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Table Of Contents: July 2015

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JAKE HEGGIE: U.S. OPERA'S MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPOSER IS READY FOR GREAT SCOTT AT DALLAS OPERA

Vol. 80, No. 1

• Travel Issue: 5 Must-See Opera Destinations
• Exclusive Interview: Russian Baritone Alexey Lavrov
• Luxury Cruising with Christine Brewer
• A Year Abroad: Young American Singers in Germany
• Stephen Costello's Philadelphia
• A Voyage to the Hebrides
• Out Late with Ramsey Lewis
• When the Met Brought Its Stars to Japan
• Operapedia: Norma 


Features
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Road Show Stephen Costello thmb 615Road Show: Stephen Costello in Philadelphia
The tenor, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, gives ERIC MYERS an insider look at his hometown’s cultural and culinary highlights.
Out late Ramsey Lewis thmb 615Out Late with Ramsey Lewis
Jazz great Ramsey Lewis goes out on the town post-show with F. PAUL DRISCOLL.
SingFest Mintzer thmb 615Singfest 
Starting out in a foreign country is daunting for a young singer. Six American artists under contract in Europe tell PATRICK DILLON about their experiences.
Cruise Control Brewer in Hat thmb 615Cruise Control
What’s it like to be the star attraction on an opera-themed cruise? SCOTT BARNES gets the lowdown from soprano Christine Brewer.
Composing a Life thmb 615Composing a Life
Jake Heggie has overcome some dark days to ascend to the top of his profession. MATTHEW SIGMAN sits down with the composer for a preview of Great Scott, opening in Dallas in October.
Listening to the Hebrides Duart Castle thmb 3 615Listening to the Hebrides: A Journey to the Isle of Staffa
MARJORIE SANDOR follows in the footsteps of Felix Mendelssohn, finding inspiration and awe in the ancient isles off the Scottish coast.
Pacific Overtures thmb 715Pacific Overtures
FRED COHN traces the Met’s first Japanese tour from its bold inception to its triumphant conclusion.
Sense of Place St. Sulpice thmb 715Sense of Place
Many operas are inextricably linked with their settings. FRED PLOTKIN muses on the European locales that bring music to his ears.
Departments
BoccanegraCD Recordings
RECORDINGS: Hvorostovsky headlines Simon Boccanegra. A star turn for Jaroussky in Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe; Gruberová takes on La Straniera; a new Pirates from Lamplighters; Sabadus sings Mozart’s arias for castrato. VIDEO: Harteros sings Strauss and Rihm with Dresden’s Staatskapelle. Halle’s Handel Festival Collection comprises three complete works, AdmetoTamerlano and Teseo, plus a documentary on the composer; Die Lustige Witwe from the lake stage in Mörbisch; Pountney stages Purcell at ENO; Herheim directs a wayward French-language Vêpres Siciliennes at Covent Garden.
In Review Alvarez thmb 715 In Review
NORTH AMERICA: The Met’s new Cav/Pag is half a triumph; Levine leads a Mozartean Rake’s Progress; a Lower East Side Orlando; Chicago’s pitch-perfect Carousel; Dog Days in Fort Worth; La Fura dels Baus stages Walküre for HGO. INTERNATIONAL: Szymanowski’s Król Roger makes its Covent Garden debut; La Scala premiere of Berio’s Turandot completion; Macbeth at the Champs-Élysées; Strasbourg offers a new Ariane et Barbe-Bleu.
Books Reynold Levy Lincoln Center 715 Books
Reynold Levy pens a swaggering chronicle-cum-business manual of his time as president of Lincoln Center.
Operapedia Callas Thmb 715Operapedia: Norma 
HENRY STEWART burns through the backstory of Bellini’s beloved tragedy.
ON Awards thmb 515 The Opera News Awards
Sunday, April 19, 2015 | Grand Ballroom, The Plaza, New York
Photography: Dario Acosta
Dateline
by MARIA MAZZARO
Viewpoint The Changing Scene Martin thmb 615Viewpoint: The Changing Scene
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
OpWatch Goelder thmb 715OperaWatch
by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat Abbassi thmb 715On the Beat
For an Egyptian conductor, forging an international opera career proves a fearsome challenge; the Gerda Lissner Foundation awards $238,000 in singing prizes.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites Alexey Lavrov thmb 615Sound Bites: Alexey Lavrov
by BRIAN KELLOW
Coda House Hunting thmb 615Coda: House Hunting
Not all theaters are as instantly familiar as Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House. How many of these other venues can you identify?

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