Table Of Contents: November 2014

Cover November 2014


Vol. 79, No. 5

• The 13th Annual Diva Issue
• The One and Only Leontyne Price
• Rediscovering Renata Tebaldi
• Composers & Their Muses
• Class Act: Krassimira Stoyanova
• Luminous Lucia Popp

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DAVID J. BAKER talks to Krassimira Stoyanova, whose cool, musicianly elegance has established her as a Verdi soprano of distinction. 
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How do composers write music for the divas who inspire them? BARRY SINGER finds out.
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Even when playing royalty, soprano Lucia Popp (1939­–93) touched audiences on the deepest human level. LOUISE T. GUINTHER remembers the superb soprano.
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With wins at every major vocal competition and rave reviews for her work in Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi, Angela Meade is easily the most talked-about soprano of her generation. FRED COHN reports on Meade’s rise to stardom.
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In an era full of great singers, Leontyne Price had a magic that was all her own. PHILIP KENNICOTT pays tribute to a legend.
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ROGER PINES listens to the early recordings of Renata Tebaldi and discovers the thrilling sound of a diva in the making.
SeattleRingCD Recordings
CRITIC'S CHOICE: Avie releases a live recording of Seattle Opera’s 2013 Ring cycle. A new program of bravura arias from DiDonato; recitals from Cargill, Vargas and Winters; Decca reissues historic programs by Rouleau and Deutekom. VIDEO: Ariadne auf Naxos sparkles at Glyndebourne; Lindstrom is Turandot at Covent Garden; Marthaler directs a spectacular presentation of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Hangar-7 of Salzburg Airport; Otello telecast from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice; Wernicke directs and designs Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers at La Monnaie.
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NORTH AMERICA: Santa Fe Opera offers the U.S. premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen, plus new productions of Fidelio, Don Pasquale, Carmen, The Impresario and Le Rossignol; Central City Opera presents The Sound of Music at Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House; Wolf Trap produces a double bill of Le Pauvre Matelot and Les Mamelles de Tirésias. INTERNATIONAL: Alagna is Verdi’s Otello at Orange; Salzburg welcomes star-studded stagings of Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola and Il Trovatore, as well as the world premiere of Charlotte Salomon.
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Connolly’s “Scherza infida” at the Aix-en-Provence Festival makes time stop.
Sound Bites Kiri Deonarine thmb 1114Sound Bites: Kiri Deonarine
Obituaries Albanese thmb 1114Obituaries
Beloved diva Licia Albanese, the definitive Puccini interpreter of her era, dies at 105; soprano Cristina Deutekom.
Coda Morrison thmb 1114Coda: The Bionic Trouper

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