Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

May. 31 2014

06/07/14 – Parsifal – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago PARSIFAL (in German) COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner Approx. Length:  4 hours 45 minutes The sacred and the profane vie for supremacy in Wagner’s final, revelatory masterpiece. An elite cadre of knights is charged with guarding the Holy Grail, but their power is lost when their king succumbs to the pleasures of the flesh. Can the […]

May. 24 2014

05/31/14 – Madama Butterfly – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago MADAMA BUTTERFLY (in Italian) by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by:   Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco Sung in Italian, Approx. Length:  3 hours Puccini’s heartbreaking tragedy comes to Lyric in a breathtakingly beautiful production. Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for […]

May. 15 2014

05/24/14 – OTELLO (LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO)- 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Otello by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by:   Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeare’s tragedy Sung in Italian, Approx. Length:  3 hours Jealousy, betrayal, and murder—Shakespeare’s drama finds new dimension in Giuseppe Verdi’s blazing and revealingly expressive music. Otello seems unbeatable on the battlefield, but he’s powerless against his insidious henchman Iago, who convinces him that his innocent wife […]

Nov. 02 2013

November 2013 – BAYREUTH FESTIVAL – 1:00pm

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Bayreuth Festival – Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen WBJC is proud to present the complete Ring cycle, captured in the unsurpassed acoustics of the Festspielhaus by Radio Bavaria.  Host Rick Fulker talks with the cast and the production team, bringing it all a little closer.  It’s your front-seat ticket to one of the world’s most […]

Oct. 26 2013

11/02/13 – The Italian Girl in Algiers – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri) by Gioachino Rossini The shipwreck was the easy part. Searching for her fiancé, Lindoro, Isabella is marooned near Algiers and captured. She quickly catches the eye of Mustafà, the local bey; bored with his harem, he has determined to marry an Italian girl. His plans go hilariously […]

Oct. 19 2013

10/26/13 – Louisa Miller – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera LOUISA MILLER by GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, Based on Schiller’s play “Kabale und Liebe” A special archive broadcast of the 1974 production of Luisa Miller, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli. Sung in Italian   CAST/CREW Laura – Gwendolyn Jones Miller – Louis Quilico Luisa – Katia Ricciarelli Rodolfo – Luciano Pavarotti* Wurm […]

Oct. 12 2013

10/19/13 – The Gospel of Mary Magdalene – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE by Mark Adamo Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Libretto by the composer “No Gospel was written as history. But every gospel—not only those included in the New Testament—contains fragments of the history of Jesus of Nazareth and of those who followed him. In 2007 I wondered: […]

Oct. 05 2013

10/12/13 – The Tales of Hoffmann – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE TALES OF HOFFMANN by Jacques Offenbach Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré; Performing Edition based on the integral edition of the opera by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck, by arrangement with Schott Music A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies […]

Sep. 28 2013

10/05/13 – Cosi Fan Tutte – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera COSI FAN TUTTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama. John Cox’s production, which sets the action in Monte Carlo in 1915, […]

Sep. 14 2013

09/21/13 – The Magic Flute – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recorded Summer 2012, War Memorial Opera House. Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted tale of romantic love, spiritual transcendence and the beguiling art of birdcatching. The internationally acclaimed ensemble cast is led by Rory Macdonald, an exciting young […]

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