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THE EIGHTH ANNUAL DIVA ISSUE

Vol. 74, No. 4

Patricia Racette Stars in Il Trittico at San Francisco Opera and the Met
Shooting Star: The Anna Moffo Story
Why Do Sopranos Love to Sing Strauss?
Return Journey: Soprano Marquita Lister
Reunion: Denise Duval
Julianna Di Giacomo
Divas Answer: What's the Worst Role You've Ever Been Offered?
The Acid Wit of Prima Donna Frances Alda
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Features
opera news Nouveau Niche
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Patricia Racette, who will sing all three heroines in the Met's revival of Il Trittico next month, talks to SCOTT BARNES about the choices that have established her as one of opera's most exciting - and most independent - sopranos.
Heroine Addiction
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Nobody loves the music of Richard Strauss more than the sopranos who sing it. JAMES C. WHITSON chats with Strauss divas Susan Bullock, Angela Denoke and Anne Schwanewilms about what makes the composer's music work its magic.
opera news On the Record: Karita Mattila
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OUSSAMA ZAHR surveys the highlights from the discography of incomparable soprano Karita Mattila.
opera news The Girl Who Had Everything
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Anna Moffo's beauty, brains and charisma made her one of the brightest stars of her generation, with television, film and recording successes in addition to her opera-house triumphs. Her performing career ended all too soon, but she remained a star to the end of her life. IRA SIFF reports.
opera news Coming Home
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When illness stalled Marquita Lister's career - and threatened her life - she refused to be defeated. The soprano reveals the story of her long road back to vocal health to SUSAN DORMADY EISENBERG.
An Uncivil Tongue
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She was a leading light at the Met for twenty-two seasons, but she's best remembered today for her way with words - no wonder, considering that her memoir is titled Men, Women and Tenors. DAVID SHENGOLD discovers that the recorded legacy of Frances Alda makes for some surprisingly pleasant listening.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: Farewell to a Legend
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Rediscovering true divadom on DVD; Brown in the premiere of Danielpour's A Woman's Life this month in Pittsburgh; pop and jazz legends Marilyn Maye and Annie Ross this month at NYC's Metropolitan Room; Klea Blackhurst pays tribute to Ethel Merman.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Julianna Di Giacomo
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Reunion: Denise Duval
by STEPHEN J. MUDGE
Sight and Sound: Retail Therapy
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Stop lamenting the demise of your local record depot; a great sounding library of opera recordings is just a mouse-click away.
by Adam Wasserman
Books
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A Saariaho study; Beaumarchais in Seville; a memoir by Zubin Mehta; John Potter listens to tenor voices.
Obituaries
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Conductor Edward Downes dies at eighty-five; singers Lois Hunt and William Diard; critics Michael Steinberg and Robert Hilferty; arts advocate George Weissman.
Dateline
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by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda: Indecent Proposals
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by LOUISE T. GUINTHER

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