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December Opera News Magazine - Beginning Of The Saturday Radio Broadcasts

   December is around the corner , and the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan opera broadcasts are about to
begin with Handel's  Rodelinda , starring Renee Fleming .  The  broadcasts can be heard on radio stations around the U.S. through the end of the season . If none of your local radio stations carry these broadcasts you can hear them on the internet at  the website of wqxr, or on .

  The gorgeous American mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato is on the cover , and  Opera News features editor
interviews her .  She will be one of the starts of the Met's new production of the artificially constructed opera "The Enchanted island" , based on Shakespeare's The Tempest , and  put together from a variety of opera arias by such great baroque composers as Handel ,Rameau and others .

   Musicologist Ellen Rosand , an expert on baroque opera , discusses the new production . This is an example of a baroque "Pasticcio" , or an artificial opera made by cannibalizing music by a variety of different composers
rather like the Frankenstein monster !  Renowned countertenor David Daniels is also interviewed . In case you're new to opera , countertenors are male singers who are trained to sing  operatic roles too high for the normal male voice in falsetto . This may sound strange at first to you at first , but it's easy to get accustomed to this kind of singing .

   Pianist and opera expert William R. Braun has an interesting article which gives advice for young,
aspiring opera singers on which arias to choose for entering vocal competitions , which are one of
the main ways of launching operatic careers .  Another interesting article is by James M. Keller,
program annotator for the New York Philharmonic , who discusses how many operatic and classical music terms are commonly misused by people .

   Each of the broadcast operas for the month has a list of the cast, conductors, directors and designers etc, plus a  synopsis and interesting background information about the operas and the composers.
In addition to Rodelinda , the December broadcasts include the new production of Gounod's Faust,
Puccini's Madama Buitterly , and Donizetti's La Fille Du Regment (The daughter of the regiment).

   The magazine's roving opera reviewers have reviews of recent performances from the Met, including the new production of Donozetti's Anna Bolena , Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann from the Chicago Lyric opera , the world premiere of Heart Of A Soldier by Christopher Theofanidis from the San Francisco opera, which is based on a true story about the 9/11 catastrophe , as well as performances from Vienna , Zurich, Stockholm and London .

  The new live recording of Rossini's monumental opera William Tell from Rome is reviewed in the CD review section , as well as a new recording of Donizetti's rarely performed Linda Di Chamonix from London, and aria recitals by such top stars as Anna Neterbko , Rene Pape, and Angela Gheorghiu .

   DVD reviews of live performances include the  new opera Anna Nicole by English composer Mark Anthony Turnage , which believe it or not is based on the life of the late Anna Nicole Smith !
Plus Wagner's Flying Dutchman, from not inappropriately , the Netherlands opera ,and Janacek's Jenufa from the Madrid opera . 

   There are reviews of three interesting new books ; one about opera fans in Argentina , home of the world-famous Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, a book about the last years of Sergei Prokofiev ,when he returned to the Soviet Union after many years of living in Europe and America , causing him to run afoul of  the conservative musical tastes of  Stalina dn the Communist party , and a study of opera in the novels of such great french writers as Balzac, Proust and others .

   For more information on the broadcasts and the Met's HD broadcasts in movie theaters , check .

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