The theme of the evening has been freedom, its processes and struggles and joys, whether iterated in the poetry-music of Scriabin and Beethoven or in the great escape from darkness and injustice that is Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. The centerpiece of the show was Fidelio, flanked by choral preludes that speak of related themes, and two postludes, overatures that Beethoven ended up not using in the final version of his opera (which was revised and revised multiple times between 1804 and 1814).
A new tradition! A historic broadcast of Richard Wagner's Parsifal over Good Friday weekend.
A live 1960 performance from La Scala featuring: Rita Gorr (mezzo-soprano); Sandor Konya (tenor); Gustav Neidlinger (bass-baritone); Georg Stern (bass-baritone); Boris Christoff (bass); Andre Cluytens (conductor); La Scala Orchestra & Chorus.
Ich Sah Das Kind-Martha Modl (soprano); Ferdinand Leitner (conductor); Paris Opera Orchestra.
Grausamer!-Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano); Lorin Maazel (conductor); Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Khovanschina played by Sofia National Opera
Conductor: Emil Tchakarov
Prince Ivan Khovansky: Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)
Prince Andrey Khovansky: Zdravko Gadjev (tenor)
Prince Vasily Golitsin: Kaludi Kaudov (tenor)
Shaklovity: Stoyan Popov (baritone)
Dosifey: Nicola Ghuiselev (bass)
Marfa: Alexandrina Miltcheva (mezzo-soprana)
Public Scribe: Angel Petkov (tenor)
Emma: Maria Dimchevska (soprano)
Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde; Siegfried Jerusalem as Tristan; Matti Salminen as King Marke; Waltraud Meier as Isolde; Falk Struckmann as Kurwenal; Johan Botha as Melot; Marjana Lipovsek as Brangane; Peter Maus as the shepherd; Roman Trekel as the steersman; Uwe Heilmann as the young sailor; with the Chor der Berliner Staatsoper; Ernst Stoy, chorus master.
Mikhail Glinka's "Ruslan and Lyudmila," 1842 - the work that marked the birth of Russian national opera.
Libretto by the composer and Valeryan Shirkov after the poem by Alexander Pushkin.
Recording: Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre, 1978/79.
Grand Prince Svetozar - Valery Yaroslavtsev, bass
Lyudmila, Svetozr's daughter - Bela Rudenko, soprano
Ruslan, Kievan knight - Yevgeny Nesterenko, bass
Ratmir, Khazar prince - Tamara Sinyavskaya, mezzo-soprano
Farlaf, Varangian knight - Boris Morozov, bass
Gorislava, Ratmir's slave - Nina Fomina, soprano
1. Merce Dilette Amiche-Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano); Constantine Orbelian (Conductor); Philharmonia of Russia.
2. Les Vepres Siciliennes-Jacqueline Baumaire (soprano); Jean Bonhomme (tenor); Neilson Taylor (baritone); Ayhan Baran (bass); BBC Orchestra & Chorus; Mario Rossi (conductor); Ashley Lawrence (Ballet music conductor).
3. Blick' ich umher-Peter Mattei (baritone); Lawrence Renes (conductor); Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
4. Traume-Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Markus Bruck (bass-baritone); Donald Runnicles (conductor); Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin.