Table Of Contents: December 2014

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RENÉE FLEMING: ENERGIZING LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO

Vol. 79, No. 6

• A New Merry Widow Arrives at The Met
• Broadway's Susan Stroman Makes Her Met Debut
• Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
• Franz Lehár's Unknown Treasures
• Christopher Koelsch at Los Angeles Opera
• An Operatic Holiday Gift List
• Sound Bites: Mario Chang
• Listener of Note: Simon Callow


Features
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HENRY STEWART suggests presents for some of the characters on your Christmas list.
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How are things at Los Angeles Opera? F. PAUL DRISCOLL talks to Christopher Koelsch, the company’s innovative president and CEO.
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SCOTT BARNES visits with Tony-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman, who makes her Met debut on New Year’s Eve with a new Merry Widow.
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PATRICK DILLON follows The Nutcracker’s path to becoming a Christmas institution. Is there an opera with comparable holiday magic?
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Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who brought international acclaim to Teatro Regio Torino, has said he won’t renew his contract as music director. FRED COHN reports.
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Renée Fleming is bringing energy, acumen and superstar clout to her new role as Lyric Opera of Chicago’s creative consultant. MEGAN McKINNEY observes the soprano in action in the Windy City.
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Though Franz Lehár wrote dozens of stage works, The Merry Widow remains the unquestioned high-water mark of his career. PETER G. DAVIS dusts off some of the hidden gems in the composer’s catalogue.
Departments
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CRITIC'S CHOICE: Anna Prohaska programs a moving recital. Salzburg’s Giovanna d’Arco; recitals from Kaufmann, Hvorostovsky, Garanča, Coote and Cabell; Solti paces a 1961 Walküre at Covent Garden. VIDEO: Chéreau’s staging of Elektra at Aix. A swinging Italiana in Algeri at Pesaro; Glass’s Spuren der Verirrten; Hippolyte et Aricie chills out at Glyndebourne; Bregenz presents Merchant of Venice.
In Review
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The Mozart Project offers new ways to engage with a genius; an imposing new biography of Beethoven.
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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O’Hara returns to her classical roots in the Met’s Merry Widow; twenty-five years on, Hong is still a Mimì to remember.
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
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Magda Olivero, verismo’s diva assoluta, dies at 104; early-music maestro Christopher Hogwood; impresario Tibor Rudas; tenor Gene Bullard; conductor Berislav Klobučar.
Dateline
by MARIA MAZZARO
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by BRIAN KELLOW

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Current Issue: December 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 6