This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. Hear how this opera is really a vehicle for four gorgeous love duets, how opera companies protect their "gazillion dollar voices" from dangers on stage and what makes the brand-spanking-new production at the Metropolitan Opera so great.
He Sang/She Sang Bonus Episode: Head Over Heels with Diana Damrau
Merrin Lazyan's Pick (Diana Damrau, "Je veux vivre")
Jeff Spurgeon's Pick (Franco Corelli & Anna Moffo, "O nuit divine")
Mike Shobe's Pick (Anna Netrebko, "Amour, ranime mon courage")
This episode features excerpts from the following album:
Gounod: Romeo et Juliette (EMI Classics, 1994)
— Franco Corelli, tenor; Mirella Freni, soprano; Paris Opera Theater Orchestra conducted by Alain Lombard