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Rite of Spring and Rudolf Serkin

Mar 28, 2013

We'll hear a conversation with dancer James Viveiros of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, talking about the group's upcoming production of Rite of Spring at the Flynn. Also, a 110th birthday tribute to Rudolf Serkin.

http://www.vpr.net//audio/programs/128/2013/03/Rite of Spring James Viveiros.mp3


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photo: Liz Linder / Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe is a Vermont native (son of well-known local musicians William and Elizabeth Metcalfe) who now directs Blue Heron, Boston's professional Renaissance choir. Blue Heron will perform music of Johannes Ockeghem at St. Michael's College this evening and at Grace Church in Rutland tomorrow evening.

La Forza del Destino

Mar 23, 2013
photo: Louis Mélançon/Metropolitan Opera Archives / Leontyne Price as Leonora in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino"

The week's opera comes from the Metropolitan Opera archives: a 1977 performance of Verdi's La Forza del Destino. James Levine conducts a stellar cast including Leontyne Price and Placido Domingo.

Talvela, Price, Domingo

Mar 23, 2013

Saturday's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is an archive performance of Verdi's La forza del destino with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela; and on A Passion for Opera we'll hear recordings by these three superb singers.

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Francesca da Rimini

Mar 16, 2013
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera / A scene from Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini" with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role and Marcello Giordani as Paolo

This week's Met Opera broadcast is Riccardo Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, based on a story from Dante's Inferno. Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the title role and Marcello Giordani is Paola, brother of her betrothed.

NOTE the VPR Classical starting time: 1pm.


 

Francesca da Rimini

Mar 16, 2013

We hear excerpts from a 1969 recording of Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini with Magda Olivero in the title role.

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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

Don Carlo

Mar 9, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Ramón Vargas as the title character and Barbara Frittoli as Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi's "Don Carlo."

This week's Met Opera broadcast is Verdi's Don Carlo, set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Ramon Vargas sings the title role and Lorin Maazel conducts.

Three Verdi Gems

Mar 9, 2013

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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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 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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