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!
Treemonisha-Carmen Balthrop (soprano); Betty Allen (mezzo-soprano); Curtis Rayam (tenor); Willard White (bass); Gunther Schuller; Original Cast Orchestra & Chorus.
Street Scene-Helen Arden (soprano); Hope Emergson (mezzo-soprano); Ellen Repp (contralto); Irving Kaufman (tenor); Wilson Smith (bass); Maurice Abravanel (conductor); Original Cast Recording Orchestra.
Great Scenes From Gershwin's Porgy & Bess-Leontyne Price (soprano); John W.
Debussy: Pelleas - George Shirley, Melisande - Elisabeth Soederstroem, Golaud - Donald McIntyre, Arkel - David Ward, Genevieve - Yvonne Minton, Yniold - Anthony Britten, Doctor/Shepherd - Dennis WicksThe Royal Opera Chorus with The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Conducted by Pierre Boulez. Schönberg: Moses - Günter Reich, Aron - Felicity PalmerThe BBC Singers with the BBC Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Pierre Boulez
Guillaume Tell-Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano); Malin Byström (soprano); Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto); John Osborn (tenor); Gerald Finley (baritone); Frédéric Caton (bass); Matthew Rose (bass); Antonio Pappano (conductor); Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Saint Cecilia (Rome).