'll cry tomorrow: Voigt writes a memoir about the hazards of a high-pressure life in opera.
by BRIAN KELLOW
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April 13, 2014 | The Plaza, NYC
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by BRIAN KELLOW
Obituaries
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Bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk dies at eighty-two; pianist and coach George Darden.
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by DAVID J. BAKER

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