Table Of Contents: August 2015

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CONDUCTOR ROBIN TICCIATI: GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA'S BRILLIANT MUSIC DIRECTOR

Vol. 80, No. 2

THE CONDUCTOR'S ISSUE
• Rising Star Speranza Scappucci at Santa Fe Opera
• A Conversation with Franz Welser-Möst
• Alan Gilbert's Innovations at The New York Philharmonic
• Maestro Michele Mariotti Energizes Bologna
• Revisiting Leonard Bernstein's Carmen
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Features
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Early in her career, Alex Penda gained notices for her fearless portrayals of bel canto heroines. In recent seasons, her dramatic approach has instigated forays into weightier Germanic repertoire. This summer, she takes on the title role in a new production of Salome at Santa Fe Opera. MARIA MAZZARO speaks with the Bulgarian soprano about learning to love Strauss.
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The Diva and the Maestro thmb 815The Diva and the Maestro
For LAUREN FLANIGAN, observing the rapport between Richard Bonynge and Edita Gruberova was a life-altering experience.
Performance Reviews thmb 815Performance Reviews
Top prima donnas pull no punches in critiquing the men who wielded the baton. Can you guess who said what about whom?
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It hasn’t taken long for Michele Mariotti to convince the world’s great opera orchestras that he knows the score. FRED COHN catches up with Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s music director.
Carmen Revisited thmb 815Carmen Revisited
Leonard Bernstein’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of Carmen — a byproduct of his leadership of Bizet’s masterpiece at the Metropolitan Opera — caused some controversy when it was first released, in 1973. WILLIAM R. BRAUN listens to Pentatone’s new SACD remastering of the performance and finds the maestro’s work compelling.
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Alan Gilbert has affirmed his commitment to contemporary music with his innovative programming at the New York Philharmonic. This month, Gilbert conducts the U.S. premiere of the most widely acclaimed opera of recent years, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He discusses the work’s structures and challenges with JOSHUA ROSENBLUM.
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British dynamo Robin Ticciati, who holds the reins at Glyndebourne, shares his podium philosophy with RICHARD FAIRMAN.
Lightning Rod thmb 815Lightning Rod
Franz Welser-Möst, who leads Salzburg’s Fidelio this month, believes in letting the music define the drama — and he isn’t afraid to say so. ALLAN KOZINN reports.
Modern Classicist thmb 815The Modern Classicist
CONRAD L. OSBORNE reflects on the legacy of Karl Böhm, whose artistry was rooted in the concept of company.
Departments
Recordings Treemonisha cover 815 Recordings
In Review Glyndebourne Poliuto THMB 815 In Review
Books Figaro Murders Lebow lg 815 Books
A new Bizet biography from Hugh Macdonald; Figaro Murders stars Lorenzo da Ponte as detective; the story of Santa Fe Opera; the origins of musical notation.
Dateline
by MARIA MAZZARO
Viewpoint Juntwait thmb 815Viewpoint: The Voice of a Friend
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Fleming Graduation thmb 815OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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Courville, Mesko, Evans win top prizes at L.A.’s Loren L. Zachary Competition; O’Hara is brilliantly in the moment in The King and I.
Sound Bites Speranza Scappucci thmb 815Sound Bites: Speranza Scappucci
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Obituaries Castel thmb 815Obituaries
Nico Castel, Frank Porretta and Günther Schneider-Siemssen.
Coda Waltz Lessons thmb 815Coda: Waltz Lessons
by DAVID J. BAKER

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