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Three Verdi Gems

Mar 9, 2013

This afternoon we hear wonderful music from Verdi's Nabucco, Ernani, and Don Carlo.

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

Parsifal

Mar 2, 2013
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Katarina Dalayman as Kundry in Wagner's "Parsifal."

Franccedil;ois Girard's new vision for Wagner's opera stars Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

Carmen

Feb 23, 2013
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Anita Rachvelishvili as the title character in Bizet's "Carmen."

Bizet's Carmen is broadcast from the Met for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who made an acclaimed Met debut as Carmen in 2010, sings her first Met Saturday matinee broadcast of her signature role.

Happy Birthday, George Frideric Handel

Feb 23, 2013

We celebrate Handel's birthday with a bouquet of arias from eight of his operas.

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

Live Performance: The Talich Quartet

Feb 21, 2013

The Talich Quartet performs Beethoven, Janacek, and Dvorak at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Friday evening. The group joins Joe Goetz for a live performance preview.

The Quartet's website is here.

Chandler Music Hall's website is here.


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Rigoletto

Feb 16, 2013
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Željko Lucic as the title character of Verdi's "Rigoletto."

Love, lust, and revenge combine for potent listening in Verdi's tragic masterpiece. This new production is set in 1960's Las Vegas. Listen for this week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Verdi's Rigoletto, at 1pm.

Mr. And Mrs.

Feb 16, 2013

A program of operatic duets by singers who were married to each other - plus the February 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

The Elixir of Love

Feb 9, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Anna Netrebko as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”

Is it the elixir, a large inheritance or love that conquers the heart of the fickle Adina? Listen for this week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Donizetti's comedy, L'Elisir d'Amore, at 1pm.

Falstaff

Feb 9, 2013

Peter Fox Smith explores with us some of the melodic gems, comedic monologues, and masterly ensembles that are woven into the unbroken stream of music that is Verdi's final masterpiece, Falstaff.

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

Le Comte Ory

Feb 2, 2013
photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera. / Pretty Yende as Countess Adèle and Juan Diego Flórez as Count Ory in Rossini's "Le Comte Ory."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Rossini's comedy Le Comte Ory. Tenor Juan Diego Florez stars as the amorous Comte, scheming to seduce Adele.

A Little Bit About Rossini

Feb 2, 2013

Peter Fox Smith takes us on a tour of Rossini operas, some well-known, some not so well-known. Included are excerpts from The Barber of Seville, Semiramide, Il vaggio a Reims, Le Compte Ory and William Tell.

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La Rondine

Jan 26, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Giuseppe Filianoti as Ruggero and Kristine Opolais as Magda in Puccini's "La Rondine."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Puccini's La Rondine (The Swallow). Kristine Opolais sings Magda, who is predicted to go south, like the swallow, in search of romance and happiness.

Mozart And Richard Strauss

Jan 26, 2013

In celebration of the January 27, 1756 birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and of the January 26, 1790 premiere of his opera Cosigrave; fan tutte, and of the January 26, 1911 premiere of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier - we'll hear excerpts from these two wonderful operas.


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Conversation With Leila Josefowicz

Jan 24, 2013

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Saturday night at the Hopkins Centerin Hanover. Joe Goetz spoke with her about her lessons at Curtis with Jaime Laredo, her career, and her focus on new music.


Playlist

Coronation March
Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Ensemble Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Jarvi
Album Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works
Record Label Chandos

Ariel Quartet Live

Jan 22, 2013

Wednesday evening the Ariel Quartet will perform the next installment of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle taking place at College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. We'll get a live preview this morning at 11.

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Maria Stuarda

Jan 19, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Joyce DiDonato in the title role of the Met's first-ever production of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda"

The Metropolitan Opera stages Donizetti's Maria Stuarda for the first time. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in this dramatization of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Donizetti Rarities

Jan 19, 2013

We hear excerpts from two rarely performed Donizetti operas: Poliuto and Rita.


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

Cicely Parnas Live

Jan 18, 2013
photo: Michael Polito / Cellist Cicely Parnas

This weekend young cellist Cicely Parnas will play the Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Laredo. She stops by to chat with Walter Parker at 11.


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Photos: Dallas Kilponen (Moore) and courtesy the artist (Garcia) / Latonia Moore and Jesus Garcia

The Vermont Youth Orchestra presents its first-ever Opera Extravaganza Sunday, January 20, at the Flynn Center at 3pm. The VYO will be joined by the VYO Chorus, soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia. The soloists join us this morning at 11.


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Il Trovatore

Jan 12, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / New Hampshire's Patricia Racette (center) as Leonora in the Met's "Il Trovatore.'

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Verdi's Il Trovatore. Set in war-ravaged Spain, it tells of Leonora and her love for the troubadour, whose actual identity is known only to the gypsy woman who raised him.

LATE NOTE: New Hampshire's Patricia Racette was to have sung Leonora, but the Met informs us that she is ill. Leonora will be sung instead by Angela Meade.

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