Both La Boheme and the revised, two-act version of Le Villi premiered at the same theater — the Teatro Regio, or Royal Theater, in Turin. World of Opera will be visiting that theater for the second half of a Puccini double bill. To begin this week's program host Lisa Simeone takes us to Charleston, S.C., and the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA for Le Villi. The production features soprano Jennifer Rowley as Anna and tenor Dinyar Vinya as Roberto.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers — when he was just 19-years-old. Almira premiered in Hamburg in 1705, and the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Friday marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth and World of Opera celebrates with one of his most profound dramas.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Though known today mainly as an instrumental composer, Joseph Haydn wrote a surprising number of operas, including his accomplished drama La Vera Costanza, the story of a determined young woman whose devotion to a secret marriage nearly leads to her tragic death.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Of Gluck's two interpretations of the Orpheus story, Orphée, the French version, is probably the more striking — with a famous, bravura aria and couple of well-know ballet numbers. But the Italian version Orfeo ed Euridice was the original and is widely regarded as Gluck's masterpiece. Its premiere in 1762, was a landmark event in 18th century musical theater.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Richard Croft stars as the magnanimous Emperor Tito, with soprano Annemarie Kremer as Vitellia, the woman determined to either have Tito, or see him dead.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Among the hundreds of Shakespeare-based operas, truly successful examples are astonishingly rare — a generous estimate would put the count at about half-a-dozen. Even more remarkable is that Verdi alone accounted for three of them. His Macbeth may not be heard quite so often as Otello and Falstaff, but it's still among his finest scores.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, Leo Nucci stars in the title role of Rigoletto, with soprano Andrea Rost as Gilda and tenor Ramón Vargas as the Duke. Riccardo Muti conducts.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Written for the coronation of Britain's current queen, Elizabeth II, Benjamin Britten's Gloriana tells the much-repeated story of the Elisabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Listen today at 4 pm on Operavore.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
World of Opera presents I Masnadieri from historic La Fenice, in Venice, Italy. Soprano Maria Agresta and tenor Andeka Gorrotxategui star as a pair of lovers whose severely dysfunctional family life makes their romance more than a little bit hazardous
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic drama follows a wealthy and murderous crook as he engages in a doomed romance with his cousin. It's a hot-blooded, messy affair with an array of brilliant musical numbers and arias tailored for the opera's first leading lady, ...
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream: this production comes from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and stars Hui He as Cio Cio San and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, the Flemish Opera presents Handel's Agrippina, starring mezzo Ann Hallenberg in the title role and Umberto Chiummo as Cladius.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore Stream, hear Rossini's The Lady of the Lake, with a starry cast that includes soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, the Royal Opera in Stockholm presents Verdi's opera A Masked Ball, about the murder of a European king.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Perhaps Wagner's most straightforward and approachable opera, The Flying Dutchman is presented today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, hear William Tell in a complete performance from one the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. The cast features baritone Nicola Alaimo in the title role.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Fresh from its latest appearance on the Covent Garden stage in London, this production of Verdi's Don Carlo features an all-star, international cast — including tenor Jonas Kaufmann in one of his signature roles — in one of Verdi's most beautiful, and also perplexing, operas.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Amilcare Ponchielli's masterpiece La Gioconda, a drama of politics, passion and murder, is one of opera's most delicious "guilty pleasures." Tune in at 4pm to hear it on our Operavore Stream!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, baritone Simon Keenlyside sings the title role, with soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana, in a production led by conductor Robin Ticciati.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
The historical Lucrezia Borgia may actually have been a fine, upstanding citizen. But her popular reputation isn't so sunny and it's her legacy as a notorious poisoner that Donizetti exploits in an opera featuring a title role that's both brilliant and daunting.