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Steve Klimowski and Sydney Lea

Apr 5, 2013

A conversation with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble Artistic Director Steven Klimowski about two concerts this weekend featuring Lea reading his poetry, and new musical responses by 5 Vermont composers.


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Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2011

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast spring season on Saturday Matinee.

Wagner's Das Rheingold
April 6
Luisi; Harmer, Blythe, Arwady, Margita, Siegel, Delavan, Owens, Selig, König

Wagner's Die Walküre
April 13
Luisi; Voigt, Serafin, Blythe, O'Neill, Delavan, König

Wagner's Siegfried
April 20
Luisi; Dalayman, Arwady, Hunter Morris, Siegel, Delavan, Owens 

Handel's Giulio Cesare
April 27
Bicket; Dessay, Coote, Bardon, Daniels, Dumaux, Loconsolo

photo: Christian Steiner

The Emerson String Quartet will play music of Dvorak, Schumann and Grieg tonight at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth. It will be one of their last concerts with cellist David Finckel, ending 34 years of the same personnel. At 11 this morning we'll listen to him speak about his strong Vermont connection.

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VPR is proud to partner with NPR and stations around the country in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States.

After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical selections.

Verdi's La Traviata

Mar 30, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Diana Damrau as Violetta in Act 1 of Verdi's "La Traviata"

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Verdi's La Traviata. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts soprano Diana Damrau as Violetta, Placido Domingo singing the baritone role of Germont, and tenor Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo.

Risë Stevens Remembered

Mar 30, 2013
AP Photo/Raul Fornezza / Risë Stevens in Milan in 1954

We celebrate the artistry of the American mezzo-soprano Riseuml; Stevens.

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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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