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March Issue Of Opera News - A Bawdy Rossini Comedy Comes To The Met

  The March issue of Opera News magazine focuses on a rarely performed comic opera Rossini, Le Comte Ory (Count Ory) ,which has just had its first performance at the Met .On the cover is the lovely German soprano Diana Damrau ,who portrays the love interest of the licentious medieval French count Ory ,who disguises himself as a nun to gain access to her !  The count is sung by the charismatic Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez .

  Damrau is interviewed by Opera News editor-in-chief F. Paul Driscoll , and opera expert Roger Pines discusses how the long-neglected Rossini comic masterpiece was revived at England's prestigious Glyndebourne opera festival in 1954 and has has since become a (fitful) part of the opera repertoire.  It's a delightfully witty and melodious work ,and Rossini's only comic opera in French . 

   There's also an article on the new and intriguing New York City opera production of three brief one act operas by Arnold Schoenberg ,  the late American composer Morton Feldman, and  the maverick contemporary composer John Zorn ,who is still very much alive . Freelance writer Eric Myers discusses  the portrayal of the role of Boris Godunov by the late,great Canadian Bass baritone George London ,one of the foremost interpreters of this great role .

  Ken Benson, a leading manager of opera singers , discusses the plum Bel Canto tenor role of Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor , and some great tenors who have sung the it, such as the legendary Enrico Caruso , Luciano Pavarotti , Alfredo Kraus , and Carlo Bergonzi among others .

  As usual, there is a list of cast,conductors , directors and designers of this month's Met radio broadcasts , and brief portraits of the singers and conductors .  eviews of live performances in America and Europe include the Met's recent revival of Puccini 's spaghetti western opera The Girl Of The Golden West st the Met this past December ,marking the centeniial of its world premiere at the Met , as well as its new and modernistic production of Verdi's La Traviata , and the Met debut of the distinguished English conductor Sir Simon Rattle conducting Debussy's Pelleas &Melisande .Other reviews cover performances in Chicago ,Milan's La Scala ,Paris and Berlin .

   CD reviewsinclude new song and opera recitals by Juan Diego Florez , German soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and Canadian soprano Measha Bruggergosman , and a new recording of Mozart's Idomeneo from Copenhagen led by Hungarian maestro Adam Fischer , and DVD reviews of Benjamin Britten's final opera Death in Venice right from Venice's renowned La Fenice opera, Bellini's I Puritani from Bologna with Florez and the rising young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze ,  If you enjoy opera at all , you can't afford to miss Opera News magazine !

Posted: Mar 29 2011, 05:39 PM by the horn | with no comments
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