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Metropolitan Opera announces operas to be broadcast in HD during 2011-12 season

The 2013-14 Met Season:


MET-HD Schedule: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Week of April 17 - April 24, 2014


This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE:  (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)

Saturday, April 19 -- 8:00pm; Sunday, April 20 -- 3:00am; Monday, April 21 -- 12:00am
In this new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In "The Enchanted Island," the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Placido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand.
Opera's 'Oscars'

David Hyde Pierce and Joyce DiDonato Host the Opera News Awards

COMING in Met HD on April 27, 2014

Così fan tutte

Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

Maestro James Levine

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014
Operatic Selfie For The Ages 
At Opera News Awards
A LEGENDARY night at the Opera News Awards tonight at the Plaza Hotel! Overwhelming in many ways, but particularly as James Levine introduced his dear friend, Christa Ludwig! #Emotional! Oh ... and Ellen Degeneres? Eat your heart out:

Tenor Michael Fabiano Named as Winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award

San Diego Opera Board Member Makes $1 Million Donation to Encourage Voiding of Shutdown Vote

APRIL 9 2014

See Otto Schenk’s Masterpieces at the Met Opera While You Still Can

Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By Fred Plotkin
In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.


New York City's Metropolitan Opera is being extremely generously towards all opera-lovers this week, as two LIVE audio-streams are on tap, in addition to this Saturday afternoon's LIVE broadcast. This Saturday's offering is "Arabella" by Richard Strauss, while Bellini's "Puritani" can be heard tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 17) and Rossini's "Cenerentola" turns up on Monday evening's schedule. The Rossini work, by the way, will be featuring Joyce Di Donato in the title role and will be shown LIVE in area movie theatres on May 10 with the same cast.

If the Met's LIVE broadcast of "Arabella" doesn't exactly appeal to you, perhaps this same opera (on ORF) will capture your interest, since it stars Renee Fleming in the title role, with ample support from baritone Thomas Hampson in the role of Mandryka. The performance in question was heard in Dresden last Saturday (April 12).

The Belgian station Klara, on the other hand, will be broadcasting the world premiere of Philippe Boesmans's newest opera: "Au Monde." It's a performance from Brussels, a video of which will shortly become available online!

Enjoy! -- And a Happy Easter to you as well!


The March 15, 2014 HD-transmission of Massenet's "Werther" in now on YouTube -- (but without subtitles)


The Met 
Saturday afternoon radio broadcast 


April 12, 2014 12:00 pm ET
Auguin; Byström, Kühmeier, Saccà, Volle, Winkler



Rhode Island Civic Chorale Chamber Choir: 

Intimate Songs of the Heart

Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:00 PM, Redwood Library and Athenaeum: 50 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840

Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:00 PM, First Baptist Church in America: 75 North Main Street Providence, RI 02903

Featuring the music of Bolcom, Brahms and Lauridsen 
Tickets are $12 at the door. Call (401) 521-5670 to reserve. 
Note: tickets will not be sold for the Sunday May 4, 2014 concert. 
A free will offering will be taken.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece
Dear Friends,
Please join us on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM for our next concert at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Providence.  We invite you to hear our presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s masterpiece, Elijah, featuring our chorus, orchestra, four distinguished, internationally acclaimed soloists and members of the Chorus of the Community College of RI, Dr. Joseph Amante, Conductor.  Completed in 1846, one year before his untimely death, Mendelssohn had begun work on the oratorio ten years earlier, but it might never have been written except for the close ties he had with the English musical community. He established that relationship in 1829 when, at the age of 20, he visited London as both pianist and composer.  The success of his St. Paul, in 1836, prompted Mendelssohn to contemplate another oratorio.  In 1845, the director of the Birmingham Music Festival proposed that Mendelssohn write a new oratorio for presentation the following year.  Large choral works such as oratorios were staples at the festival.  He went to England himself to conduct the work, presented in a quickly written English translation (later revised).  The performance provided one of the great triumphs of his career and ensured Elijah’s position as one of the great oratorios of the 19th century.  Elijah has no unbroken narrative thread but is, rather, a series of tableaux depicting scenes from the prophet’s life interspersed with prayers or prayer-like meditations.  Mendelssohn described the process this way, “With a subject such as Elijah, the dramatic must predominate…and the contemplative, moving aspect…must be conveyed through the words and moods of the characters.”  Dramatic scenes, such as God’s appearance to the prophet, provide many of the musical highpoints, and the opportunity to set these events to music was what most attracted Mendelssohn to the subject of Elijah.  I will, in future notes leading up to our performance on May 17, comment on various aspects of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio and his religious beliefs, as well as include short bios of our wonderful solo artists: Diana McVey, Soprano; Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-soprano; Kirk Dougherty, Tenor and Stephen Bryant, Bass-baritone, who portrays the title role.
 Stephen Bryant
Stephen Bryant, Elijah

My association with my good friend and colleague, Stephen Bryant, goes back to our graduate school days at the University of Michigan.  Since then, Stephen has gone on to have a stellar career as a performer here and abroad and a much sought-after voice teacher.  His distinguished career in opera Stephen Bryanthas taken him around the world, with acclaimed performances in the US, Europe and Asia. He has sung with the New York City Opera and the Santa Fe Opera, and with orchestras such as the New York and Japan Philharmonics. He was nominated for a Grammy® in 2009 for "Best Opera Recording" in Tan Dun's Marco Polo. He has performed roles such as Colline in La Bohème, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Figaro in La Nozze di Figaro.  Recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with Princeton Pro Musica; and Verdi’s Requiem with the Washington National Opera Orchestra under the auspices of the Defiant Requiem Foundation.
On the opera stage he has appeared in numerous roles with New York City Opera, most recently in productions of A Quiet Place and Intermezzo during the 2010-11 Season. Other opera performances include Mr. Gobineau in The Medium at the Spoleto Festival USA; Robert Gonzales in Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera; Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Michigan Opera Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, and Toledo Opera; George Milton in Of Mice and Men with Arizona Opera; and Indiana Elliot’s Brother in Thomson’s The Mother of Us All with Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Bryant holds a Master's degree from the University of Michigan, and is on the voice faculty at William Paterson University.

I hope to see you at our concert on May 17. This will be the RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra’s first performance of Elijah since the spring of 1987.  I promise you a spectacular evening!

Yours truly,

Edward Markward, Music Director
Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra
Edward Markward, Music Director
Diana McVey, Soprano
Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-soprano
Kirk Dougherty, Tenor
Stephen Bryant, Bass-baritone as Elijah
Members of
Chorus of CCRI
Dr, Joseph Amante, Conductor
Saturday, May 17, 2014
7:30 PM
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
30 Fenner Street 
Providence, RI 02903

from WCRB 88.7 in Boston (WGBH)

Avi Avital, Mandolin

Avi Avital

April 7, 2014

After bursting on the scene two years ago with a recording of music by J.S. Bach, Avi Avital brings virtuosity on the mandolin to a collection of pieces born the intersections of disparate genres and regions of the world.

To hear an interview and performance in WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7unHZPsMtx0

Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs the daunting Sonata in B minor by Franz Liszt in WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio. Download the performance for free on the Classical Performance Podcast. Cick here: http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Classical-Performance-Podcast-391/episodes/Hamelin-Plays-Liszt-51203

2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Yuja Wang, pianist

Schubert-Liszt, "Gretchen am Spinnrade," S.558/8