Libuše-Gabriela Benackova-Capova (soprano); Vaclav Zitek (baritone); Leo Marian Vodicka (tenor); Rene Tucek (baritone); Karel Prusa (bass); Zdenek Kosler (conductor); Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra.
Mussorgsky, "The winds are howling"; "Songs and Dances of Death":
Boris Christoff, bass
French National Radio Orchestra
Dir. Georges Tzipine
Rachmaninoff, "The Covetous Knight":
Albert: Lev Kuznetsov, tenor
Money Lender: Aleksei Usmanov, tenor
Servant: Ivan Budrin, bass
Baron: Boris Dobrin, baritone
Duke: Sergei Yakovenko, baritone
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dir. Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Rachmaninoff, "Francesca da Rimini":
Shade of Vergil: Mikhail Maslov, baritone
Dante: Alexander Laptev, tenor
Francesca: Makvala Kasrashvili, soprano
Paolo: Vladimir Atlantov, tenor
For tonight’s program, I decided to go with an Asian theme (within Western opera), from India to China. First we started off with Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi; then we listened to Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (The Nightingale), a fairytale set in Ancient China; finally we concluded with selections of arias sung by the renowned Chinese soprano Ying Huang!
The last installment of our exploration of the Monteverdi trilogy through unorthodox recordings.
Gia che sorta e felice-Gloria Banditelli (mezzo-soprano); Leroy Villanueva (baritone); Alan Curtis (conductor); Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca.
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria-Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano); Kathleen Kuhlmann (contralto); James King (tenor); Vinson Cole (tenor); Robert Tear (tenor); Thomas Allen (baritone); Jeffrey Tate (conductor); Tölzer Knabenchor; RSO Wien.
Part Two of our exploration of the Monteverdi Trilogy through unorthodox recordings.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea-Sena Jurinac (soprano); Gundula Janowitz (soprano); Margarita Lilowa (mezzo-soprano); Gerhard Stolze (tenor); Otto Wiener (baritone); Herbert von Karajan (conductor); Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Chorus.
Part 1 of our exploration of the Monteverdi Trilogy by playing editions of Monteverdi's opera that shun historical authenticity. This week, Carl Orff's 1940 edition of L'Orfeo was the focus of discussion.
1) L'Orfeo (Orff)-Lucia Popp (soprano); Rose Wagemann (mezzo-soprano); Hermann Prey (baritone); Karl Ridderbusch (bass); Kurt Eichhorn (conductor); Bavarian Radio Choir; Munich Radio Orchestra.
An exclusive feature on beloved Metropolitan Opera star Lucine Amara. Now 90, Ms. Amara reflects on her career, discusses her current position as Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, and gives advice to the next generation of singers.
The program was primarily focused on operatic adaptations of Georg Büchner's literary works. Following that, we played Carlo Bergonzi recordings to commemorate his death exactly one year before. Next week, we will be dedicating an entire program to the great soprano Lucine Amara, whom we have interviewed for the program. Don't miss it!