Tim Johnson

Online Producer

Tim was an online producer on VPR's digital team.

He came to Vermont Public Radio in 2005 from Vermont Public Television, where he produced segments for the program "Outdoor Journal." In addition to writing an occasional essay for Vermont Edition, he co-hosted the annual VPR American Music Sampler program with Peter Fox Smith and Betty Smith.  An avid theater fan, he also admits to being "a confirmed movie geek."

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The Barber Of Seville

Jun 18, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Rossini's The Barber Of Seville.

Nathan Gunn sings the role of Figaro, with Isabel Leonard (Rosina), Alek Shrader (Almaviva), Alessandro Corbelli (Bartolo), Kyle Ketelsen (Basilio).

Michael Mariotti conducts.    Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Susan Alancraig/Music From Salem

Live music is as much a part of summer as flip flops, swimming holes and barbecue. The VPR listening area is loaded with summer music festivals for just about any taste.

Visit The VPR Summer Music Festivals Guide

Die Fledermaus

Jun 11, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Johann Strauss Junior's Die Fledermaus.

Juliane Banse sings the role of Rosalinde with Bo Skovhus (Eisenstein), Daniela Fally (Adele), Adrian Eröd (Falke), Michael Spyres (Alfred), Emily Fons (Prince Orlofsky) and Andrew Shore (Frank).

Ward Stare conducts.    Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m.

La Traviata

Jun 5, 2014
Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's recent production of Verdi's La Traviata.

Marina Rebeka sings the role of Violetta, with Joseph Calleja (Alfredo) and Quinn Kelsey (Giorgio Germont).

Massimo Zanetti conducts.          Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m.   

Parsifal

May 29, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Wagner's Parsifal.

Paul Groves sings the title role, with Daveda Karanas (Kundry), Thomas Hampson (Amfortas), Kwangchul Youn (Gurnimanz), Tómas Tómasson (Klinsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), John Irvin (First Knight), Richard Ollarsaba (Second Knight)

Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Madama Butterfly

May 22, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's new production of Madama Butterfly.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Cio-Cio-San with Stefano Secco (Lt. B.F. Pinkerton), David Cangelosi (Goro), Christopher Purves (Sharpless), Maryann McCormick (Suzuki), Richard Ollarsaba (Imperial Commissioner), Will Liverman (Official Registrar), David Coversten (The Bonze), Anthony Clark Evans (Prince Yamadori), Tye Pauley (Sorrow, Butterfly's Child), Laura Wilde (Kate Pinkerton).

Marco Armiliato Conducts.

AP Photo/Sang Tan

This week Joel Najman's My Place presents a concluding part two of a profile of the Beatles' Apple Record Company, which was active between 1968 and 1975.  Featured are memorable Apple recordings not only by the Fab Four, but also solo offerings by John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Broadcast Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

Otello

May 15, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's 2013 production of Verdi's Otello.

Johan Botha sings the role of Otello, with Anthony Clark Evans (Montano), Antonio Poli (Cassio), Falk Struckmann (Iago), John Irvin (Roderigo), Ana María Martínez (Desdemona) Julie Anne Miller (Emilia), Richard Ollarsaba (A Herald) and Evan Boyer (Lodovico).

Bertrand De Billy conducts.

La Cenerentola

May 9, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rossini's La Cenerentola.

Joyce DiDonato sings the role of Angelina with Juan Diego Flórez (Don Ramiro), Rachelle Durkin (Clorinda), Patricia Risley (Tisbe), Luca Pisarone, (Alidoro), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico), Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini

Fabio Luisi conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.  Listen online.

 

I Puritani

Apr 30, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Bellini's I Puritani.

Olga Peretyatko sings the role of Elvira Walton, with Lawrence Brownlee (Lord Arturo Talbot), Mariusz Kwiecien (Riccardo Forth), Michele Pertusi (Giorgio Walton)

Michele Mariotti conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, May 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Così fan tutte

Apr 24, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the new Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

James Levine is back on the podium at the Met to conduct for the first time since leading Wagner’s “Walküre” in 2011. 

Susanna Phillips sings the role of Fiordiligi, with Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando), Rodion Pogossov (Guglielmo), Maurizio Muraro (Don Alfonso).

Broadcast Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Arabella

Apr 17, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Strauss' Arabella.

Malin Byström sings the role of Arabella , with Genia Kühmeier (Zdenka), Roberto Saccà (Matteo), Michael Volle (Mandryka), Martin Winkler (Waldner)

Philippe Auguin conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Andrea Chénier

Apr 10, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giordano's Andrea Chénier.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Maddalena, with Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

La Bohème

Apr 4, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème.

Anita Hartig sings the role of  Mimì, with Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Patrick Carfizzi (Schaunard), Oren Gradus (Colline), Donald Maxwell (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Stefano Ranzan conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

La Sonnambula

Mar 28, 2014
Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini's  La Sonnambula.

Diana Damrau sings the role of Amina with  Javier Camarena (Elvino), Michele Pertusi (Rodolfo).

Marco Armiliato conducts.

Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

This week My Place program presents an hour of popular songs about the sun and sunshine. Memorable recordings by Harry Belafonte, the Beatles, and Stevie Wonder are among the selections featured.

Broadcast Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

Wozzeck

Mar 20, 2014
Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Berg's Wozzeck.

Deborah Voigt sings the role of Maria, with Simon O'Neill (The Drum-Major), Peter Hoare (The Captain), Thomas Hampson (Wozzeck), Clive Bayley (The Doctor).

Read the synopsis

James Levine conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Werther

Mar 12, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Massenet's Werther.

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role with Lisette Oropesa (Sophie), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), David Bižić (Albert) and Jonathan Summers (Le Bailli).

Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m.

The Enchanted Island

Mar 7, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Enchanted Island.

Featuring the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers set to a new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this Baroque fantasy returns after a world premiere run in 2011-12.

Prince Igor

Feb 28, 2014
Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Prince Igor. Alexander Borodin's Russian epic comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Oksana Dyka sings the role of  Yaroslavna with Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Ildar Abdrazkov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Stefan Kocán (Khan Konchak).

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.

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