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Daniela Dessi
EDITOR'S NOTES

Earlier this month we were saddened to learn of the death of much loved Italian soprano, Daniela Dessì, aged 59. Dessì had a wide repertoire and had sung at all the major opera houses around the world, often accompanied by her husband, tenor Fabio Armiliato

Again this month our newsletter is devoted to the festival season. I hope you enjoy catching up on these wonderful summer events!

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Daniela Dessì / Kathleen Battle

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> Kathleen Battle is preparing a long-awaited return to the Metropolitan Opera this November, but a fraudulent Broadway project has her in the headlines right now.
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> Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet have lashed out at the NSW government for failing to provide any compensation for the arts companies being shut out of the Sydney Opera House while it undergoes renovation.
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> Daniela Dessì, 59, most versatile Italian soprano of her generation, has died.
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FEATURED PRODUCTIONS
Photo: Salzburger Festspiele / Forster Photo: Bayreuther Festspiele / Enrico Nawrath Photo: Rossini Opera Festival
DIE LIEBE DER DANAE
Salzburg Festival

Konieczny, Ernst, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Stoyanova
(c) Welser-Möst (d) Hermanis
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PARSIFAL
Bayreuth Festival

McKinney, Lehner, Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Pankratova
(c) Haenchen (d) Laufenberg
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LA DONNA DEL LAGO
Rossini Opera Festival

Flórez, Mimica, Spyres, Jicia, Abrahamyan, Brito, Iniesta
(c) Mariotti (d) Michieletto
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FEATURED CDs
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HIGHLIGHTS DURING SEPTEMBER 2016
4 Sep The 2016/17 season at the Vienna State Opera opens with a revival of Turandot with Lise Lindstrom singing the title role. 12 Sep Sonya Yoncheva and Joseph Calleja star in a new production of Norma at the Royal Opera, directed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus.
8 Sep New York City Opera begins its 2016/17 season with a double bill of Pagliacci and Aleko, conducted by James Meena. 14 Sep Christoph Eschenbach conducts a new production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw at La Scala, directed by Kasper Holten.
10 Sep San Francisco Opera gives the world premiere of Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber in a production by Stan Lai. 26 Sep The 2016/17 season at the Metropolitan Opera opens with Tristan und Isolde starring Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme.
Faust at the Salzburg Festival
REVIEWS BY OUR CRITICS
> Faust
Salzburg Festival
by Moore Parker
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> Norma
Edinburgh International Festival
by Catriona Graham
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> La grotta di Trofonio
Festival Della Valle D'Itria
by Silvia Luraghi
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FEATURED ARTICLE
The New York Times
Thomas Adès on his tricky opera adaptation
After the premiere of “The Exterminating Angel,” the composer talks about how he made this haunting opera derived from Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film all his own.
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