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January Issue Of Opera News - Dynamic Bass Baritone Eric Owens

   African-American bass baritone Eric Owens is on the cover of the January issue of Opera News magazine ;
he is singing the role of the evil dwarf Alberich in the Met's controversial new production of Wagner's Ring
and is interviewed this month .  Owens has emerged as one of the most compelling young opera singers of
our time and has had great success as an interpreter of key roles in contemporary operas by John Adams and other American opera composers as well as more familiar  works of the operatic repertoire .

  Staff writer Fred Cohn discusses the troubled recent history of the New York City opera , which has been forced to leave Lincoln center and  assume a nomadic existence at various locations in the city , and whose
future is disturbingly uncertain because of financial woes , and writer David J. Baker discusses Benjamin
Britten's powerful  opera "The Rape Of Lucrecia , based on ancient Roman history , which is about to be performed by the Houston opera .

   Foster Hirsch , professor of film at Brooklyn college , discusses the controversial  Broadway revival of
Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess ", and  musicologist Sylvia Lecuver reports on  the distinguished Italian
conductor Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago symphony , who recently went to Stockholm to receive
the prestigious  Birgit Nilsson prize for his musical accomplishments .  This award was established by
the  great Swedish Wagnerian soprano  shortly before her death in 2005 .

   Reviews of recent opera performances around the world include  the Met's new Siegfried , part of its
high tech new Ring production , as well as its new Don Giovanni , which were conducted by its newly
appointed principal conductor Fabio Luisi in the wake of James Levine's  forced  withdrawal due to
severe back trouble ,  as well as the San Francisco opera's new production of the same Mozart classic ,
the Seattle opera's new Carmen , and  opera Boston's production of the rarely performed Beatrice &
Benedict by Hector Berlioz .

   Reviews of European  productions include the recent world premiere in Barcelona of an opera
about the  legendary surrealisti painter Salvador Dali by  Catalan composer Xavier Berenguel ,
the Zurich opera's new production of Verdi's Otello , which sets the opera in the present day ,
and  a new production of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades by Opera North in Leeds, England .

   CD reviews include the  premiere recording of the recent opera Elmer Gantry , based  on the book
by Sinclair lewis , also famous in its film version , and  recordings of little known operas by Gluck and Vivaldi .  Reviews of  opera performances on DVD  include  Don Giovanni sung in German from the German opera of Berlin in 1961 with the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role ,
Handel's Alcina from the Vienna State opera , and  Verdi's  Les Vepres Siciliennes , (the Sicilian
Vespers) sung in the original French by the Netherlands opera .  The opera is more familiar in
its Italian language translation as I Vespri Siciliani .

   There are the annual awards for the best  CDs and DVDs of the year , including  recordings of
Beethoven's Fidelio conducted by Claudio Abbado , Summer and Smoke by the late Lee Hoiby ,
Donizetti's rarely performed Linda Di Chamonix  by the Royal opera in London , Handel's Ariodante
and Gluck's Ezio performed by period instrument ensembles , and  operatic recitals by
such  renowned singers as Anna Netrebko , Jonas Kaufmann , Peter Mattei ,Dmitri Hvorostosky,
and Joyce Di Donato ,and  on DVD ,  Britten's Billy Budd , Donizetti's Don Pasquale ,
Massenet's Werther , and Mozart's Don Giovanni from various opera houses .

   As usual , the magazine is packed with  interesting and stimulating articles and  reviews .
You can also check out the magazine's website, operanews.com .

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