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.
November 27, 2013
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Almira
Boston Early Music Festival
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Robert Mealy, conductor
Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, music directors
CAST: Ulrike Hofbauer (Almira); Amanda Forsythe (Edilia); Colin Balzer (Fernando); Tyler Duncan (Raymondo)
With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers -- when he was just 19 years old! Premiered in Hamburg, in 1705, the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.
December 4, 2013
GIACOMO PUCCINI: Le Villi (Charleston), La Boheme (Turin)
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston
Royal Theater, Turin
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra; Maurizio Barbacini, conductor
Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus; Renato Palumbo, conductor
CAST (Le Villi): Jennifer Rowley (Anna); Dinyar Vania (Roberto); Levi Hernandez (Guglielmo)
CAST (La Boheme): Erika Grimaldi (Mimi); Giorgio Berrugi (Rodolfo); Simone Alberghini (Marcello); Ekaterina Bakanova (Musetta); Federico Longhi (Schaunard); Gabriele Sagona (Colline); Matteo Peirone (Benoit/Alcindoro)
This unusual double bill, with productions from both sides of the Atlantic, features the drama that put Puccini on the map, Le Villi, along with one of the many that have kept him there ever since -- La Boheme.
December 11, 2013
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK: Armide
Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam
Netherlands Opera Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Ivor Bolton, conductor
CAST: Karina Gauvin (Armide); Frédéric Antoun (Renaud); Karin Strobos (Phénice); Ana Quintans (Sidonie); Andrew Foster-Williams (Hidraot); Diana Montague (Hate); Sébastien Droy (Danish Knight); Henk Neven (Ubalde)
Regarded as the most action-packed of Gluck's major operas, the drama also boasts a complex and fascinating title character and a uniquely flowing musical style. The composer considered it "perhaps the finest of all my works."
December 18, 2013
JULES MASSENET: Thérèse, La Navarraise
Wexford Festival (Ireland)
Wexford Opera Orchestra and Chorus
David Agler, conductor
CAST (Thérèse): Nora Sourouzian (Thérèse); Philippe Do (Armand de Clerval); Damian Pass (Morel); Brian Mulligan (André Thorel)
CAST: (La Navarraise): Nora Sourouzian (Anita); Philippe Do (Araquil); Brian Mulligan (Garrido); Damian Pass (Remigo)
Known primarily for a single, truly great opera -- Manon -- Massenet was in fact among the most versatile and prolific opera composers of his time. The two short dramas featured here are seldom heard today, but together they make a stunningly dramatic double bill.
December 25, 2013
Pre-empted for Christmas programming
January 1, 2014
W. A. MOZART: The Magic Flute
Drottningholm Court Theater, Stockholm
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Daniel Hardin, conductor
CAST: Christiana Karg (Pamina); Andrew Staples (Tamino); Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night); Carl Ackerfeldt (Papageno); Mari Eriksmoen (Papagena); Peter Rose (Sarastro)
A quick look at the story of Mozart's Magic Flute might suggest that it's a great opera for the kids. And it is! But it's also a very adult look at the conflict between lightness and dark, and how difficult it often is to distinguish which is which.