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FRONT OF HOUSE EDITORIAL

LETTERS Your views and suggestions

PROLOGUE A new app that teaches everyone to sing

NEWS & NOTES Netrebko stands down from Met, New Ring in Zurich, BBC’s Voix Humaine

LETTER FROM… Seattle Opera, where a pragmatic new CEO found a recipe for success

REVIEWS - LIVE REVIEWS Teatro San Carlo, Naples The Three Queens; Aida (45); San Francisco Opera A Streetcar Named Desire (48) Scottish Opera Midsummer Night’s Dream (50); English National Opera Cunning Little Vixen (52) Regents Opera La forza del destino (54) LSO/ Barbican La voix humaine (55) Northern Ireland Opera Into the woods (56) Irish National Opera/ROH Bajazet (58) Theater Magdeburg Figaro Gets A Divorce (59) Berlin Round-up Antikrist; Makropulos Case (60)

- RECORDINGS New releases on CD & DVD (62) including new albums from Nadine Sierra, Elsa Dreisig and Katharina Konradi; DVDs of The Snow Queen and Fidelio. Star tenor Pene Pati. Joyce DiDonato’s Eden Recent vocal albums by female composers in 1819 (65)

- BOOKS

- SPOTLIGHT World Wide Opera Guide and answers to last issue’s Quiz

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‘What are we using our voice for? And what are we contributing to the world around us?’ – Joyce DiDonato

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Riding the Wave Susan Danis celebrates 10 years steadying the helm of Florida Grand Opera Moved by the spirit The celebrated American mezzo Joyce DiDonato galvanises audiences into thinking differently about music, urging us to explore the deep spiritual connection between singing and the world around us A woman for all seasons A rare combination of a superb singer and administrator, Khori Dastoor ushers in a new era as CEO of Houston Grand Opera

Off the beaten track in the USA Our guide to opera, travel and adventure on the wild side of the American cultural scene

Emerging Americans How Young Artists Studios in the US are having outstanding success in nurturing a new generation of great singers Pulled from the Wreck How Glyndebourne is setting out to rescue Ethyl Smyth’s neglected opera The Wreckers About time Soprano Ruby Hughes is putting a spotlight on the talents of women composers My Favourite Things With Danielle De Niese Quiz Test your opera knowledge www.operanow.co.uk

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