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Table Of Contents: December 2017

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Vol. 12, No. 6

Has Opera Become Scared of Politics? | Exclusive Interview: Casting Director Ilias Tzempetonidis | Harp Virtuoso Emmanuel Ceysson | HGO's House Without a Christmas Tree | The Best Opera I've Never Seen | Sound Bites: Christian Zaremba | Baron Vitellio Scarpia's Indecent Proposals

Radical Reconnection thmb 1217Radical Reconnection
David McVicar, who stages the Met’s new Tosca, is an unconventionally—and unapologetically—traditional director.
By Richard Fairman
Photographs by Uli Weber 
Best Opera I've Never Seen thmb 1217The Best Opera I’ve Never Seen
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Ten opera professionals divulge the operas that they have managed to miss.
By David Shengold 
Climate Change thmb 1217Climate Change
How do new operas reflect the shifting political and economic landscape in the U.S.?
By Philip Kennicott
Illustration by Robert Neubecker
Harp Throb thmb 1217Harp Throb
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Met principal harpist Emmanuel Ceysson loves his job.
By F. Paul Driscoll
Photographs by Dario Acosta
Indecent Proposals thmb 1217Indecent Proposals
The dastardly Baron Vitellio Scarpia is one of opera’s best bad guys. 
By David J. Baker 
Christmas Story thmb 1217A Christmas Story
Houston Grand Opera presents the premiere of a new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon.
by Joshua Rosenblum 
Casting Call Tzempetonidis thmb 1217Casting Call
Casting director Ilias Tzempetonidis chooses the singers at the Paris Opera. 
By Stephen J. Mudge 
Out Late Thmb 1217Out Late: Rosalind Elias at the Movies
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A legendary mezzo-soprano takes in Marlene Dietrich in Dishonored at Metrograph in Manhattan.
By F. Paul Driscoll 
In Review
Sound Bites thmb 1217Sound Bites: Christian Zaremba
A bass from New Jersey sings Angelotti in the Met’s new Tosca.
By F. Paul Driscoll
Viewpoint Awards thmb 1217Viewpoint: Season of Celebration
By F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy thmb 1217Noteworthy & Now     
by Eloise Giegerich
operapedia parsifal thmb 1217Operapedia: Parsifal 
Henry Stewart bleeds for Wagner’s mythopoeic swan song.
Obituaries Anne Jeffreys thmb 1217Obituaries
Soignée, witty actress and lyric soprano, Anne Jeffreys; playwright and opera critic Albert Innaurato; poet, theater critic, blogger and travel writer Charlene Baldridge.
Liner Notes Terry Gross thmb 1217Liner Notes: Terry Gross
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By Louise T. Guinther

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