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La traviata

Nov 17, 2012
Photo: Felix Sanchez, Courtesy, Houston Grand Opera / Albina Shagimuratova as Violetta Valéry in the Houston Grand Opera production of "La traviata"

If ever there were a staple of the operatic repertory worthy of its prominent position, it is Verdi's La traviata, which we hear in a production by the Houston Grand Opera.


Playlist

La traviata: Act I
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

Prologues - Part II

Nov 17, 2012

We continue our exploration of operatic prologues with the Prologue to Verdi's Simon Boccanegra and the Prologue to Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

A Musical Conversation With Karen Kevra

Nov 13, 2012
Karen Kevra

This weekend Capital City Concerts will present an orchestral concert in Montpelier and Rutland, featuring 26 musicians drawn from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and other groups. Music of Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Wagner will be on the program. CCC director and flutist Karen Kevra gives us a preview.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/49/2012/11/Kevra Nov 2012.mp3

Prologues - Part I

Nov 10, 2012

In the first of two programs of operatic prologues, we hear the Prologue to Monteverdi's Orfeo, the Prologue to Pagliacci, and the Prologue to Gouml;tterdauml;mmerung.


Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

David Kaplan Live

Nov 9, 2012
photo: Xun Wang

On Saturday, November 10, pianist David Kaplan will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at College Street Congregational Church, under the auspices of the Burlington Ensemble. David joins us Friday morning for a live performance preview.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/49/2012/11/David Kaplan Live 110912 for web.mp3

Playlist

Fidelio

Nov 3, 2012
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera / Simon O'Neill as Florestan in the Houston Grand Opera production of Beethoven's "Fidelio"

The Houston Grand Opera's production of Beethoven's Fidelio features Karita Mattila as Leonore and Simon O'Neill as Florestan.


Playlist

Fidelio: Act I
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Michael Hofstetter
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

Norma

Nov 3, 2012

In celebration of the November 3, 1801 birthday of Vincenzo Bellini, we hear excerpts from various recordings of Norma, his bel canto masterpiece.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

The Barber of Seville

Oct 27, 2012
Felix Sanchez / A scene from the Houston Grand Opera's production of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia"

The Houston Grand Opera kicks off its 2012 broadcast season with Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nathan Gunn as Figaro.


Playlist

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act I
Composer Gioachino Rossini
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Leonardo Vordoni
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

Addios, Part II

Oct 27, 2012

We continue our festival of operatic farewells with singers of the past and present - and in four languages!

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

Attila

Oct 20, 2012
Photo: Cory Weaver, Courtesy San Francisco Opera / Lucrecia Garcia (Odabella) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Attila) in the San Francisco Opera production of Verdi's Attila.

The San Francisco Opera concludes its broadcast season with Verdi's long-neglected opera Attila, with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role.

Listen Saturday at 1:00p.m.


Playlist

Attila: Act I
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Record Label San Francisco Opera

Addio

Oct 20, 2012

Our hour will be filled with farewell arias and duets - plus our October Mystery Voice Quiz.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

Nixon in China

Oct 13, 2012
Photo: Cory Weaver, Courtesy San Francisco Opera / Chen-Ye Yuan (Chou En-lai), Maria Kanyova (Pat Nixon), and Brian Mulligan (Richard Nixon) in, "Nixon in China," by the San

The San Francisco Opera presents Nixon in China by John Adams, recorded in June at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

Playlist

Nixon in China: Act I
Composer John Adams
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Lawrence Renes
Record Label San Francisco Opera

La forza del destino

Oct 13, 2012

La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most popular operas. We'llhear excerpts that feature such singers as Leontyne Price, Renata Tebaldi, and Enrico Caruso.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

The Marriage of Figaro

Oct 6, 2012
AP / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We hear the San Francisco Opera performance of Mozart's sparkling, tuneful masterpiece Le nozze di Figaro.

Playlist

Le nozze di Figaro: Acts I & II
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Record Label San Francisco Opera

Offenbach

Oct 6, 2012

Peter Fox Smith explores Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and the Gluck opera of which it is a parody - as well as a couple of historic excerpts from Offenbach's La Perichole.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

VPR.net Archive

Sep 30, 2012

On April 15, 2013 we launched a new VPR.net. Much of the program content from the past 6 months, along with several weeks of news, migrated to the new site. The remaining news, program, and playlist content is still available in our archive.

If you're looking for something, try the site Search: it searches across the current site and the archives.

To explore the archive, visit www.vpr.net/archive.

Archive: Specific Topics

Porgy and Bess

Sep 29, 2012

We'll be listening to gems, sung by a variety of singers, from the most beloved of all American operas, George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth

Sep 22, 2012

Pianist Marjan Kiepura joins Peter Fox Smith in a tribute to Marjan's parents, the Polish tenor Jan Kiepura and the Hungarian soprano Marta Eggerth.

Playlist

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

photo by Peter Schaaf

This Friday evening, the Brentano String Quartet performs a fascinating program at Darmouth College, in which contemporary composers wrote companion pieces to unfinished "fragments" of pieces by classical composers.  I spoke with violinist Mark Steinberg of the Brentano quartet about the program, and we'll hear that conversation this afternoon.

Information about the performance at Darmouth can be found here.

VPR

Tuesday evening at FlynnSpace, the long-time violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, will talk about and play Bach's Solo Violin Partita in D minor, which includes the famous Chaconne.  It's part of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and we'll get a preview this morning at 11 when he visits VPR's Walter Parker.  

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