Tonight's program featured an exclusive interview with Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. Hailed as the leading Strauss soprano of her generation, Ms. Pieczonka is currently starring at The Metropolitan Opera as Chrysothemis in Patrice Chéreau's legendary production of Richard Strauss's Elektra. After the interview, we marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with Verdi's final opera Falstaff, which also featured Pieczonka as Alice Ford.
The program began with a feature on Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, who has just concluded a very successful run as Amelia in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra opposite Placido Domingo, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Joseph Calleja.
O Mio Fernanda-Shirley Verrett (mezzo-soprano); Eve Queler (conductor); Opera Orchestra of New York.
Medea In Corinto-Marisa Galvany (soprano); Joan Patenaude (soprano); Molly Stark (soprano); Allen Cathcart (tenor); Robert White (tenor); Thomas Palmer (baritone); Newell Jenkins (conductor); Clarion Concerts Chorus and Orchestra.
Today's program featured an exclusive interview with phenomenal bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, as well as a ticket giveaway to the Columbia University New Opera Workshop's upcoming performances of John Eccles's The Judgment of Paris.
The first three hours of the program were centered on various depictions of the Rape of Lucretia. Following that, we heard arias sung by Mirella Freni, whose birthday is February 27th.
The Rape of Lucretia-Claire Booth (soprano); Susan Gritton (soprano); Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano); Hilary Summers (contralto); Ian Bostridge (tenor); Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone); Benjamin Russell (baritone); Christopher Purves (bass-baritone); Oliver Knussen (conductor); Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble.
Ophelia - Beverly Sills
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, dir. John McCarthy
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Charles Mackerras
Thaïs - Beverly Sills
Athanaël - Sherrill Milnes
Nicias - Nicolai Gedda
Palémon - Richard van Allan
Servant of Nicias - Brian Ehtridge
Crobyle - Ann-Marie Connors
Myrtale - Ann Murray
Albine - Patricia Kern
La Charmeuse - Norma Burrowes
John Alldis Choir, dir. John Alldis
New Philharmonia Orchestra, dir. Lorin Maazel
Anita - Lucia Popp
Araquil - Alain Vanzo
Remigio - Gérard Souzay
Ramon - Michel Sénéchal