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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.

Il Trovatore

Jan 12, 2013

We explore Il Trovatore, perhaps the most tune-filled of all Verdi's opera.

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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 Winds of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra join us live today for a preview of their concert at the McCarthy Arts Center of St. Michael's College on Saturday. Music will include selections from The Magic Flute of Mozart and the Petite Symphonie of Gounod.


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Les Troyens

Jan 5, 2013
photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera / Jacqueline Antaramian as Andromache and Deborah Voigt as Cassandra in the Met's "Les Troyens."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Les Troyens (The Trojans) by Hector Berlioz. In this brilliant epic, set in the time of the Trojan War, love struggles with duty. American tenor Bryan Hymel is making his Met debut as Aeneas. Susan Graham is Dido, and Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra.

Note the noon start this week.

photo: Jim Lowe / Pianist Michael Arnowitt

Vermont pianist Michael Arnowitt celebrates his 50th birthday with a concert with orchestra Sunday afternoon in Montpelier. The featured work will be Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be works by Bach, Prokofiev and Arnowitt, himself. At 11 this morning I'll speak with Michael about it.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/49/2013/01/Arnowitt 50 edit.mp3

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The Tempest

Dec 29, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Simon Keenlyside as Prospero and Isabel Leonard as Miranda in "The Tempest" by Thomas Ades.

Today's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is The Tempest by Thomas Ades, adapted from the Shakespeare play. The composer conducts this performance from last fall.

Show Boat

Dec 29, 2012

The landmark Broadway musical Show Boat - music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II - opened in New York on December 27, 1927and remains to this day one of the most popular musicals ever written.

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Laurel Ann Maurer

Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer and pianist Claire Black will perform music of Bach, Vermont composer David Gunn and Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano this weekend (details below). We'll get a live preview Friday morning at 11.

Saturday, December 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 81 Saint Paul Street, Burlington

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Stowe Community Church, 137 Main Street, Stowe

Monday, December 31, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier


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The Barber of Seville

Dec 22, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Rodion Pogossov as Figaro in the Net's "Barber of Seville."

This Met production of Rossini's Barber of Seville is a comedy classic for the whole family. It's sung in English and abbreviated to 2 hours.

 

Operas Set at Christmas

Dec 22, 2012

Peter Fox Smith explores two operas - Puccini's La Boheme and Massenet's Werther - both of which take place around Christmas.

 

Verdi's Aida

Dec 15, 2012
photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera. / Liudmyla Monastyrska as the title character and Olga Borodina as Amneris in Verdi's "Aida."

The second opera of the Met's radio broadcast season is Verdi's Aida, set in ancient Egypt. The title character is an enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a romantic triangle with the heroic Radames and the Egyptian princess, Amneris.


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Previewing Verdi's Aida

Dec 15, 2012

Peter Fox Smith previews the 1 p.m. live MET broadcast of Verdi's timeless grand opera Aida.

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Aida: Act IV
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor Herbert von Karajan
Album Verdi: Aida
Record Label EMI

The Met Season Begins!

Dec 8, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season begins with a new production of Verdi's dramatic Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball). It's based loosely on actual events surrounding the assassination of Sweden's King Gustave III at a masked ball in 1792. The Met's new production updates the setting to the early 20th century.


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La Serva Padrona

Dec 8, 2012

Pergolesi's famous intermezzo about a maid who becomes mistress of the house - through a BIG trick!

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La Serva Padrona: Part 1
Composer Giovanni Pergolesi
Ensemble Combattimento
Conductor David Mason
Album Pergolesi: La Serva Padrona / Salve Regina
Record Label Meridian

Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Dec 1, 2012
photo: Felix Sanchez/Courtesy, Houston Grand Opera / Katie van Kooten as Queen Elizabeth and Robert Gleadow as Talbot in the Houston Grand Opera production of Donizetti's Maria

Our final Saturday Matinee from the Houston Grand Opera is Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

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Maria Stuarda
Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers

The Medium

Dec 1, 2012

What really happens at the seance? What's real and what's a sham? These questions are addressed in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium. Peter Fox Smith features it today on A Passion for Opera.

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The Medium: selections
Composer Gian Carlo Menotti
Ensemble Chicago Opera Theatre Orchestra
Conductor Lawrence Rapchak
Album Menotti: The Medium
Record Label Cedille

Verdi's Don Carlos

Nov 24, 2012
photo: Felix Sanchez, Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Grand Opera presents Verdi's Don Carlos, sung in French.

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Don Carlos
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers

Edgar

Nov 24, 2012

Peter Fox Smith introduces us to Puccini's long neglected early opera Edgar.

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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

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