Table Of Contents: February 2016

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KRISTINE OPOLAIS: THE MET'S RED-HOT NEW MANON LESCAUT

Vol. 80, No. 8

• Can Opera Ever Be Politically Correct?
• Out Late with Lidia Bastianich
• An Operatic Valentine Bouquet
• Director Leonard Foglia
• Marilyn Zschau's Life After Opera
• Road Show: Barry Banks in Munich
• Sound Bites: Bass-Baritone Brandon Cedel


Features
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In just a few seasons, KRISTINE OPOLAIS has become one of opera’s most in-demand sopranos. This month, she stars in a new Manon Lescaut at the Met.
by Scott Barnes. 
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Discomfort Zone thmb 216Discomfort Zone
Can opera ever meet twenty-first-century standards of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? Should it even try?
by Philip Kennicott. Illustration by Nigel Buchanan. 
Elektra Energy thmb 216Elektra Energy
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For more than three decades, Marilyn Zschau was a compelling interpreter of Strauss, Puccini and Verdi. She’s now retired from singing and doing a very different kind of work.
by Scott Barnes. 
Road Show Barry Banks thmb 216Road Show: Barry Banks in Munich
The British tenor shares his favorite spots in the thriving capital city of Bavaria.
Foglia Edition thmb 216Foglia Edition
LEONARD FOGLIA is one of opera’s busiest directors. This month he stages Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia and A Coffin in Egypt for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook.
by Michael Slade. 
Out Late Bastianich thmb 216Out Late with Lidia Bastianich
Everyone’s favorite Italian chef welcomes OPERA NEWS to a post-show meal at her restaurant Felidia.
by F. Paul Driscoll. 
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books Traviata Cover 216 Books
René Weis delivers an obsessive look at the fallen woman who took nineteenth-century Paris by storm and inspired Dumas and Verdi.
On the Beat Sayre thmb 216On the Beat: Breakthroughs.
Angelo Villari scores big in Wexford’s Guglielmo Ratcliff; Justin Sayre’s novel about an opera-loving kid hits bookstores.
by Brian Kellow. 
Obituaries Craft thmb 216Obituaries
The Metropolitan Opera's director of archives, Robert Tuggle; Stravinsky confidant Robert Craft; Czech opera authority Yveta Synek Graff; Met timpanist Richard Horowitz. 
Style Garden Variety thmb 216Style: Garden Variety
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Broadway Fiddler thmb 216Fiddler Returns
Brian Kellow pays a visit to Bartlett Sher's new Broadway staging of Fiddler on the Roof.
Behind the Scenes thmb 216Behind the Scenes: Portland Opera
For carpenter Jona Stagg, the family business is the arts.
by Wendy Weisman 
MOG LUncheon thmb 216Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon 2015
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The Metropolitan Opera Guild's Eighty-First Annual Membership Luncheon | Waldorf Astoria, November 13
Photographs by Dario Acosta 
In Review Viewpoint Bondy thmb 216Viewpoint: Man of the Theater
by F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy thmb 216Noteworthy & Now. 
by Maria Mazzaro.
Sound Bites Cedel thmb 216Sound Bites: Brandon Cedel
The South Carolina-born bass-baritone sings in Boston, Geneva, Munich and New York this season.
by F. Paul Driscoll. 
Backstory Von Stade thmb 216Backstory: Frederica von Stade
Opera News has talked time and again to FREDERICA VON STADE, and who can blame us?
by Fred Cohn 

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