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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.

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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

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.


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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.


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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

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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