Table Of Contents: May 2016

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MICHAEL FABIANO: A BRILLIANT TENOR'S WINNING GAME

Vol. 80, No. 11

• 50 Hottest European Festivals
• This Summer's Must-Have Tickets
• Visionary Director: Katie Mitchell
• SFO's General Director David Gockley
• Opéra de Monte Carlo's Jean-Louis Grinda
• Lori Laitman's Scarlet Letter in Denver
• Road Show: Claudia Boyle in Dublin


Features
Tenor Inc thmb 516Tenor, Inc.
MICHAEL FABIANO may have the most exciting tenor voice in opera, and the careful calculation behind his career is paying off. This month, he stars in Rigoletto at the Paris Opera.
By Brian Kellow.
Photographed by Coral von Zumwalt at Inn at the Presidio.
 
Salzburg Connection thmb 516The Salzburg Connection
Salzburg Festival president HELGA RABL-STADLER has guided a cultural jewel into the twenty-first century.
by Fred Cohn. 
Forensic Eye thmb 516Forensic Eye
Stage director KATIE MITCHELL brings her singular style to Pelléas et Mélisande in Aix.
by Jessica Duchen. 
Petite Maison thmb 516La Petite Maison
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JEAN-LOUIS GRINDA, director of the Opéra de Monte Carlo, is also one of the busiest stage directors in Europe.
by Sheila Johnston. 
Road SHow Boyle thmb 516Road Show: Claudia Boyle in Dublin
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The Irish soprano offers a true Dubliner’s look at the Irish capital.
by Brian Kellow. 
Exit the King thmb 516Exit the King
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DAVID GOCKLEY, one of the most distinguished opera administrators in U.S. history, steps down after a decade at San Francisco Opera.
by F. Paul Driscoll. 
Scarlet Fever thmb 516Scarlet Fever
LORI LAITMAN'S opera The Scarlet Letter has traveled a long road to its professional premiere at OPERA COLORADO this month—but the composer never stopped believing it would happen.
by Matthew Sigman. 
Departments
Recordings Freischutz lg 516 Recordings
Weber’s once-groundbreaking work Der Freischütz nowadays feels fusty—but not in this grim production from Dresden. Pinchgut Opera's Iphigénie; Ho's The Lesson of Da Ji; a DVD of Lortzing's children's opera, Undine; U. Zimmerman's one-act Weisse Rose; soprano Veronique Gens records a stunning recital of luscious late-nineteenth-century mélodies; Dmitri Hvorostovsky's passionate recording of Shostakovich and Liszt Sonnets; Dorothea Röschmann presents a recital of Mozart arias.
In Review In Review
NORTH AMERICA: A new Manon Lescaut at the Met; Ana-María Martínez sings her first Met Cio-Cio-San; La Calisto at Juilliard; Roméo and Rosenkavalier in Chicago; Maria Stuarda rules Seattle. INTERNATIONAL: Stephen Lord paces Marjorie Owens in ENO’s Norma; Figaro divorces in Cardiff;  a new Alcina in Geneva; Mozart’s Mitridate sings in Paris.
Books
Voices of Summer thmb 516Voices of Summer
Online Exclusive
OPERA NEWS's International Summer Forecast for 2016.
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Viewpoint THMB 516Viewpoint: Completely Original
by F. Paul Driscoll.
Noteworthy Now Thmb 516Noteworthy & Now
by Maria Mazzaro.
On the Beat Gens lg 516On the Beat
Véronique Gens brings beauty and gravitas to her recording of music by Chausson, Hahn and Duparc.
by Brian Kellow. 
Sound Bites Amy Shoremount Obra thmb 516Sound Bites: Amy Shoremount-Obra
The soprano sings Mozart, Schubert and Verdi this season.
by F. Paul Driscoll. 
Operapedia Rusalka thmb 516Operapedia: Rusalka 
Henry Stewart learns from Dvořák’s folksy fairy tale that life is better down where it’s wetter.
by Henry Stewart. 
Behind the Scenes thmb 516Behind the Scenes: The Metropolitan Opera
Photographer BETH BERGMAN has found her passion in making visual memories of an art form she loves.
by Louise T. Guinther. 
Style Bag thmb 516Style: Carry On
Are you planning your summer travels with our OPERA NEWS European Festivals guide? We think these bags, backpacks and briefcases for men and women will be the perfect ways to pack for your upcoming journeys.
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Obituaries thmb 516Obituaries
Ballerina Violette Verdy; composer Stephen Stucky; bass-baritone and actor George Gaynes.
Backstory Peter Sellars thmb 516Backstory: Peter Sellars
by Fred Cohn.

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