This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE: (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109,
and Verizon 478)
Nixon in China
Great Performances at the Met
Saturday, May 18 -- 8:00pm; Sunday, May 19 -- 3:00am; Monday, May 20 -- 12:00am
Nixon in China
Composer John Adams conducts the Met premiere of his acclaimed opera "Nixon in China," about the 37th U.S. president's historic 1972 visit to communist China. Baritone James Maddalena, who created the role of Nixon in the original 1987 production, stars.
DURATION: 180 MIN
DETAILS: [CC] [STEREO]
GENRE: PARENTS PICKS
Now that the Met's broadcasts for this season have ended, NPR will be taking up the gauntlet by presenting a series of radio broadcasts from Lyric Opera of Chicago. This coming Saturday (May 18), it's Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" with baritone Thomas Hampson singing the title role in a performance that originally took place this past October.
Another Italian opera making its way onto the schedule this Saturday is Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" which is coming to us from the Paris Opera in a performance that took place earlier this month. Soprano Violeta Urmana sings the title role, and the opera can be heard on French Radio.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier's rarely heard opera from 1693 -- "Medea" -- is on tap for us on BBC Radio 3, as it was performed as part of English National Opera's past season, with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in the title role.
Jumping way ahead into the 21st century, we've got the world premiere of Alois Broder's new opera on German Radio. As performed on February 2 of this year at Theater Erfurt, "Wives of the Dead" is actually based on a tale of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Please remember: You can always check www.operacast.com every Saturday to get the most up-to-date information on the Saturday afternoon broadcasts available on internet streaming.
2013 Summer encores of
Live in HD Broadcasts
Live in HD Broadcasts
2013-14 Live in HD
"Through the voices of the chorus, Verdi mirrors all of humankind; through the voice of the soprano he mirrors each of us individually." Rolando on Verdi's Requiem.
Rolando Villazón's top ten Verdi moments
Have a look at Rolando's interview on Classic FM, where he shares 10 of his favorite Verdi moments.
If you get a chance to hear Liudmyla
Monastyrska, grab it. Her voice is rich, immense and beautiful, with a tremendous range, from exquisite high notes to a deep, wonderful contralto's chest voice. She bears a passing resemblance to Anna Netrebko but they are distinct. I heard her sing Aida at the Met; and just last week, saw her sing the part of Abigaille in the HD broadcast from the Royal Opera of Nabucco with Placido Domingo. It won't be an easy name to remember but write it down; you won't want to miss her. To hear her sing "Salgo gia del trono aurato" from Nabucco, click on this link:
Some interesting articles
Me + You ... My next album!
Virgin/EMI is helping celebrate my 10 years of recording by releasing a double-disc of my "greatest hits". But I want YOU to help me produce it.
1st phase: Help me name the album / Vote on your favorite!
2nd phase: Help me choose the tracks!
3rd phase: Send me your photos!
4th phase: Send me your quotes to make up the liner notes!
Stay tuned HERE for the updates, voting, details, etc ... It's you and me, babe!!
"I WANT YOU TO JOIN IN HELPING TO PRODUCE MY NEXT ALBUM!!!!!", she said with great excitement and punctuation! Stay tuned for the various phases of this project ~ and let's have a BLAST with this! Cheers! Joyce
Mozart Comes to America!
New post on Classic Talk: Eric Owens (born July 11, 1970, Philadelphia) is an American operatic bass/baritone
Opera, Part One: Badassery
Scene Last Night: Joe Torre, Neubauers at Bat on Met Opera Gala
Metropolitan Opera Presents Wagner's `Ring' Cycle
Jonas Kaufmann’s Tough Roles Fueled by Water, Gummi Bears
Welsh National Opera chorus in Senedd performance
German Nazi-themed opera cancelled after deluge of complaints
Wagner opera to revive language of Buddha
Rise Stevens, Mezzo-Soprano Star of ‘Carmen,’ Dies at 99
The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House under construction in Taiwan
Friday, June 14, 2013 — 8:00pm
To hear her play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOY2NQdFHuc&feature=player_embedded
The super-gifted young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti recently came out in favor of hard work and fewer choices for kids. She says that when she speaks to young people (well younger people, Benedetti is only 25 herself!), they’re always amazed that she still practices 4 and 5 hours a day. Yes, she maintains, it does require hard work to achieve your goals!
Plus she says, some kids (of affluent parents) have too many choices and are often allowed to switch instruments on a whim or when they become bored with their initial choice, thus depriving the child of the deep satisfaction of hard work paying off. Which, if you ask Nicola, is the essence of real fun!
Read more about her: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/may/05/nicola-benedetti-violin-pushy-parents
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