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THE HIGH-FLYING CHARMS OF DIANA DAMRAU

Vol. 71, No. 9

Spellbinder: Ägyptische Helena
   Returns to the Met
The Independent Style of David
   Fielding
Knoxville Summer of 1915 at Sixty
Barry Banks, Set to Soar at NYCO
Reunion: Irene Dalis
Soprano Emily Pulley


Features
Coloratura in Command
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In just two seasons, the exuberant style and brilliant singing of Diana Damrau have made her one of the Metropolitan Opera's brightest stars. This month, she sings the enchantress Aithra in the company's new staging of Richard Strauss's Die Ägyptische Helena. JOHN MORRONE reports.
Unboxing Helena
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Die Ägyptische Helena has long been considered one of Richard Strauss's most difficult operas to love. Is its reputation deserved? JOHN SIMON revisits this rarely-heard work, which returns to the Met this month in a new production starring Deborah Voigt.
Secret Love
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Thomas Quasthoff has always been a singular talent, but with his remarkable new album of jazz standards he sets a high benchmark for classical voices daring to venture into unfamiliar territory. ADAM WASSERMAN spoke with the bass-baritone on the eve of the album's release.
Unconventional Means
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For director David Fielding, startling audiences is a commonplace occurrence. Now he brings his fertile imagination to a connoisseur's opera - Strauss's Die Ägyptische Helena, which comes to the Met this season. By MATT WOLF.
Clear Path
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LOUISE T. GUINTHER talks to tenor Barry Banks, the elegant English star of New York City Opera's new staging of Rossini's La Donna del Lago.
Word Music
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This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. MARJORIE SANDOR reveals her profound personal connection to the piece - and to the James Agee prose poem that inspired it.
The Americanization of Emily
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BRIAN KELLOW sings the praises of soprano Emily Pulley, whose impressive work in American opera continues this month with Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair at Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Podcast: Thomas Hampson
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Hear the American baritone talk about why he loves the tempestuous role of Mandryka in Strauss' Arabella; the challenges of portraying Simon Boccanegra's title character; and how his ongoing "Song of America" recital tour is an American-history lesson in disguise.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: Modern Drama
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Te Kanawa to be honored at Guild luncheon; Grove reprises the role of a mussel - yes, a mussel; MOT's general director DiChiera returns to his first love - composing.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Laura Vlasak Nolen
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by BRIAN KELLOW
Reunion: Irene Dalis
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by ERIC MYERS
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Broadcast of March 10, 2007, 12 Noon
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Faust
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Broadcast of March 17, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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Broadcast of March 24, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Die Ägyptische Helena
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Broadcast of March 31, 2007, 1:30 P.M.
Obituaries
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Martha Lipton, distinguished mezzo and teacher, dies at ninety-three; longtime OPERA NEWS contributor Stephanie von Buchau; bass Richard Vernon; veteran character tenor David Thaw.
Dateline: United States
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Dateline: Canada & Europe
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Coda: An Aria Returns
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by MATTHEW GUREWITSCH
Books
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Pollack dissects George Gershwin; the importance of the prima donna.

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