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Table Of Contents: February 2019

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Vol. 83, No. 8

Brenda Rae's Dash of Daring | Trailblazer Camilla Williams | Dramatic Discipline Kyle Ketelsen | George Gagnidze Plays Bad Men | Bass Maurizio Muraro Makes Funny a Fine Art | Sound Bites: Briana Hunter | Operapedia: Gilbert & Sullivan

As Pretty Does thmb 218As Pretty Does
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South African soprano Pretty Yende brings her bel canto magic to the Met this month.
By Louise T. Guinther
Photographs by Dario Acosta
One Tough Guy thmb 219One Tough Guy
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Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen rules Lyric Opera’s Ariodante.
By Joanne Sydney Lessner
Photographed by Pete Thompson 
Trailblazer Thmb 219Trailblazer
Soprano Camilla Williams was the first female African–American soloist at a major U.S. opera company.
By Fred Cohn 
Energy Source thmb 219Energy Source
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Soprano Brenda Rae delivers a dash of daring to all her roles.
By Alexandra Svokos
Photographs by Dario Acosta
Infinite Jest thmb 219Infinite Jest
Italian bass Maurizio Muraro makes funny a fine art. 
By Adam Wasserman 
Theater of the World thmb 219Theater of the World
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Bernard Foccroulle’s singular vision transformed the Aix Festival. The outgoing intendant reflects on his years at Aix.
By Fred Cohn 
Love to Hate thmb 219The Man You Love to Hate
Baritone George Gagnidze thrives on singing opera’s darkest characters.
By Jennifer Melick 
Recordings Campana Sommersa lg 219 Recordings
Respighi's La Campana Sommersa, a late-verismo-era fairy tale, gets a spectacular production in Sardinia; Perla's Shalimar the Clown; Beczała in Das Land des Lächelns; Rattle conducts Wonderful Town; Carsen's Agrippina from Theater an der Wien; Gregg Kallor’s compact, unsettling yet chillingly delightful Tell-Tale Heart; recital discs from Anthony Roth Costanzo's and Jennifer Zetlan.
In Review Chicago Siegfried thmb 219 In Review
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ring; the Met revives Mefistofele and Les Pêcheurs de Perles; ENO stages Britten’s War Requiem; Jonas Kaufmann’s Otello in Munich; Sonya Yoncheva sings Médée in Berlin.
Books Handel in London Cover 219 Books
With an eye for telling detail, Jane Glover chronicles Handel’s five decades in London.
Viewpoint History Lesson thmb 219Viewpoint: History Lesson
By F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy thmb 119Noteworthy & Now
By Eloise Giegerich
Sound Bites Brian Hunter thmb 219Sound Bites: Briana Hunter
A Manhattan School of Music alumna makes music as a mezzo—and as an artistic director.
By F. Paul Driscoll
Operapedia Gilbert Sullivan thmb 219Operapedia: Gilbert & Sullivan
Henry Stewart explores the very models of modern major operetta composers. 
Broadcast Bluebeard thmb 219Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Iolanta & Bluebeard's Castle 
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Radio Broadcast of Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Broadcast Don Giovanni thmb 219Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Don Giovanni 
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Radio Broadcast of Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Broadcast Carmen thmb 219Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Carmen 
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Radio and Live in HD Broadcast of Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
Broadcast Rigoletto thmb 219Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Rigoletto 
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Radio Broadcast of Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 P.M. (ET)
First Look thmb 219 First Look: The Metropolitan Opera Guild Honors Anna Netrebko
The Metropolitan Opera Guild honored Anna Netrebko on October 26, 2018, with sponsorship from The Lloyd E. Rigler–Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

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