Wagnerian Night starting with Tannhauser. To contrast the demands of the Wagnerian soprano, Ortrud's Curse from Lohengrin was played alongside Isolde's Liebestod. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the world premiere of Richard Strauss's Capriccio, the program included the opera's finale.
1. Wie Todesahnung-Peter Mattei (baritone). Lawrences Renes (conductor). Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
2. Tannhauser-Helga Dernesch (soprano). Christa Ludwig (mezzo). Rene Kollo (tenor). Victor Braun (baritone). Hans Sotin (bass). Sir Georg Solti (conductor). Vienna Philharmonic.
An exploration of 19th Century Russian artistic identity. Looking at the creations of Borodin and Pushkin, we examined questions of foreignness, Russianness, exoticism, and nationalistic hostility, all the while comparing the composer's opera, Prince Igor, to the author's extended poem, "The Captive of the Caucasus." Personnel for the opera: Ivan Petrov as Igor Svyatoslavich, Tatyana Tugarinova as Yaroslavna, Vladimir Atlantov as Vladimir Igoryevich, Artur Eisen as Vladimir Galitsky, Alexander Vedernikov as Konchak, and Yelena Obraztsova as Konchakovna.
A Renata Tebaldi Tribute. Il Trittico-Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Simionato, Merrill, Corena. Lamberto Gardelli conducting the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2) Don Carlo-Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Christoff. Sir Georg Solti conducting the Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera Chorus. Act 5. 3) La Boheme-Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Bastianini. Tullio Serafin conducting the Orchestra e Coro dell'Academia di Santa Cecilia, Roma. From "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" to the end of Act I. Co-hosted with Stepan Atamian.