James Morris's Wagnerian Voyage

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

James Morris as Wotan in 'Die Walkure' James Morris as Wotan in 'Die Walkure' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Today, a “Wagner Trifecta,” with Marilyn Horne and her guest, bass-baritone James Morris. They talk about Wagner’s “big three” roles for bass-baritones – Wotan, the Flying Dutchman and Hans Sachs – and about two larger-than-life singers who influenced Morris: Italian bass Cesare Siepi and German bass-baritone Hans Hotter. 

We also hear from James Jorden, opera critic for the New York Post and editor of the online opera magazine parterre.com. And we meet a 15-year-old "SuperOperavore": Melanie Spector, who’s a high school sophomore from Leonia, NJ.

Talk to us! Need help untangling who’s who in The Ring? If you have a question, any question about opera you’re dying to ask, call (347) 878-1059 and leave your question for our opera swami, Fred Plotkin. Or leave a comment below. Then keep listening. The next question Fred answers may be yours.

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John Smilgin from Seattle, WA

Love your station! So happy I found it and am spreading the news way out here in Seattle.


Apr. 06 2013 01:38 PM

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