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A Static Production.

Classical Music Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new John Harbison opera, The Great Gatsby, based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Soprano Singer Julianne Baird.

Soprano singer Julianne Baird. Her new CD is "Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder" (Newport Classic). She is an expert musicologist of 18th century European baroque music. But she also explores music of other periods, including contemporary works and 19th century popular tunes. She recently toured France, Poland, Austria, Germany and Holland in recital. Her discography includes more than 85 recordings. She is on the faculty of Rutgers University in New Jersey.


An American Opera Singer on the Rise.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two new albums of opera star Renee Fleming. "I Want Magic," on London Records and a new recording of Dvorak's "Rusalka" also on London.


Two Reissues of Porgy and Bess Commemorate Gershwin's 100th Birthday

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews some reissues of music from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." They are: the first complete recording of Porgy and Bess, reissued in Sony's Masterworks Heritage Series, and Selections from Porgy and Bess with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, on Telarc.


The Picasso of Opera.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz profiles opera singer Maria Callas. It's the 20th anniversary of her death. There's a been re-issue of her work. Live performances, home videos and a CD-ROM of her Tosca performance are now available. We will hear selections from "Bizet: Carmen," "Bellini: Norma" and "Verdi: Arias II." (EMI Classics)


A Magnificent Performance and Recording of a Mediocre Opera.

Classical Music Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new two-cd set of a 1962 performance of the opera "Susannah." It features the legendary American soprano Phyllis Curtin. The cd set is available on the VAI label. Schwartz is Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix.


A Heavenly Work.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the long awaited reissue of Virgil Thomson's "Four Saints in Three Acts," (RCA Victor)


Two Ideal Operatic Voices.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews recordings by British singers soprano Margaret Tate (stage name Maggie Teyte), and tenor Heddle Nash. (on the British label, Pearl.)


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