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Brewer, set to take the veil in Chicago
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1. On New Year's Eve, Broadway star DANNY BURSTEIN will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the non-singing role of Frosch in the gala opening of Die Fledermaus. The new production of Johann Strauss II's operetta, conducted by Adam Fischer and directed by Jeremy Sams, features new English-language lyrics by Sams and dialogue by Douglas Carter Beane. Burstein has earned Tony nominations for his performances in Golden Boy (2012), Follies (2011), South Pacific (2008) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2006). Burstein's film and television credits include Lolly Steinman on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

2. LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO has announced that CHRISTINE BREWER will sing the Mother Abbess in Marc Bruni's production of The Sound of Music in May 2014. Other casting for the Lyric premiere of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical includes ELIZABETH FUTRAL as Baroness Elsa Schraeder.

3. SANDRA PIQUES EDDY, Fiona in this month's Met premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, begins 2014 at Nashville Opera, where she will be Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in January and February. Eddy travels to Denver in May, when she will sing the title role in Opera Colorado's Carmen. July 2014 will find the mezzo at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan for Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte.

4. This month, Tenor NICHOLAS PHAN and pianist Myra Huang offer a program of Britten and Schubert songs in recitals in Chicago (Oct. 18), Kalamazoo (Oct. 19) and Istanbul, Turkey (Oct. 23). The tenor closes out October in Toronto, where he sings Carmina Burana and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Toronto Symphony.

On October 26, Florida Grand Opera will host a black-tie celebration honoring the lifetime achievements of soprano Deborah Voigt. Entitled "Smoke & Mirrors," the gala takes place in Miami's historic Alfred I. DuPont Building. FGO's mainstage season begins on November 7, with the company premiere of Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra.

5. In celebration of this month's centenary of the great Italian baritone TITO GOBBI (1913–84), Lyric Opera of Chicago will dedicate its season-opening Otello performances to his memory. Commemorative radio broadcasts are planned by WFMT in Chicago and by Radio France and RAI in Europe. Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi,a non-profit organization that operates mainly in the areas of education and audience development, plans to issue a number of DVDs, including the documentary Tito Gobbi's Tuscan Summer and a live 1966 performance of Otello from Venice with Gobbi and Pier Miranda Ferraro. For more information, contact

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Klingshim and Scorca at ACMHF award ceremony
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6.  On June 28, OPERA America was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (ACMHF) at a private event hosted by Cincinnati Opera. David Klingshim, founder of the ACMHF, presented the award to OPERA America President/CEO MARC A. SCORCA spacer   

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