The program began with an exclusive interview with American soprano Ailyn Pérez, who has just concluded a run as Musetta in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera. She will be returning to the Met next season, this time as Mimi. Special thanks to Silja Tobin & the Met's Press department for providing the Met Opera audio, Ed Hartley and Bob Huott for engineering the interview, as well as Jenny Wolf of Lenny's Studio for arranging the interview.
Moise Et Pharaon-Cecilia Gasdia (soprano); Shirley Verrett (mezzo-soprano); Robert Dumé (tenor); Jean Dupouy (tenor); Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone); Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone); Georges Pretre (conductor); Paris Opera Orchestra & Chorus.
Sibilar Gli Angui D'Aletto-Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone); Mario Bernardi (conductor); Ottowa National Arts Center Orchestra.
Non Piu Andrai-Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone); Georg Solti (conductor); London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Assur's Mad Scene-Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone); Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
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.