Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Jul. 15 2019

08/03/19 – Attila (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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La Scala’s Attila Giuseppe Verdi  Verdi’s Attila – a broadcast from the opening night of La Scala’s 2018-19 season. Conductor Riccardo Chailly is at the podium, with sought-after Russian bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, in the title role and Saioa Hernández, a Spanish soprano “with great beauty of tone, almost immaculate security, and limitless power and authority…” (Sydney Morning […]

Jul. 15 2019

07/27/19 – Orfeo ed Euridice (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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Teatro dell’Opera, Rome’s Orfeo ed Euridice  Christoph Willibald Gluck  The myth of Orpheus in three acts – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, from the stage of Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Conductor Gianluca Capuano leads the Rome Opera Orchestra, in this co-production of Italy’s Teatro dell’Opera, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Château de Versailles Spectacles of France and […]

Jul. 15 2019

07/20/19 – Adina (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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Rossini Opera Festival’s Adina  From the Rossini Opera Festival, comes one of the less performed works of Rossini – Adina. Premiered in 1826 at Lisbon’s Teatro São Carlos., this comic one-act opera, set in Baghdad, did not return to the stage until 1963. The broadcast features a performance from August 2018, which enjoyed high praise for […]

Jun. 14 2019

07/13/19 – Andrea Chenier (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Andrea Chenier Giordano The poet Andrea Chénier attends a party at the Countess di Coigny’s mansion. He expresses outrage at the corruption in King Louis XVI’s government and the poverty of many Frenchmen. This moves the Countess’s daughter Maddalena, and inspires the footman and revolutionary-in-the-making Carlo Gérard to quit his servitude. […]

Jun. 14 2019

07/06/19 – Billy Budd (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Billy Budd Benjamin Britten Three new recruits join the warship HMS Indomitable, commanded by the scholarly Captain Vere. The first two are nothing special, but the third, young Billy Budd, is hailed by the Master at Arms John Claggart as a jewel – despite his occasional stammer. Billy settles in happily […]

Jun. 14 2019

06/29/19 – La forza del Destino (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s La Forza del Destino Giuseppe Verdi The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro […]

May. 17 2019

06/22/19 – The Queen of Spades (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Queen of Spades Title: Queen of Spades The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky. Gherman learns that Liza’s grandmother the Countess knows a winning three-card formula. Gherman determines to wrest the secret from the Countess, gain a fortune through […]

May. 17 2019

06/15/19 – Simon Boccanegra (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Simon Boccanegra Title: Simon Boccanegra Verdi’s tragedy about the ill-fated Doge of Genoa Simon Boccanegra returns in Elijah Moshinsky’s handsome Renaissance production. Hosts: Martin Handley, Lisa Flynn Broadcast Producer: BBC WFMT Series Producer: Daniel Goldberg Conductor: Henrik Nánási Cast (in order of vocal appearance): Paolo Albani – Mark Rucker Pietro – […]

May. 17 2019

06/08/19 – Siegfried (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Siegfried Title: Siegfried The third opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen revels in its depiction of heroism even as it sets up the cycle’s dramatic conclusion. Hosts: Tom Service, Lisa Flynn Broadcast Producer: BBC WFMT Series Producer: Daniel Goldberg Conductor: Antonio Pappano Cast (in order of vocal […]

May. 17 2019

06/01/19 – Die Walküre (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Die Walküre Title: Die Walküre Hosts: Tom Service, Lisa Flynn Broadcast Producer: BBC WFMT Series Producer: Daniel Goldberg Conductor: Antonio Pappano Cast (in order of vocal appearance): Siegmund – Stuart Skelton Sieglinde – Emily Magee Hunding–Ain Anger Wotan – John Lundgren Brunnhilde – Nina Stemme Fricka – Sarah Connolly Gerhilde – […]

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