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THE 2006 OPERA NEWS AWARDS

Vol. 71, No. 7

   Ben Heppner
   James Levine
   René Pape
   Renata Scotto
   Deborah Voigt
Composer Ricky Ian
   Gordon
Soprano Elizabeth Futral
In Defense of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda


Features
The OPERA NEWS Awards
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OPERA NEWS salutes five of opera's master artists with awards for distinguished achievement. And the honorees are…
BEN HEPPNER by ADAM WASSERMAN
JAMES LEVINE by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
RENÉ PAPE by LOUISE T. GUINTHER
RENATA SCOTTO by BRIAN KELLOW
DEBORAH VOIGT by JANET A. CHOI
The Lonely Hunter
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Can a boy from Long Island find music in the Dust Bowl? BRIAN KELLOW listens to the singular voice of composer Ricky Ian Gordon, whose opera adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck's classic Depression-era novel, opens in February at Minnesota Opera.
A Quiet Girl
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In these marketing-driven times, Elizabeth Futral is a rarity - a glamorous singer who is adamant about staying just this side of the spotlight. BARRY SINGER talks to the soprano, who sings Princess Yueyang in this month's broadcast of Tan Dun's The First Emperor.
I'll Never Stop Saying Maria
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When critics evaluate Donizetti's "Three Queens" trilogy, Maria Stuarda is often treated like a "vil bastarda" itself. As Dallas Opera prepares to open a production of the opera this month, IRA SIFF offers a spirited defense of this bel canto gloss on the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: Honor Roll
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by SO-CHUNG SHINN
On the Beat
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Nowinski's unblinking eye is celebrated in a new book of photos; Eggerth and Armen steal the show at Albanese gala.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Giuseppe Filianoti
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by FRED COHN
Reunion: Rosemary Kuhlmann
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by REBECCA PALLER
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: I Puritani
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Broadcast of January 6, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: The First Emperor
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Broadcast of January 13, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Lucia di Lammermoor
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Broadcast of January 20, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Madama Butterfly
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Broadcast of January 27, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Bohème
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Broadcast of February 3, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
The Best of the Year
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We offer our favorites of the CDs and DVDs we reviewed in 2006.
Obituaries
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Musical satirist Anna Russell dies at ninety-four; baritone József Gregor; playwright and librettist Arnold Sundgaard; Met soprano stalwart Carlotta Ordassy
Dateline: United States
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by JANET A. CHOI
Dateline: Europe & Canada
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Coda: Grammy Groaners
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by RICHARD SPEER

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