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The other Donald in DC

Donald Runnicles conducts Duruflé's Requiem and orchestral Debussy at the Kennedy. 
***11
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Dance and Song are wed in WNO Carmen

WNO integrate dance and song to capture the soul of Carmen for the opening of their 60th anniversary season. 
****1
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Big, beautiful voices power AVA's Ballo

“For some operas,” famed conductor Carlo Maria Giulini once said, “you can accept a voice of not absolute beauty – if it is well used and he is an artist and interpreter, it will work. But for Verdi you need all this plus the essential sound.
****1
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AVA’s memorable "L'Elisir d'Amore" with outstanding tenor Diego Silva

Though most of Gaetano Donizetti’s operas are not well known, Donizetti wrote dozens of them – many of the silly variety. L’Elisir d’Amore is one frothy work that not only survived, but continues to be performed around the world – frequently. L’Elisir d’Amore has a formulaic storyline: it’s war time (pick a war, any war). A lonely boy falls for a very pretty girl.
****1
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AVA Scales Artistic Heights with Debussy's Operatic Masterpiece

In his program notes for Pelléas et Mélisande, director K. James McDowell refers to the only opera Claude Debussy ever completed as "a towering masterpiece in the operatic repertoire.
*****
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AVA’s 'Les Contes d’Hoffmann' defines opéra fantastique

Tucked away on Spruce Street, Philadelphia, many blocks off the glittering Avenue of the Arts is a stellar training academy with the mission of preparing world-class opera singers. It’s called the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), and it offers resident artists from throughout the United States and all over the world a chance to study and perform in its four-year program.
*****
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