Table Of Contents: June 2015

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BRYAN HYMEL: FLYING HIGH THIS SUMMER IN SANTA FE & SAN FRANCISCO

Vol. 79, No. 12

• Exclusive Interview: Composer Jennifer Higdon
• Operapedia Unveils Salome
• We Take You to the Best Summer Music Festivals in the U.S.
Cold Mountain at Santa Fe Opera
• Morning Star in Cincinnati
Two Women at San Francisco Opera
• An Intriguing Dialogues des Carmélites at Caramoor
• Sound Bites: Ben Bliss


Features
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Dialogues Coach Will Crutchfield thmb 515Dialogues Coach
Francis Poulenc’s twentieth-century take on French Revolution tyranny is a far cry from Caramoor’s bel canto bailiwick, but Will Crutchfield is adding it to the festival’s repertory. ALAN KOZINN finds out why.
Tales of Hoffman thmb 515Tales of Hoffman
MARTIN CASELLA sits down with playwright/librettist William M. Hoffman to discuss his latest project, Morning Star, the first world premiere for Cincinnati Opera in more than half a century.
High Stakes Hymel thmb 515High Stakes
BRIAN KELLOW catches up with New Orleans-born tenor Bryan Hymel, who is making a splash by scaling the heroic heights of the French lyric repertoire. 
The Nonconformist thmb 615The Nonconformist
The great Italian novelist Alberto Moravia depicted life in all its gritty reality. GAITHER STEWART traces the progress of Moravia’s La Ciociara from the page to the opera stage, where it bows in San Francisco this month.     
Mountain Time Higdon thmb 615Mountain Time
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon gives PHILIP KENNICOTT the scoop on her first opera, Cold Mountain, set for its world premiere in Santa Fe.
Voices of Summer Alex Penda thmb 615Summer Holiday
MARIA MAZZARO and HENRY STEWART share the most enticing vocal offerings among the U.S. summer festivals this year.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books Ian Bostridge Anatomy of an Obsession lg 615 Books
Tenor Ian Bostridge anatomizes Schubert’s Winterreise.
Dateline
Online Exclusive
by MARIA MAZZARO
Viewpoint Beauty of TWo Women Sofia Loren thmb 615Viewpoint: The Beauty of Two Women
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Operapedia thmb 515Operapedia: Salome 

HENRY STEWART sorts out Strauss’s titillating shocker, so you won’t lose your head trying to do the same.

OperaWatch Bullock thmb 615OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat DeShong thmb 615On the Beat
Bird Song in Philadelphia, with Brownlee; DeShong makes her Aix-en-Provence debut as Brittens’s Hermia; bored under a wandrin’ star at Encores!’s Paint Your Wagon.  by BRIAN KELLOW.
Sound Bites Ben Bliss thmb 615Sound Bites: Ben Bliss
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat Radner thmb 615Obituaries
Nonpareil music critic Andrew Porter dies at eighty-six; contralto Maria Radner and bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak.
Coda Performance I Cant Forget Midgette sm 615Coda: The Performance I Can't Forget
by ANNE MIDGETTE

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