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Table Of Contents: May 2010



Vol. 74, No. 11

• Landmark Attraction: The Renewal of the Sydney Opera House
• Dresden's Semper Opera: The Past, Present and Future of a Saxon Jewel
• Cultural Fusion: The Sights and Sounds of Hanoi
• The Rebirth of Opera in Cape Town
• Music on the Nile: The Cairo Opera House

Heppner in Moby-DickSea Pictures
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TRISTAN KRAFT interviews Jake Heggie, whose operatic adaptation of Herman Melville's masterwork, Moby-Dick, receives its world-premiere performances this month at Dallas Opera.
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As the Sydney Opera House looks forward to some much-needed  renovations, RAUL BARRENECHE revisits some of the controversy that accompanied the design and construction of Australia’s most famous landmark
thumb-a-house-dividedA House Divided
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BRYAN GILLIAM traces the tumultuous, often tragic history of Dresden’s Semper Opera, which once again seems ready to assert its international presence.  
thumb-face-to-faceFace to Face
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DAVID HSIEH talks with two artists who emigrated from China to seek a career in opera — bass Hao Jiang Tian and bass-baritone Shenyang.
thumb-reclaiming-identityReclaiming Identity
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JENNIFER MELICK discovers that the elegant old Hanoi Opera House, a symbol of French cultural domination, has little in common with the teeming, fast-paced city that surrounds it.
thumb-the-nile-sceneThe Nile Scene
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What’s the sound of music like in the largest city in Africa?  NANA ASFOUR visits Cairo, where the city’s opera-house complex  has ambitions to be the Lincoln Center of Egypt.
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JOHN ALLISON remembers operagoing in his native Cape Town during the bleak days of apartheid and traces the art form's rebirth there in recent years.
ligeti5110-thumbThe Mad Show
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As the New York Philharmonic prepares to unveil a semi-staged version of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, WILLIAM R. BRAUN looks at this tough, exasperating and frequently hilarious work.
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table-of-content-thumb In Review
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Critical studies of Britten and Handel

codalangridge5110-thumbCoda: Philip Langridge
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Hawkhurst, England, December 16, 1939 — Guildford, England, March 5, 2010
Viewpoint: Traveling Music
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onbeatschwartz5110-thumbOn the Beat
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Séance on a Wet Afternoon makes New York City Opera's 2010–11 lineup; the final hours of Anaïs Nin, set to music; Tesori hosts and conducts her own songbook.
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Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Traviata
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Broadcast of April 17, 1:00 P.M. 
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Tosca
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Broadcast of April 24, 1:00 P.M. 
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Armida
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Broadcast of May 1, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Lulu
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Broadcast of May 8, 1:00 P.M. 
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The great Russian mezzo Irina Arkhipova dies at eighty-five; patter comedian John Reed; critic Patrick O’Connor; movie soprano Kathryn Grayson 
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