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is a monthly publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Beautifully illustrated, it chronicles not only events at the Met in New York but every aspect of the international opera scene. It regularly features profiles of established and rising stars, provocative articles on issues that impact the performing arts, reviews of performances and outstanding recordings from around the world in a style that is most reader-friendly. A must-read for both the long-time opera lover and the neophyte.

Shown here are two recent issues with FanFaire-featured artists, tenor IAN BOSTRIDGE and baritone MATTHIAS GOERNE on the cover, both of whom are acclaimed for their exceptional "Liedership" qualities.





"Coffee, Cakes & Chamber Music"
- Rossetti Piano Quartet at
The Music Guild (LA)

UCLA Live - Christopher O'Riley's 'Time Has Told Me: A Nick Drake Tribute

San Francisco Opera's
"Dead Man Walking


Opera News Giveaway

Rough Guide to Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra's
"Cooking with Music"


The Movie Album

ARIA: opera without words
Soundtrack from "Scoop"
Merry! A Holiday Journey
Pride & Prejudice Soundtrack
Bostridge/Uchida: Die schöne MüllerinSusan Graham: Poemes de l'amour
Angela Gheorghiu's Puccini
Mein Herz brennt
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas
Operatica Xmas Classics
Threepenny Opera
Fractured Lines
Vivica Genaux: Arias for Farinelli
Vivica Genaux: Bel canto Arias
Galina Gorchakova: Italian Arias
Susan Graham: C'est ça la vie
Hildegard Behrens/ FIDELIO
Anoushka Shankar: Live at Carnegie Hall
Nacar: Astor Piazzolla
Bride of the Wind: Alma Mahler
Quarteto Gelato's "Neapolitan Cafe"
Bernstein Live! CD Sampler
Rossetti Quartet
Evelyn Glennie's
"Shadow Behind the Iron Sun"

Women Composers & the Men in Their Lives





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Just for fun, test your OPERA IQ - take the QUIZ below. The correct answers will appear on your screen as soon as you submit them.

1. "Opera, to me, comes before everything else." The composer who spoke this line was:

Richard Wagner  Giuseppe Verdi Giacomo Puccini   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2. This year (2006) we celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of one of the world's greatest composers. Name the composer.


3. The music you heard on opening this page is a clip of an aria from one of his most popular operas. It is sung by MATTHIAS GOERNE who appears on the cover of the March 2006 issue of Opera News shown above.
CLICK HERE   to listen to the music clip again.    Buy the CD

Name the opera and the character who sings the aria  [opera/character]:


4. CLICK HERE   to listen to a music clip from another of the composer's most popular operas, sung by CECILIA BARTOLI who has appeared several times on the cover of past Opera News issues. She is accompanied here by acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, both of whom are FanFaire-featured artists.  Buy the CD

Name the opera and the character who sings the aria  [opera/character]:


5. CLICK HERE   to listen to a music clip from yet another of the composer's most popular operas, sung here by BRYN TERFEL who has also been on the cover of Opera News. In this aria, the character is boasting about his master's numerous, amorous conquests.   Buy the CD

Name the opera and the character who sings the aria  [opera/character]:


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