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Table Of Contents: November 2017

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Vol. 82, No. 5

The Diva Issue 2017 • Daring Soprano Kiera Duffy • Albina Shagimuratova at Houston Grand Opera • The Dramatic Grandeur of Astrid Varnay • Ermonela Jaho Returns to the Met • Sound Bites: Samantha Hankey • Operapedia: Madama Butterfly 

The Joy of Singing thmb 11117The Joy of Singing
All-American dramatic soprano Christine Goerke conquers Wagner in Chicago and Strauss at the Met this season.
By F. Paul Driscoll
Photographs by Dario Acosta 
Dramatic Grandeur THMB 1117Dramatic Grandeur
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Astrid Varnay, Wagnerienne extraordinaire, brought matchless intensity to her living, breathing portrayals.
By David J. Baker 
Role Play thmb 1117Role Play
Rising soprano Kiera Duffy looks at life through the prism of art.
By Louise T. Guinther
Photographs by Dario Acosta
Matters of Style THMB 1117Matters of Style
Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova dazzles audiences with her blazing technique.
by David Shengold 
Londons Bridge thmb 1117London's Bridge
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Through the George London Foundation, the great bass-baritone’s wife, Nora, keeps his legacy alive.
By Jennifer Melick
Photograph by Sasha Maslov
Quality Time thmb 1117Quality Time
Ermonela Jaho, one of Europe’s most admired sopranos, returns to the Met this season as Cio-Cio-San.
by George Hall 
Recordings Boheme Critics Choice Cover 1117 Recordings

A wonderful Bohème from Sweden; George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill and Dream of the Song; the first recording of Ned Rorem's adaptation of Our Town; a new Faust DVD features Beczala in the title role; a 1986 radio broadcast of Krása's Brundibár; recital discs from Layla Claire and Véronique Gens.


In Review
Books Ring of Truth lg 1117 Books
A musico-philosophic look at Wagner’s tetralogy attempts to burnish the masterwork to a fine shine.
Viewpoint thmb 1117Viewpoint: Support System
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By F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy thmb 1117Noteworthy & Now
by Eloise Giegerich
Sound Bites Samantha Hankey thmb 1117Sound Bites: Samantha Hankey
The Massachusetts native sings Rossini’s Rosina this month in Oslo.
by F. Paul Driscoll
Operapedia Puccini Madama Butterfly thmb 1217Operapedia: Madama Butterfly 
Henry Stewart pins down what’s so great about Puccini’s heartbreaking tragedy.
Broadcast Exterminating Angel thmb 1217Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Transmission: The Exterminating Angel 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:55 P.M. (ET)
Obituaries Brenda Lewis thmb 1117Obituaries
Distinguished singing actress Brenda Lewis, who created roles in two iconic American operas; director Peter Hall; basso buffo nonpareil Enzo Dara; director Lee Blakeley; veteran voice teacher and vocal coach Claudia Pinza Bozzolla; arts manager Bruce Zemsky; former Paris Opera President Pierre Bergé.
Behind the Scenes THMB 1217Behind the Scenes: Arizona Opera
Joshua Borths, founder of the Arizona Opera Book Club, is on a mission to “de-silo” opera.
by Joanne Sydney Lessner 

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