Table Of Contents: November 2015

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THE DIVA ISSUE: THE BRILLIANT WALTRAUD MEIER

Vol. 80, No. 5

• Top Met Diva Debuts: Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Renata Scotto, And More!
• The Callas Impact
• Martina Arroyo Pays it Forward
• Sound Bites: Jessica Pratt
• 21st-Century Lulu: Marlis Petersen
• Operapedia: Rinaldo
Behind the Scenes: Houston Grand Opera
• Leyla Gencer as Anna Bolena


Features
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WALTRAUD MEIER brings dramatic commitment, astonishing musicality and fierce passion to all of her roles. This season she returns to the Met as Klytämnestra in Patrice Chéreau’s staging of Elektra. By William R. Braun 
The First Time thmb 1115The First Time
When a genuine diva arrives on the scene, it’s a memorable occasion. Several distinguished opera fans and industry professionals remember their favorite DIVA DEBUTS at the Metropolitan Opera. By David Shengold. Illustrations by Gary Hovland 
Diva Standard Callas thmb 1115The Diva Standard. Still.
She was the most influential singer of the twentieth century, and her influence is still felt today. MARIA CALLAS changed the way we listen to opera—and charged the ambition of the singers who followed her. By Peter G. Davis 
21st Century Lulu thmb 111521st-Century Lulu
MARLIS PETERSEN, who sings Lulu at the Met this month, is the go-to soprano for Berg’s heroine. By Henry Stewart 
Prelude to a Dream thmb 1115Prelude to a Dream
MARTINA ARROYO offers emerging singers a unique training program with her foundation’s Prelude to Performance. By Brian Kellow 
Departments
Recordings Van Dam Autograph lg 1115 Recordings
In Review Berlin Meistersinger thmb 1115 In Review

NORTH AMERICA: Santa Fe Opera offers the world premiere of Higdon’s Cold Mountain, plus new stagings of Salome, La Finta Giardiniera, La Fille du Régiment and Rigoletto; Seattle Opera presents Nabucco and the world premiere of An American Dream. INTERNATIONAL: Festival reports from Salzburg and Pesaro.

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Derek Mannering’s reissued biography of Mario Lanza further mythologizes the tragic tenor and his legacy.
Take Care of this House thmb 1115Take Care of This House
Alison Fraser and Rachel Bay Jones shine in a show about troubled Presidential mothers and daughters. by Brian Kellow 
Coda Queen Leyla thmb 1115Coda: Queen Leyla
By Philip Kennicott
Viewpoint Gaga thmb 1115Viewpoint: The Lady Is a Diva
by F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy Now thmb 1115Noteworthy & Now
by Maria Mazzaro
On the beat Blegen thmb 1115On the Beat: Silver Light
Judith Blegen, a big star in the ’70s, deserves to be better remembered. By Brian Kellow 
Sound Bites Pratt thmb 1115Sound Bites: Jessica Pratt
The Australia-raised soprano sings the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide at Washington Concert Opera this month. By Maria Mazzaro 
Operapedia Rinaldo Horne thmb 1115Operapedia: Rinaldo 
Henry Stewart fights for Handel’s Crusades epic.
Behind the Scenes Houston Grand Opera thmb 1115Behind the Scenes: Houston Grand Opera
How archivist BRIAN MITCHELL joined the action onstage. By William V. Madison 
Style Musetta's Waltz thmb 1115Style: Musetta’s Waltz
By Maria Mazzaro
Obituaries Lehnhoff thmb 1115Obituaries
Stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff dies at seventy-six.
Broadcast Lulu thmb 1115Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Transmission: Lulu 
Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, November 21, 2015, 12:30 P.M. (ET)

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