Episode #8

Romeo And Juliet: All About The Love Duets

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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

Hosted by:

Merrin Lazyan and Michael Shobe


Jeff Spurgeon

Comments [2]

Franny Bavaro

That was great! We went to see Romeo and Juliette last week and LOVED it!
I loved listening to your he sang she sang #8 spirited broadcast about the opera past and present. Great choice of clips.

Jan. 17 2017 02:40 PM
Ellen L Lienhard from West Chester, PA

A very enjoyable podcast, I think especially for new listeners. I do wish the musical examples could have been in better French style, such as Alain Vanzo, Nikolai Gedda or best of all Jussi Bjoerling with Bidu Sayao. And why are the sound files not links?

Jan. 17 2017 02:36 PM

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