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Table Of Contents: June 2010

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Vol. 74, No. 12

• Out of the Past: A New Era for Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA
• Opera Meets Opry: Growing Up in Nashville
• Heavenly Voices: Singing in Southern Churches
• Music Appreciation: The Peerless Eudora Welty
• Summer Landscape: A Guide to the Best U.S. Music Festivals
• Sound Bites: Anthony Roth Costanzo
• Mezzo Joyce Castle
• Atlanta Opera
• Keith Jameson  

Mizrahi ToC THmb 6110Waltz Time
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As he prepares to make his directorial debut with A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Brooklyn-born designer Isaac Mizrahi chats with OUSSAMA ZAHR about bringing an exacting eye to the musical stage and his vision for Sondheim's waltz-music masterpiece. 
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ADAM WASSERMAN interviews Jorge Martín, whose opera based on Reinaldo Arenas's celebrated autobiography, Before Night Falls, receives its world-premiere this month at Forth Worth Opera.
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Greer Grimsley has skirted the fast track, carving out an honorable career path on his own terms. Today, his imaginative acting and elegant musicianship have made him a favorite at U.S. regional companies and around the world. F. PAUL DRISCOLL chats with the New Orleans-born bass-baritone about his ever-evolving artistry. 
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TIM PAGE peers through the prettified exterior of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival for a glimpse at its turbulent past. 
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MARK THOMAS KETTERSON grew up opera-deprived in country-music-dominated Nashville. Now he returns to his roots to find the lyric art holding its own in his hometown. 
Leontyne ThumbnailIf I Could Sing Like a Daughter of God
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ROSALYN M. STORY traces the emergence of black classical singers to their musical origins in the church choirs of the South.
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BRIAN KELLOW looks at the place of music in the fiction of one of the South's immortal writers, Eudora Welty. 
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WILLIAM V. MADISON examines the art and craft of mezzo Joyce Castle, who is celebrating her fortieth year in opera. 
Lobby THMBSong of the South
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Atlanta has grown into an economic powerhouse. Will its operatic ambitions ever catch up? IAN KEOWN investigates. 
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Critic's Choice: Opera Rara releases David Parry's intoxicating take on Offenbach's Vert-Vert.
Records: Martin's passionate oratorio Golgotha gets a new recording; Sullivan's Scott-derived Ivanhoe; a new recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugend; Ricciarelli, Vargas and Alaimo star in a 1990 live recording of Bellini's Zaira; Fabrizio Maria Carminati conducts Donizetti's I Pazzi per Progetto; Panzarella sings Terradellas's Artaserse; a Harnoncourt Bach retrospective; Netrebko and Barenboim in a live recital from Salzburg; Decca presents Kaufmann in opera and in song; Rossinians Larmore, Delunsch and Brownlee head the cast in Opera Rara's latest volume of Italian salon music.
Video: La Fura dels Baus puts its stamp on the Ring in Valencia; Met Sonnambula stars Dessay and Flórez; Cavalli's Ercole Amante from Nederlandse Opera; 1950s Glyndebourne captured on film; two new stagings of Gluck's Orphée on the Bel Air label; Cinzia Forte and Saimir Pirgu star in a Traviata from Liège.


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North America: The Met offers Szot's debut in the company's first Nose and a "shrewd" revival of Hamlet; New York City Opera revives L'Étoile; Boston Lyric Opera's Ariadne; Antony and Cleopatra in Philadelphia; the Kirov at the Kennedy Center; Porgy at WNO; Pittsburgh and Charlotte hear Carmen; Florentine Opera welcomes Elmer Gantry; Le Nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Holländer docks in New Orleans; Long Beach Opera offers Nixon in China; Opera Boston unveils Madame White Snake; an exhilarating Falstaff in Seattle.
International: The first installment of Paris Opera's new Ring; Mattila stars in the world premiere of Saariaho's Emilie; Racette sings Kát'a at ENO; Orlando at Berlin's Komische Oper; Covent Garden presents Tamerlano; Grétry's L'Amant Jaloux at the Opéra Comique; Ravel and Bernstein in Nancy; Street Scene in Toulon; a triple bill of monologues in Toulouse; Rameau's Platée in Strasbourg.
Concerts and Recitals: Rossini's Stabat Mater from the BSO; Manhattan recitals from Keenlyside, Barton, Finley, and Upshaw and Ax; Gergiev leads the Kirov in Berlioz at Carnegie Hall; Boston Baroque brings Monteverdi to Manhattan; Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra collaborate on a starry Grapes of Wrath.

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A brilliant Bridgetower biography in verse; Living Opera offers a series of Q&As with opera greats. 

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The Slatkin–Met Traviata uproar is just the kind of thing the opera world loves. But is the conductor’s alleged lack of preparation the biggest scandal? A look at Cincinnati Opera’s ninetieth-anniversary gala.
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Singer's Diary THMBSinger's Diary: Keith Jameson 
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Summer Holiday Homepage THMB 6110Summer Holiday 
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ADAM WASSERMAN and TRISTAN?KRAFT spotlight the American festival offerings
sure to sate your music-motivated wanderlust. 
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Met mezzo Blanche Thebom; Bayreuth scion Wolfgang Wagner dies at ninety. 
Coda THMBCoda: Make 'Em Laugh
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