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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann and Mariusz Kwiecien in Verdi's 'Don Carlo' Jonas Kaufmann and Mariusz Kwiecien in 'Don Carlo' (Royal Opera House/Catherine Ashmore)

This week on The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt, our host has selected examples of operatic male bonding, including the army buddies in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Puccini’s struggling artists in La bohème, and the idealist champions of freedom in Verdi’s Don Carlo.

The American-born soprano Anna Moffo is "Diva of the Day." Moffo was movie star beautiful and had the voice to match. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy when she was offered the lead in a 1956 TV production of Madame Butterfly and she was an overnight sensation. Moffo made her American debut a year later in La bohème playing opposite Jussi Björling at the Chicago Lyric Opera. Voigt will play excerpts of Moffo’s performances in works by Puccini, Verdi and Villa-Lobos.

Program playlist:

Agrippina: "Col Peso Del Tuo Amor"
George Frideric Handel
Sunhae Im, soprano
Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin
Rene Jacobs, conductor

La Boheme: "Si. Mi chiamano Mimi"
Giacomo Puccini
Anna Moffo, soprano; Richard Tucker, tenor
Rome Opera Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Cosi fan tutte K. 588: "Secondate, aurette amiche"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Frank Lopardo, tenor; Olaf Bar, baritone
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; London Voices
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

La boheme: "Pensier profondo ..."
Giacomo Puccini
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Rolando Panerai, baritone; Gianni Maffeo, baritone; Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Don Carlo: "Dio, che nell'alma infondere"
Giuseppe Verdi
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Franco Vassallo, baritone
Parma Opera Orchestra
Pier Giorgio Morandi, conductor

Die Walkure: "Ride of the Valkyries"
Richard Wagner
London Symphony Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Medea: "Dei tuoi figli la madre tu vedi"
Luigi Cherubini
Gwyneth Jones, soprano
Vienna Opera Orchestra
Argeo Quadri, conductor

La Traviata: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici"
Giuseppe Verdi
Anna Moffo, soprano; Richard Tucker, tenor
Rome Opera Chorus; Rome Opera Orchestra
Fernando Previtali, conductor

Cherubin: "Vous parlez de peril, de crime"
Jules Massenet
June Anderson, soprano
Munich Radio Orchestra
Pinchas Steinberg, conductor

Pearl Fishers: "Sur la greve en feu"
Georges Bizet
Paris National Opera Orchestra; Paris National Opera Orchestra Chorus
Georges Pretre, conductor

Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: Aria
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Anna Moffo, soprano
American Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Vocalise, Op. 34/14
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Anna Moffo, soprano
American Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Comments [2]

Terrence Dineen from Manhattan

Deborah Voigt is an excellent commentator. I wish the Metropolitan Opera would replace Margaret Junthwaite and Ira Siff with Ms. Voigt. She is far more comfortable as a radio announcer than either of the current two.

Jan. 24 2015 12:52 PM
Steve Devlin from Providence, RI

These "Soprano" shows are excellent. Is there any way for WQXR to make them available as podcasts? I'd love to replay them while commuting. Thanks. Sustainer.

Jan. 24 2015 12:37 PM

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