World of Opera
7pm - 10pm
World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of centuries past as well as today's masterpieces.About the host:
Lisa Simeone hosts WDAV's nationally syndicated World of Opera and Spoleto Chamber Music 2010. She also hosts The Grainger foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series and the internationally syndicated documentary series Soundprint. Lisa has more than 25 years experience in radio and television, including stints with All Things Considered, Performance Today, Weekend Edition and The Metropolitan Opera.
Lisa began her career at WBJC in Baltimore and WETA in Washington, D.C. During her ten years at Baltimore's WJHU, she developed a loyal following for her unusual mix of programming — classical, folk and jazz, along with provocative reports, interviews and call-in shows on everything from anthropology and neuroscience to philosophy to media criticism. (But she confesses that her favorite reports were on bocce, The Hon Man of Baltimore and the virtues of a well-fitting bra!).
As a freelancer, Lisa has done voice-overs, narrations and hosting for the Discovery Channel, PBS and commercial enterprises. When she's not doing radio, Lisa writes for Style Magazine and the Urbanite, as well as book reviews and op-eds for The Baltimore Sun.
March 5, 2014
CHARLES GOUNOD: Romeo and Juliet
Royal Wallonie Opera, Liége
Royal Wallonie Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Patrick Davin, conductor
CAST: Annick Massis (Juliet); Aquiles Machado (Romeo); Patrick Bolleire (Frère Laurent); Pierre Doyen (Mercutio); Marie-Laure Coenjaerts (Stéphano); Laurent Kubla (Capulet); Xavier Rouillon (Tybalt); Christine Solhosse (Gertrude)
SYNOPSIS: Gounod's popular Faust is far better-known than this, later opera. Still, of the scores, if not hundreds, of musical takes on the iconic Shakespeare tragedy, Gounod's version of Romeo and Juliet is one of a bare handful that still hold the stage today -- making it a remarkable opera in its own right.
March 12, 2014
JULES MASSENET: Cendrillon
Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona
Grand Liceu Theater Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Andrew Davis, conductor
CAST: Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon); Alice Coote (Prince Charming); Ewa Podles (Stepmother); Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe); Annick Massis (The Fairy); Cristina Obregón (Noémie); Marisa Martins (Dorothée); Luis Cansino (The King)
SYNOPSIS: With apologies to Rossini, this may be the finest operatic representation of the classic fairytale, “Cinderella.” In any case, it’s the most faithful, and it also boasts one of Massenet’s most appealing scores.
March 19, 2014
GIUSEPPE VERDI: La Forza del Destino
Munich National Theater
Bavarian State Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Asher Fisch, conductor
CAST: Anja Harteros (Leonora); Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro); Ludovic Tézier (Don Carlo di Vargas); Vitaly Kovalyov (Marquis of Calatrava/Padre Guardiano); Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla); Francesco Petrozzi (Trabuco); Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone); Heike Grötzinger (Curra)
March 26, 2014
VINCENZO BELLINI: La Sonnambula
Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona
Grand Leceu Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Daniel Oren, conductor
CAST: Niana Damrau (Amina); Juan Diego Florez (Elvino); Nicola Ulivieri (Count Rodolfo); Eleonora Buratto (Lisa); Gemma Coma-Alabert (Teresa); Alex Sanmarti (Alessio)
SYNOPSIS: Better known for tragic dramas including Norma and I Puritani, Bellini also had a smash hit with this lighthearted romp, set in a village full of good intentions where even the thorniest problems are simple misunderstandings, easily solved. This production from Spain features one of the world's leading bel canto tenors, Juan Diego Florez.
April 2, 2014
GIOACHINO ROSSINI: Le Comte Ory
Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Stefano Montanari, conductor
CAST: Désirée Rancatore (Countess Adéle); Dmitry Korchak (Count Ory); Antoinette Dennefeld (Isolier); Patrick Bolleire (Governor); Philippe Sly (Raimbaud); Doris Lamprecht (Ragonde)
SYNOPSIS: Rossini's penultimate opera is based on a medieval ballad about randy knights set loose in a convent. This version of the story is a bit more polite, with the nuns turned into a castle full of faithful wives, chastely awaiting the return of their husbands.