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October Opera News Magazine- Celebrating 75 Years Of Existence

  The October issue of Opera News magazine just arrived, and as usual ,it's chock full of interesting articles .  The magazine is the house organ of the Metropolitan Opera guild , and began with the founding of the guild early in 1936.  There is a timeline of notable issues which have aapeared since the magazine's beginning .  At first, the magazine was published weekly ,then bi-monthly and now monthly. 

  On the covers are such great singers of the past as Ezio Pinza, Richard Tucker, Renata Tebaldi, the late Beverly Sills, Eleanor Steber, Regina Resnik, Leontyne Price, the late Luciano Pavarotti, Marian Anderson, all deceased or long retired, and current operatic greats as Placido Domingo,still going strong at nearly 70, Karita Mattila, Susan Graham,Dolora Zajick, maestro James Levine, and others. 

  Other articles are on Leonard Bernstein's only full length opera,A Quiet Place, will will receive its New York premiere by the New York City Opera later this season and which has had a number of performances since its 1983 premiere in Houston, but not without considerable controversy , an interview with Serbian baritone Zelko Lucic (Zhelko Lu-chich) one of today's leading Verdi baritones, and features editor Brian Kellow has a thought-provoking article on how he thinks audience behavior has changed over the years since he first began attending performances .

  There is also an interview with the distinguished American-born,Paris -based conductor and harpsichordist William Christie , a specialist in period instrument performances of music from the 18th century, and who makes his Met debut next month conducting Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte , and an article on opera blogs such as Opera Chic  and Parterre Box, both of which I frequent.

  There are reviews of new CDs such as the first recording of Ruggero Leoncavallo of Pagliacci fame's opera I Medici , about  political and amorous intrigue in Renaissance Florence on Deutsche Grammophon, Orphee by Philip Glass ,one of many operas about the legend of Orpheus and Euridice recorded by the forces of the Portland Oregon opera , a long forgotten opera by Antonio Vivaldi called Armida Al Campo D'Egitto , based on the legendary Saracen sorceress Armida and her attempts to foil the crusaders through amorous intrigue, and even a review of opera diva Renee Fleming's new recording of rock music !

  DVD reviews include the recent production in Munich of Wagner's Lohengrin starring German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, one of today's hottest tenors , Beethoven's only opera Fidelio from the Zurich opera , and Metropolitan opera performances of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and The Barber Of Seville from the 1980s , and obituaries of the late great maestro Sir Charles Mackerras, the English tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson and the Italian tenor Giancinto Prandelli , who recently passed away at the ripe old age of 96 .

  Even if you don't know much about opera, this magazine is always very interesting to read, and you can learn a great deal about this fascinating and infinitely varied art form.  You can also check its websitre,operanews.com. 

 

Posted: Sep 14 2010, 06:29 PM by the horn | with no comments
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