Table Of Contents: March 2016

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SONDRA RADVANOVSKY: THE MET'S TRIPLE-CROWN SOPRANO 

Vol. 80, No. 9

• New (& Old) Operatic Royalty
• World premiere of JFK at Fort Worth Opera
• Opera's Five Most Compelling Monarchs
• Hot Ticket: Orphic Moments at National Sawdust
• Composer Carlisle Floyd
• Road Show: Raymond Aceto in Dallas


Features
Operatic Royalty thmb 216Operatic Royalty
SONDRA RADVANOVSKY, who sings Elisabetta I in this month’s Met premiere of Roberto Devereux, has emerged as one of opera’s greatest singing actresses.
by Jennifer Melick. 
Royal Flush thmb 316Royal Flush
We love listening to KINGS AND QUEENS sing about their troubles. Here are five who compel special attention, from Queen Dido of Carthage to Boris Godunov.
by Philip Kennicott. Illustrations by Stuart Patience. 
Night on Earth thmb 316Night on Earth
Next month, Fort Worth Opera gives the world premiere of JFK, David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s exploration of the president’s final hours and the tragedy that continues to haunt us.
by John Rockwell. 
Road Show Aceto thmb 316Road Show: Raymond Aceto in Dallas
The Ohio-born bass talks about his favorite places to visit in Big D.
by Mario R. Mercado. 
An Orphic Happening thmb 316An Orphic Happening
Some of the most creative minds in New York have joined forces for what promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the season. 
by Henry Stewart. 
He and She THMb 316He & She
CARLISLE FLOYD’s new opera, Prince of Players, bowing this month at Houston Grand Opera, takes on the subject of gender politics and theater in Charles II’s England.
by Allan Kozinn. 
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Books History of Opera 316 Books
The second edition of A History of Opera provides breadth, depth and a healthy dose of revisionism.
Il Volo thmb 316Blurred Lines
Online Exclusive
Can the young singing group Il Volo use an eclectic mix of repertoire to inspire a new generation to love music steeped in tradition?
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Marguerite thmb 316Belle Ruin
Xavier Giannoli's new film, Marguerite, manages to turn its laughable Florence Foster Jenkins-inspired title character into the tragic heroine. 
by Henry Stewart. 
Obituaries Boulez thmb 316Obituaries
Pierre Boulez, a polymath with a zeal for reforming the musical culture dies at ninety. 
Viewpoint Bette Davis thmb 316Viewpoint: Opera Queen
by F. Paul Driscoll.
NoteworthyNowthmb316Noteworthy & Now
by Maria Mazzaro.
On the beat Rizzi thmb 316On the Beat
Carlo Rizzi dusts off a verismo rarity at La Scala.
by Brian Kellow. 
Sound Bites Costa Jackson thmb 316Sound Bites: Marina Costa-Jackson
An authentic Italianate sound and temperament to burn are helping to propel the soprano forward.
by Brian Kellow. 
Operapedia Borodina thmb 416Operapedia: The Queen of Spades 
A few things can trump Tchaikovsky’s despairing drama.
by Henry Stewart 
Behind the Scenes thmb 316Behind the Scenes: New Orleans Opera
Tenacious arts advocate JACKIE CLARKSON is a master rebuilder of the city’s cultural landscape.
by Helen Sheehy. 
Style thmb 316Style: Veiled References
How would Salome perform her scintillating Dance of the Seven Veils in Judaea today? We’d wager our heads she’d delight the Tetrarch with this international palette of veils. Let’s call them scarves, shall we?
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Broadcast Elisir thmb 416Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: L’Elisir d’Amore 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Broadcast Don Pasquale thmb 416Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Don Pasquale 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Broadcast Manon Lescaut tmb 416Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Manon Lescaut 
Radio Broadcast and Live in HD Transmission of Saturday, March 5, 2016, 12:55 P.M. (ET) (HD) 1:00 P.M. (ET) (Radio)
Broadcasts Figaro thmb 416Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Le Nozze di Figaro 
Radio Broadcast of Saturday, March 26, 2016, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Backstory Finley thmb 316Backstory: Gerald Finley
The baritone revisits key moments in his career by way of Opera News coverage.
by Fred Cohn. 

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