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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

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.


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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.

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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

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

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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.


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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

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