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May Opera News Magazine - Summer Festivals

  The May issue of Opera News  has extensive information on the many Summer music festivals all over Europe, many of which feature performances of opera . These include such prestigious  festivals  as  Salzburg, Austria, the annual Wagner festival in Bayreith , the Glyndebourne opera festival in England at a picturesque estate in the country ,  the Maggio Musicale in Florence,  and others in such cities as Munich,Dresden, Prague, Vienna ,  Edinburgh and elsewhere . 

   Operas,  familiar  and infamiliar, will be presented ranging from the 17th century  to the present day with many of the greatest  singers ,conductors  and directors  of our time and the great orchestras of Berlin,Vienna,Munich,  Amsterdam, Prague, Dresden  etc . 

   American soprano Laura Aikin , who has  achieved international renown  for her compelling portrayals of a wide variety of roles including extremely demanding ones by  such 20th century composers as Olivier Messiaen, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and others is on the cover and is interviewed by  classical music critic and blogger Jessica Duchen .  Frequent Opera News contributor Matthew Gurewitsch  interviews  arts administrator Alexander Perreira , artistic  director of the world-famous Salzburg festival and discusses his plans  for the future . 

    Contributor William R. Braun interviews the noted American conductor  David Robertson, music director of the Saint Louis symphony and  newly appointed music director of the Sydney symphony in Australia  about his many  activities in both  symphonic music  and opera , and  Opera News Milan correspondant  discusses the interestingly varied operatic repertoire of  the Maggio Musicale festival in Florence as well as its plans for the future . 

   Various Opera News correspondants discuss the opera houses of  Brussels, Bordeau , and Parma and their  rich histories and traditions .  Other correspondants review recent performances from the Met, New York City opera , Chicago ,  Denver, London , Paris ,Zurich and Munich .

   CD reviews include a new recording of the legendary opera Treemonisha by Scott Joplin of  Ragtime fame ,  Massenet's opera Don Quichotte from St.etersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev,  Debussy's Pelleas &Melisande by the English national opera sung in English ,  Renee Fleming singing  vocal works by Messiaen ,  Ravel and Henri Dutilleaux ,  and  live recordings from the Met form the 1960s of operas by Donizetti and Verdi .

   DVD reviews of live performances  include  Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress from the Glyndebourne festival ,  the rarely performed Richard Strauss opera  Die Liebe der Danae(The love of Danae) from Berlin ,  Verdi's La Forza Del Destino from the Vienna State opera ,  and Salome by Richard Strauss, also from Berlin.  As well as a DVD documentary  about the late, great Luciano Pavarotti .

   There are book reviews of a new biography of the late great conductor Carlos Kleiber (1930 - 2004 ) ,  and a new book  which juxtaposes the lives,careers and influence of  Verdi and Wagner by Peter Conrad .  An uninteresting  issue of Opera News  would be unimaginable !

Posted: May 31 2012, 09:26 PM by the horn | with no comments
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