The career of the young mezzo, Vivica Genaux, has gained momentum since her Met debut last December. After garnering rave reviews on her recital and opera concert performances at the Caramoor Festival , she went on to debut in Perth, Australia and Seville, Spain. She has just sang Hassem in Seville, a pants role in Donizetti's long lost opera, Alahor in Granata, which was last performed in 1826. A live recording of the opera is planned for release in 1999. Ms. Genaux proceeds to Dallas Opera to perform her first Handel role in Ariodante which opens November 20. She was featured in FanFaire's Issue #2. Her new web pages appear in FanFaire's First Anniversary Issue, which has just been posted.

Richard Leech will sing Don Jose in a NEW Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Carmen, with Denyce Graves in the title role. The opera will close the 1999-2000 season. This will be Leech's second Don Jose; he sang his first in San Diego in January 1997.

Richard Leech is the cover story of FanFaire's First Anniversary Issue.

Bryn Terfel skipped rehearsals for Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met the other week and flew home to Wales for a new family addition. FanFaire sends its best wishes to the proud parents of the new baby - their second! A young American bass baritone, Richard Bernstein, sang Figaro in his place. Bernstein will sing the title role at the Met on November 18 and 24, 1998.

Mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer, who is also featured in FanFaire's First Anniversary Issue, sings the role of Cherubino.

FanFaire updated 11/18/98