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Table Of Contents: February 2008

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LONE VOICE: ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY STARS IN THE MET'S NEW PETER GRIMES

Vol. 72, No. 8

Alan Held
Timeless Beauty: Karita Mattila
   on Manon Lescaut
New Titan: Tenor Johan Botha
Melodies Unheard: "Recovered
   Voices" at L.A. Opera
Listening to a Legend: Toscanini
   Revisited
Sound Bites: Matthew Worth


Features
opera news Sea Change
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In 1998, Anthony Dean Griffey's career was jump-started with a single performance of Peter Grimes at the Met. This month, he returns to the company to take on Grimes again - this time, in a brand-new Met production of Britten's masterpiece, directed by John Doyle. The tenor talks to DAVID SHENGOLD.
opera news A Woman of Her Time
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The luminous Karita Mattila, star of this month's HD transmission of Manon Lescaut from the Met, fields questions about Puccini's archetypal anti-heroine from LOUISE T. GUINTHER.
opera newsSinging Saved His Life
Johan Botha, who sings his first Met Otello in February, believes that if you love music, music will love you back. RICHARD DYER reports.
opera newsRescue Mission
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This month, Los Angeles Opera continues "Recovered Voices" - a multi-season exploration of music by composers suppressed by the Nazis - with a double bill of Alexander Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg and Viktor Ullmann's Der Zerbrochene Krug. BROOKS PETERS visits with the driving force behind the series - conductor James Conlon.
opera news On the Record: Peter Grimes
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JON ALAN CONRAD notes the musical moments of interest in recordings of Britten's magnum opus paced by Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, Reginald Goodall and the composer himself.
opera news Full Exposure
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HEIDI WALESON looks at the singularly compelling artistry of bass-baritone Alan Held, who sails into Washington National Opera next month as Wagner's Dutchman.
opera news Listening to Toscanini
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The maestro whom Geraldine Farrar once compared to an active Vesuvius made his Metropolitan Opera debut with Aida a century ago. GREG SANDOW reflects on how the "Toscanini cult" weighed against the maestro's actual accomplishments.
Departments
opera news Recordings
CRITIC'S CHOICE: Damrau sizzles in a program of bravura arias; Alessandrini conducts L'Orfeo; Pasatieri's Frau Margot on disc; a Spanish program from NYFOS, Hunt Lieberson and Kaiser; Quasthoff and Röschmann sing Bach; Ives songs by Gerald Finley and Julius Drake; Hyperion salutes Emma Kirkby. VIDEO: Deflo directs L'Amour des Trois Oranges in Paris; Levine conducts Kirchner's Bayreuth Götterdämmerung; Scholl sings Caesar in Copenhagen; Konwitschny stages a supersized Don Carlos in Vienna; the Liceu offers Henze's Boulevard Solitude; Kultur releases a 1965 film of the rarely encountered Tsar's Bride; an art-deco Cenerentola from Genoa runs like clockwork; Verdi's Oberto shows the beginnings of genius.
opera news In Review
NORTH AMERICA: A stunning new Frau at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Met presents Graham and Domingo in Wadsworth's new Iphigénie en Tauride, Fleming stars in La Traviata; Vanessa at NYCO; The Rake's Progress opens at San Francisco Opera; Maria Stuarda in Baltimore; Elmer Gantry in Nashville; Minnesota Opera's L'Italiana; The Refuge premieres in Houston. INTERNATIONAL: Pelly stages Elisir at Covent Garden; Aldrich in Montpellier's Cenerentola; ENO's The Turn of the Screw; Far from the Madding Crowd in Wednesbury; Elektra at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Casanova in Baden bei Wien; Vienna hears Die Walküre; Ariodante in Geneva; Il Viaggio a Reims in Tel Aviv.
Viewpoint: Keeping it Lively
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
opera news On the Beat
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Horne celebrates her career with Met Legends evening at Kaye Playhouse; Arroyo's annual party; Clark in her prime; Vanessa raises more questions than it answers; Broadway Originals! features songs' progenitors.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Matthew Worth
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
opera news Photo Gallery: The 2007 OPERA NEWS Awards
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The Third Annual OPERA NEWS Awards, held on January 24, 2008 at the Pierre Hotel in New York, saw a crowd of 400 turn out to fête this year's honorees - Stephanie Blythe, Olga Borodina, Thomas Hampson, Julius Rudel and Leontyne Price.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: L'Assedio di Corinto
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Broadcast of February 9, 2008, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Manon Lescaut
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Broadcast of February 16, 2008, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Carmen
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Broadcast of February 23 2008, 1:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Otello
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Broadcast of March 1, 2008, 1:00 P.M.
Obituaries
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Bass Andrew Foldi; baritones Frank Guarrera and Giuseppe Valdengo; Bayreuth's Gudrun Wagner; conductor Craig Smith; publicist Margaret Carson; manager Herbert Barrett; OPERA NEWS contributor Leslie Rubinstein
Books
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The selected writings of critic/composer Deems Taylor
Dateline: United States
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Dateline: Canada & Europe
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Coda: Innocents Abroad
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by WILLIAM V. MADISON

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