Table Of Contents: September 2016

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NINA STEMME: THE DAZZLING SOPRANO OPENS THE MET SEASON IN A NEW TRISTAN UND ISOLDE 

Vol. 81, No. 3

• Building an Opera Boom in China
Dream of the Red Chamber at SFO
• The Year in Opera
• Inside the Glorious Park Avenue Armory
• The Hottest Tickets of the Season
• Wagnerian Tenor Stuart Skelton
• Sound Bites: Hyesang Park


Features
Hot Tickets thmb 916Hot Tickets: Blast Off to the New Season
Star power lights up the North American opera scene in 2016–17. Here are our choices for must-see opera events this season.
Illustration by Ben Kirchner. 
Dauntless thmb 916Dauntless
The Met’s new Isolde this month is NINA STEMME, who thrives on the challenges of opera’s toughest roles.
by William R. Braun. 
Photographs by Dario Acosta 
Mighty Fortress thmb 916A Mighty Fortress
The PARK AVENUE ARMORY has become one of New York City’s most exciting arts venues.
by Matthew Sigman. 
Opera Boom thmb 916Opera Boom
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Since 1998, CHINA has seen more than fifty performing-arts venues completed. Where is the audience coming from?
by Ken Smith. 
Taming an Epic thmb 916Taming an Epic
Bright Sheng's DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER arrives at San Francisco Opera.
by Georgia Rowe. 
Dark Knight thmb 916The Dark Knight
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Australian tenor STUART SKELTON sings Wagner’s Tristan on opening night of the Met season.
by George Hall.
Year in Opera thm 916The Year in Opera
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A calendar of what’s on for 2016–17 in the world’s opera houses.
by Maria Mazzaro. 
Departments
Recordings Pecheurs cover 916 Recordings
A pretty and bewitching production of Bizet’s oft-overlooked romance, Les Pêcheurs de Perles; Mendelssohn's Elias; Dellaira's The Death of Webern, Jonas Kaufmann's An Evening with Puccini and Les Arts Florissants's Bien Que L’Amour. 
In Review THMB 916 In Review
Festival report from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; world premieres in Cincinnati and Los Angeles.
Book Queen of the Night Cover 916 Books
Christian Thielemann's life with Wagner; Alexander Chee's new novel, Queen of the Night; a cultural history of Rossini’s operas in the context of post-Napoleonic Europe; essential advice on the business and craft of singing from twenty-one of today’s great voices.
Nina Stemme: Our Top 5 Clips
OPERA NEWS editors pick their favorite Nina Stemme clips from YouTube.
Viewpoint Cunningham thmb 916Viewpoint: Fresh Perspective
by F. Paul Driscoll.
Noteworthy Costello Thmb 916Noteworthy & Now
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by Maria Mazzaro.
Sound Bites Hyesang Park thmb 916Sound Bites: Hyesang Park
A rising star from SOUTH KOREA makes her Met debut this season.
by F. Paul Driscoll. 
Operapedia Tristan und isolde 916 Operapedia: Tristan und Isolde 
Henry Stewart resolves Wagner’s transfixing tragedy.
Behind the Scenes Boston Lyric Opera Julia Noulin Merat thmb 916Behind the Scenes: Boston Lyric Opera
Set designer Julia Noulin-Mérat loves working in Boston.
by Keith Powers. 
Obituaries Remedios thmb 916Obituaries
Edoardo Müller, an elegant bel canto interpreter, dies at age 78; Alberto Remedios, Sadlers Wells's heldentenor; designers Desmond Heeley and Robert O'Hearn.
Coda Backstory Jonas Kaufmann thmb 916Backstory: Jonas Kaufmann
by Fred Cohn.

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