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Table Of Contents: September 2018

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ROBERTO ALAGNA SHOWS HIS STRENGTH IN THE MET'S NEW PRODUCTION OF SAMSON ET DALILA 

Vol. 83, No. 3

The Year in Opera | Houston Grand Opera: After the Deluge | When Opera Gets Religion | Baritone Matthias Goerne | Mezzo Christine Rice | Sound Bites: Brenton Ryan


Features
Basic Instinct thmb 918Basic Instinct
Tenor Roberto Alagna, who sings in the Met's new production of Samson et Dalila, knows what is best for his career and for his voice.
By Jennifer Melick
Photographed by Ball & Albanese 
Sacred and Profane thmb 918Sacred and Profane
Opera offers moments of rare spiritual grace in a secular setting.
By Rick Hamlin
Illustration by Nigel Buchanan
After the Deluge thmb 918After the Deluge
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A year after damage from Hurricane Harvey forced Houston Grand Opera into temporary quarters, the company is returning home.
By Fred Cohn 
A Quieter Place thmb 918A Quieter Place
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Baritone Matthias Goerne puts a dynamic spin on Wagner roles. He sings Kurwenal this month in Paris.
By Henry Stewart
Labor of Love thmb 918Labor of Love
A career in opera has let Christine Rice, actress-turned-physicist-turned-singer, do the thing she loves best. 
By Fred Cohn 
Double Duty Neef thmb 918Double Duty
Alexander Neef takes on a new job at Santa Fe Opera.
By Catherine Kustanczy 
Departments
Recordings Golden Cockerel cover 918 Recordings
Laurent Pelly’s dark production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s satirical The Golden Cockerel is about the tragedy of people who have blind faith in an avaricious leader.
In Review TOC THmb 918 In Review
Regina is the standout attraction at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; The Ring returns to San Francisco; Poppea and Traviata in Cincinnati; Parsifal at the Munich Festival; Pelléas at Glyndebourne.
Books Famous Father Girl 918 Books
Critic Vivien Schweitzer’s volume targets newbies and aficionados alike with an easy-to-digest yet thorough introduction to opera; new books by Leonard Bernstein’s daughter and his longtime assistant put a bow on the composer/conductor’s centennial.
MenoftheYearBlissthmb918Men of the Season
A dozen singers to watch in the 2018–19 season.
Year in Opera thmb 918The Year in Opera
A guide to what's on for 2018–19 in the world’s opera houses.
By Eloise Giegerich 
Viewpoint Domingo thmb 918Viewpoint: The Domingo Years
By F. Paul Driscoll
Noteworthy thmb 918Noteworthy & Now
By Eloise Giegerich
Sound Bites Ryan thmb 918Sound Bites: Brenton Ryan
The Missouri-born tenor sings Puccini, Mozart, Britten and Monteverdi this season.
By F. Paul Driscoll 
Operapedia Weill thmb 918Operapedia: Kurt Weill 
Henry Stewart sees someone’s legacy sneaking around the corner. Could that someone be the great German–American composer?
Obituaries Kellow THMB 918Obituaries
OPERA NEWS editor Brian Kellow; bass Bonaldo Giaiotti; soprano Kristine Ciesinzski.
First Look Pelly thmb 918First Look: Gimme Moors
Opera Philadelphia’s O18 Festival features a new staging of Lucia di Lammermoor.
By F. Paul Driscoll

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