The Maid of Orleans-O. Kashervarova (soprano); Sofia Preobrazhenskaya (mezzo-soprano); V. Kilchevsky (tenor); N. Konstantinov (bass); Boris Khaikin (conductor); Orchestra & Chorus of the Leningrad Theatre (Kirov).
Nozze di Figaro Finale-Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Lucia Popp (soprano); Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano); Philip Langridge (tenor); Thomas Allen (tenor); Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone); Kurt Moll (bass); Georg Solti; London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Nozze finale was played to commemorate Mozart's death day.
An evening dedicated to the great dramatic soprano Maria Guleghina. Earlier in the day (just a few hours after she sang Tosca at the Met), she came to the studio to do an exclusive interview. A special thanks to Ms. Guleghina, Natalia Neumann, and Impresario for making this interview possible.
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!