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Table Of Contents: July 2008

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AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH PUCCINI

Vol. 73, No. 1

Pacing Puccini
Hurricane Cecil:
   Beaton's Met
   Turandot Adventures
Composer Confidential:
   The Puccini-Ricordi
   Letters
The Source: Vintage
   Puccini Recordings

Final Word: Did Opera's Standard Repertory End with
   Turandot?
Lisa Daltirus
Reunion: Elinor Ross
Puccini's Critics


Features
opera news On the Record: "Vissi d'arte"
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From Maria Jeritza and Lina Bruna Rasa to Maria Callas and Leontyne Price, OUSSAMA ZAHR presents an audio survey of some of the remarkable sopranos who have made Tosca's anthem to art and love their own.
opera news American Idol
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The most popular opera composer in the U.S. is Giacomo Puccini - a verdict that surprises most opera fans in Italy, where Giuseppe Verdi is revered as the greatest of the great. FRED PLOTKIN examines this curious cultural divide.
opera news Curtain
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When Puccini died, in 1924, he left his last opera unfinished - and no heir apparent as opera's most popular composer. More than eighty years later, Puccini still has no real successor in the public's affections. Did the posthumous premiere of Turandot mark the end of opera's standard repertory? BARRY SINGER reports.
opera news Cecil and the Ice Princess
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HUGO VICKERS reveals that backstage tensions ran high - really high - at the Met when Cecil Beaton, designer of Broadway's My Fair Lady, was invited to create the sets and costumes for a new Turandot.
opera news Histoire du Soldaten
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Jürgen Flimm, who produced the groundbreaking RuhrTriennale staging of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's masterpiece, Die Soldaten, currently playing at the Lincoln Center Festival, talks to OPERA NEWS about the singular work, his friendship with the late composer, and the value of staging operas outside of the opera house.
opera news Pacing Puccini
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What should determine tempo in Puccini performances? Should the composer's markings be followed with fidelity or flexibility? STEPHEN LORD, one of America's most in-demand Puccini conductors, shares his thoughts.
opera news The Maestro Different
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ADAM WASSERMAN chats with Santa Fe Opera's chief conductor, Edo de Waart, who this month paces performances of the company's new Billy Budd.
opera news Original Art
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Some of the most compelling Puccini recordings available on CD date from more than a century ago. F. PAUL DRISCOLL listens to performances from some of the Met stars who were the composer's contemporaries.
opera news The Paternal Publisher
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One of Puccini's greatest supporters - and one of his severest critics - was his publisher, Giulio Ricordi. NIGEL JAMIESON shares their surprising correspondence.
Departments
opera news Recordings
CRITIC'S CHOICE: Von Otter and Gerhaher offer an unsettling program of music from Terezín. RECORDINGS: Spano conducts a new La Bohème; Curtis leads Tolomeo; Pasatieri's Hotel Casablanca; recitals from Padmore, Goerne, Schäfer, Genz and Orlando Consort; new recordings of Mascagni's Amica and Ries's Die Könige von Israel; music of Elgar and the Second Viennese School. VIDEO: Lehnhoff's Glyndebourne Tristan und Isolde; Schrott smolders in McVicar's Covent Garden Nozze; Pavarotti shines in a 1983 Ernani from the Met; Muti paces Ravenna's 2006 Don Pasquale; Hampson is Zurich's Doktor Faust; Cossotto and Kraus in a historic of La Favorita; Arthaus presents Tippett's King Priam.
opera news In Review
NORTH AMERICA: The Met's spring premieres of Satyagraha and La Fille du Régiment; Our Town at Juilliard; Pittsburgh hears Capuleti; Orlando's Turandot; world premiere of John Brown in Kansas City; La Rondine in Detroit; San Diego Opera produces Cav/Pag; Opera Atelier's Idomeneo; COT's Don Giovanni; Houston welcomes Billy Budd. INTERNATIONAL: Birtwistle conquers London with Minotaur and Punch and Judy; Siegfried at Wiener Staatsoper; Fidelio in Madrid; Zurich Opera's Intermezzo; Berlin hears Braunfels's Jeanne d'Arc; Turn of the Screw in Innsbruck; Schlafes Bruder awakes in Klagenfurt; Turandot returns to Beijing.
Viewpoint: Man of the Year
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Meade, Wilson and others shine at the George London competition; a preview of Bond's Mrs. President; The Adding Machine never hits musical pay dirt.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Lisa Daltirus
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by JAMES C. WHITSON
Reunion: Elinor Ross
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by SCOTT BARNES
Books
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A biography of Victor Herbert; more from Joseph Kerman; ruminations on Parsifal.
Obituaries
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Soprano Frances Yeend dies at ninety-five; soprano Brenda Miller Cooper; arts advocates Jock Lawrence and Polly Lauder Tunney; pianist George Malloy; critic John Cargher.
Dateline: United States
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Dateline: Canada & International
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR
Coda: Not Too Shabby
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by OUSSAMA ZAHR

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