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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Week of May 25 - June 1, 2017

This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE:  (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)  
Now broadcasting two or three operas every weekend!

Great Performances at the Met

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:00PM
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 3:00AM

La Cenerentola

"La Cenerentola," Rossini's take on the Cinderella fairy tale, stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego Flórez as the dashing prince.
Length: 180

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00AM

Il Trovatore
Season 10 opens with Verdi's "Il Trovatore," in which long-lost brothers (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yonghoon Lee) compete for the affections of the same woman (Anna Netrebko). Dolora Zajick costars as Azucena, the gypsy with a dark secret.
Length: 180


The Metropolitan Opera Announces Chorus Auditions for the 2018–19 Season

The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus offer unique and rewarding career opportunities for highly qualified performers. Classically trained professional singers who have been invited to audition should be prepared to sing two operatic arias in different languages from memory. Selections should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to sing lyrically. An accompanist will be provided.

All applicants will be considered for Full Time (Regular) and Extra Chorus positions.

Applicants shall submit via email addressed to ChorusAuditions@metopera.org the following materials:

a cover letter requesting an audition; please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd audition session preference from the dates below; any union affiliation should be also be listed
a current one-page resume, including a photo/head-shot
an audio clip (MP3 file, no larger than 10 MB) of an operatic aria (no youtube clips or links)
a list of no more than 5 operatic arias, two of which will be selected as your audition pieces
PDF or JPEG copy of current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States.
Auditions will be granted by invitation only, and will be held at the following times:

Session #1       Tuesday, October 31st, 2017       1:45pm to 4:45pm

Session #2       Friday, November 3rd, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #3       Wednesday, November 15th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Session #4       Friday, November 17th, 2017       2:45pm to 5:45pm

Applications must be received on or before 12 midnight EST, Friday, September 1st, 2017.  Submissions received after this date, regardless of postmark or email transmission time, will not be considered.

Only applicants with current documentation proving the ability to work in the United States will be granted an audition.

Any singer who is offered employment and is not already a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) will be required to join AGMA.

All applicants will be notified as to whether an audition has been granted. No audition comments will be shared with the applicant.

Similar information about the auditions may be found by contacting the following:

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway 14th Floor
New York, NY  10018
(212) 265-3687

The Metropolitan Opera
Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master
Steven Losito, Chorus Administrator
Daniel Hoy, Incoming Chorus Administrator effective July 31st, 2017
Lincoln Center
New York, NY  10023

The Metropolitan Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Review: Heartbeat Opera's Tricky 'Butterfly' Adaptation
David Patrick Stearns reviews Heartbeat Opera's 'Madama Butterfly' adaptation. May 23, 2017

When Singers Switch Roles in the Same Opera
Fred Plotkin attends “The Little Foxes” at Manhattan Theatre Club and reflects on operas in which role switching is possible.  May 23, 2017

Where to Find Opera in Greater New York During Spring and Summer 2017
The spring and summer months provide plenty of opera options for those in and around New York City. We've got your warm months’ calendar for 2017. May 22, 2017


Tomorrow (May 25), two LIVE performances of Wagner's "Die Walkure" can be heard on internet radio, one from Nurnberg and the other from Stockholm. The latter performance features soprano Nina Stemme in the role of Brunnhilde, one which she sings once again on Saturday (May 27), when Swedish Radio brings us a LIVE performance from Stockholm of "Siegfried."
(Stockholm performances: http://sverigesradio.se/p2/)

There's even more Wagner on the way on Saturday when German Radio brings us a broadcast of the May 21st performance in Munich of "Tannhauser."

Italian opera fans need not despair, however, since Radio 4 (the Netherlands) has scheduled a recent performance from Amsterdam of Verdi's "Rigoletto."

On NPR, there's a performance from October 2016 of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" with tenor Piotr Beczala in the role of Edgardo. This is part of NPR's series of radio broadcasts from Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016/2017 season.

Not to be left out of the list of Italian opera broadcasts this Saturday, Radio 3 (RAI) has the February 19, 2017 performance from Palermo of Bellini's "Norma." Soprano Mariella Devia -- still singing, even after having made her Met debut back in 1979 -- takes on the title role in this one.



News from Around the World of Music

Is the Met Opera Too Big? And Other Questions as Its Home Turns 50

Editorial: 7 Ways The Metropolitan Opera Could Bring In New Audiences & Improve Customer Experience As It Struggles With Ticket Sales

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A Second Wind – Tenor Gregory Kunde On His Return To The U.S., His Major Career Shift & Making History

12 'Impressionist' Composers Not Named Debussy or Ravel
Debussy and Ravel dominate the impressionist discussion. If you like their music, chances are you'll love these pieces. Plus we talk about why "impressionist" is such a tricky term. May 17, 2017

Macron's Love of Classical and Commitment to Culture
Emmanuel Macron is a lover of classical music and, perhaps more importantly, of the preservation of culture. May 16, 2017

Watch: Stravinsky Recalls 'The Rite of Spring' Riot
Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" had one of the most infamous premieres in classical music history. Here's the composer speaking about that raucous 1913 evening. May 16, 2017

Watch: Take a Short Tour of Ravel's Home
BBC Three's Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosted a delightful tour of the French composer's home. May 15, 2017

In Her Own Words: Four Phenomenal Musicians on Motherhood and Music
For Mother's Day, we listen to a several talented musicians on what motherhood and music means for them. May 12, 2017

It's the Tranquility of the 'Goldberg Variations,' but for Guitar
Listen to Bach's "Goldberg Variations" performed on classical guitar. What do you think? May 12, 2017

In Studio: The Knights Perform Sufjan Stevens' 'Year of the Boar'
Several members of the orchestral collective The Knights came by the WQXR studios for a Facebook Live session. Hear an excerpt of their performance, Sufjan Stevens' "Year of the Boar." May 12, 2017

A Toothy Strongman Gets a Role at the Met Opera

The Met Saturday afternoon
 radio broadcast is on hiatus until December

but you can hear operas from the Royal Opera in Covent Garden and other operas around the world at 
1:00PM on WQXR

Go to:  http://www.wqxr.org/streams

Then click on 

WQXR 105.9 FM



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