Table Of Contents: May 2015

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THE TENTH ANNUAL OPERA NEWS AWARDS

Vol. 79, No. 11

• Piotr Beczala
• Ferruccio Furlanetto
• Sondra Radvanovsky
• Samuel Ramey
• Teresa Stratas
• 5 Surprising Casting Choices
• Operapedia: Don Giovanni
Vivica Genaux in Cavalli at Spoleto USA
• Your Guide to the Best International Summer Festivals
• Sound Bites: Ryan Speedo Green


Features
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For the editors of OPERA NEWS, one of the highlights of the year is the opportunity to give our personal tributes to the five OPERA NEWS Award honorees. It’s an assignment that brings out the opera fan in all of us. Please enjoy our celebration of these incomparable artists in the following pages.
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The countertenor, who was the first American opera singer to appear in a Kabuki play at the legendary Minami-za theater, talks to ERIC MYERS about his favorite places in Japan’s historic sacred city.
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Vivica Genaux has built a sterling reputation by resurrecting long-forgotten Baroque treasures. This month, she sings the title role  in Veremonda, a Cavalli rarity, at Spoleto USA. ADAM WASSERMAN interviews the mezzo.
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HENRY STEWART pays tribute to the the thrilling Polish tenor, who has the kind of voice you want to hang medals on.
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LOUISE T. GUINTHER pays tribute to the Italian bass, who combines the dramatic range and mutability of a true character actor with a uniquely ravishing vocal endowment.
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ADAM WASSERMAN celebrates the artistry of Sondra Radvanovsky, who has taken on some of opera’s monumental prima donna roles with one of the most electrifying spinto voices of our time.
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BRIAN KELLOW lauds the singular American bass, whose amazing command of breath and legato, round richness of tone and trumpet-like top filled his characters' darkest moments onstage with the light of humanity.
ON Awards Stratas thmb 515The OPERA NEWS Awards: Teresa Stratas
F. PAUL DRISCOLL extols the unmatched artistry of Teresa Stratas, whose commitment was unswerving, her instinct impeccable, and whose craft — her sheer know-how on a stage — was prodigious. 
Settling the Score thmb 515Settling the Score
Many opera-lovers think they know exactly which role is suited to which voice. WILLIAM R. BRAUN looks at some of the received opinions in casting — and the performances that give the lie to them.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
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Glass reflects on his music; John F. Martin’s photographs from San Francisco Opera.
Dateline
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by MARIA MAZZARO
ON Awards thmb 515 Photos from the Tenth Annual Opera News Awards
The Plaza Hotel, NYC | April 19, 2015
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Composer Patrick Morganelli, whose opera/B-movie mashup, Hercules vs. Vampires, is currently playing at LA Opera, chats with ADAM WASSERMAN about fashioning an operatic score to accompany Mario Bava's 1960 film Ercole al Centro della Terra.
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HENRY STEWART drags Mozart’s tragicomic essential down to earth.

Viewpoint thmb 515Viewpoint: Time for Celebration
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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Ledesma trades Verdi and Puccini for mariachi in Houston; the George London Foundation picks its annual winners.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites Ryan Speedo Green thmb 515Sound Bites: Ryan Speedo Green
by BRIAN KELLOW
On the Beat thmb 515Obituaries
Composer Marvin David Levy dies at eighty-two; stage director Luca Ronconi; Lyric Opera of Chicago board president Kenneth G. Pigott; critic Andrew Patner; versatile singer Anita Darian.
Coda Quiet Place thmb 515Coda: The Performance I Can't Forget
by JAMIE BERNSTEIN

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