Catching Up With The Latest issues Of Opera News Magazine
Lazy me ! I've been neglecting posts about Opera News magazine for a while . But here's a profile of the August and September issues . In the August issue , Washinton Post critic Philip Kennicott discusses his ideas of how opera may change in the next decade in terms of production technology , reaching new audiences , new forms of broadcasting etc . Jennifer Melick , managing editor of Symphony magazine , discusses the impressive new National Opera Center in New York , which offers splendid facilities for auditions and opera rehearsals etc .
Opera News editor-in-chief F. Paul Driscoll has an article entitled "Opera's Next Wave " - a profile of sme of the most talented up-and-coming younger singers , conductors , composers and arts managers in the field of opera in America today . These are likely to be the superstars of opera in the near future .
The September issue has the annual preiview of the repertoire in opera houses for 2012-13 alll over the globe, not only Europe and America , but Australia , South America and elsewhere . This includes dates of performance for the Met, La Scala, the Royal opera in London, the great houses of Berlin,Vienna, Munich , Paris , Dresden , Hamburg , you name it . The preview shows amazing worldwide diversity of operatic repertoire ; old operas, new ones, familiar and unfamiliar ones of dazzling variety .
A particularly interesting article on the members of the orchestra of the San Francisco opera shows what it's like to work in the pit of a major opera house ; the chalenges, frustrations and joys of this extremely demandng yet rewarding job . Noted American opera conductor David Lawton, professor of music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook , has an article on the Los Angeles opera's revival of the rarely heard early opera I Die Foscari (the two Foscaris ) .
Reviews of opera performances around the world from London ,Berlin , Milan, Geneva, Salzburg , New York, Washington D.C. , San Francisco , and Brussels by the magazine's travelling reviewers can be read , as well as reviews of new CD recordings of operas by Handel , Dvorak, Franz Schreker , Puccini , and DVDs of operas by Richard Strauss , Janacek , Monteverdi , Verdi, Tchaikovsky , etc .
Editor F. Paul Driscoll has an extensive obiturary of the late great baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau , who passed away this May . You can also check out the agaznes website operanews.com .