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THE 2017-18 MET OPERA SEASON:

http://www.metopera.org/Season/2017-18-Season/

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THE 2017-18 MET-HD SCHEDULE:

http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Week of February 22 - February 29, 2018


All links are live!


Met-HD
THIS SATURDAY, February 24, 2018,
12:30 PM 
Note earlier start time.
For tickets and locations http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/

La Boheme

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile MimΓ¬, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.
Duration: 2 hrs. 55 min.
Synopsis: http://www.metopera.org/Discover/Synopses/Synopses1/La-Boheme/





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This week on Rhode Island Public television:
WSBE: (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)


Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:00am
Monday, February 26, 2018  12:00am

La Donna del Lago

Rossini's "La Donna del Lago," about the daughter (Joyce DiDonato) of a nobleman (Oren Gradus) who has promised her hand to a highlander chief (John Osborn), though her heart belongs to a commoner (Daniela Barcellona, in a trouser role).
Length: 180 minutes













An Analysis of the Metropolitan Opera’s New Season
The Metropolitan Opera has just announced the repertory and casting for its 2018–19 season, and Fred Plotkin is looking forward to next year with great enthusiasm. Feb 15, 2018


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 NEWS FROM AROUND THE 
WORLD OF MUSIC

Listen: PlΓ‘cido Domingo on why opera will live forever
The legendary performer is back at Covent Garden to conduct Puccini's Tosca with The Royal Opera


 
ElΔ«na Garanča and Anna Netrebko
Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča Lift You Up With a Delibes Classic
The two sopranos's "Flower Duet" just made our day a whole lot better.Feb 21, 2018

The 20 Essential Debussy Recordings
With so many interpretations of Debussy committed to recordings — including a few by the composer himself — it can be hard to find the good stuff. That’s why we did the legwork for you. Feb 18, 2018

 Celebrate the Lunar New Year With Wu Man on the Pipa
Happy Lunar New Year! Watch pipa player Wu Man perform a traditional composition in celebration of the Chinese holiday. Feb 16, 2018
 Get to Know These 7 Traditional Chinese Instruments
Producer Noel Morris presents the series “Passage to the Middle Kingdom,” which features conversations with several accomplished musicians who play traditional Chinese instruments. Feb 15, 2018
‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Season 4: Our Character Power Rankings
A completely subjective, non-scientific ranking of where the “Mozart” crew stands heading into Season Four. Feb 15, 2018
Now We’ve Seen It All: Watch a Concerto for Ping-Pong and Orchestra
Andy Akiho's “Ricochet” is a triple concerto for violin, percussion and ... ping-pong. And it’s exactly what you didn't know you needed to hear. Feb 15, 2018


Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – La BohΓ¨me: Michael Fabiano In Top Form Alongside Splendid Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem & Others

  
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OPERA ON THE INTERNET
WITH 
DAVE D’AGUANNO

For many opera fans, the upcoming HD-transmission on Saturday of Puccini's beloved "La Boheme" will be of primary interest. This LIVE performance from the Met features soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi and tenor Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo -- certainly two of the most popular young singers before the opera public today. The performance can also be heard on many internet radio stations.

Also on Saturday, for those of us who may prefer to listen to something other than Puccini's admittedly gorgeous masterpiece, there's Handel's opera seria "Ariodante" (premiered in 1735) which can be heard on ORF (Austria) in a performance from Vienna.

Then again, instead of Puccini, one might turn to Verdi, as Swedish Radio will be broadcasting a performance from Stockholm of "Aida."

Aside from the Saturday afternoon performances mentioned above, there are two other broadcasts in the days ahead that may certainly be of interest to many opera-lovers. One of these would be the Thursday (February 22) LIVE broadcast from Barcelona of Gounod's "Romeo & Juliette" which can be heard on Spain's Radio Clasica.

On Sunday (February 25), French Radio will be airing a LIVE performance from Paris of what seems to be one of the most-performed operas from the 20th century: Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."

Enjoy!


DAVE


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THE MET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
RADIO BROADCAST AT
 ON WQXR

Note early start: 12:30 PM
La Bohème
PUCCINI
Armiliato; Yoncheva, Phillips, Fabiano, Meachem, Lavrov, Rose, Plishka
  
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NO OPERA ON
  WGBH THIS WEEK!



SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 15 - February 22, 2018




All links are live!



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This week on Rhode Island Public television:
WSBE: (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)


Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 3:00am
Monday, February 19, 2018  12:00am


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET

Iolanta; Bluebeard's Castle
A double bill marries Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta," about a blind princess who has a psychological awakening, with Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle," in which a bride ponders what lies beyond seven locked doors in her new husband's castle.
Length: 180










A World of New Operas
As opera companies stumble over one another announcing their 2018–19 seasons, Fred Plotkin is heartened by what’s new. Feb 12, 2018



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 NEWS FROM AROUND THE 
WORLD OF MUSIC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
RENEE FLEMING!



Sheku Kanneh-Mason's Record Breaking Moment
The 18-year old musician is the youngest cellist to crack the Top 100 U.K. Charts. Feb 9, 2018

10 Powerful Uses of Classical Music in Olympic Figure Skating History
With the 2018 Winter Games underway, and figure skating inevitably at the center of the action, we’re celebrating our favorite uses of classical music in skating performances. Feb 8, 2018



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Bernstein in Berlin: Watch the Maestro Conduct Beethoven's Ninth After the Fall of the Wall
On the Christmas Day following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bernstein led German, U.S., U.K., U.S.S.R. and French musicians in an inspiring performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Feb 8, 2018


How Steven Banks Learned That No Black Classical Musician Is Alone
The saxophonist and educator Steven Banks speaks about his experience as a black man in classical music.  Feb 8, 2018


Merry at the Met: Stephen Costello and Yoon Kwon Costello
We asked tenor Stephen Costello and violinist Yoon Kwon Costello about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

From One to Another: Thea Musgrave and Peter Mark
We asked conductor Peter Mark and composer Thea Musgrave about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

Hot Dogs by Candlelight: Gregg Kallor and Dasha Koltunyuk
We asked composer Gregg Kallor and pianist Dasha Koltunyuk about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 13, 2018

A Dynamic Piano Duo: Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung
We asked pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 13, 2018

Chambers of the Heart: Amy Schroeder and Felix Umansky
We asked violinist Amy Schroeder and cellist Felix Umansky about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 13, 2018
A Cheeky Love Duet: Lucas Meachem and Irina Meachem
We asked baritone Lucas Meachem and pianist Irina Meachem about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 13, 2018

This Triple Concerto Proves that We Need More Ping Pong in the Orchestra
Andy Ahkiho's 'Ricochet' is a triple concerto for violin, percussion and... ping pong. And it's exactly what you didn't know you needed to hear. Feb 13, 2018



RenΓ©e Fleming's Perfect ‘Song to the Moon’
On her birthday, we're delighting in the soprano's performance of the ultimate love song, the "Song to the Moon" from DvoΕ™Γ‘k's 'Rusalka.' Feb 13, 2018

Mr. Lincoln Goes to the Opera
On the way to his first inauguration, Abraham Lincoln made a pit stop in New York City to see the popular new Verdi opera that had just reached American shores. Feb 9, 2018

Giving Classical the Boot(leg): A Brief History of Illicit Recording
For certain music enthusiasts, of all concert souvenirs, the bootleg recording is the most covetable. Jennifer Gersten traces the impact of unauthorized recordings in classical music. Feb 9, 2018


It Takes Two: Five Great Piano and Violin Duos

Zweden and the NY Phil 18–19 Season: Amiable and Innovative
The New York Philharmonic’s impressive 2018–19 season announcement puts Jaap van Zweden’s still-to-begin tenure as music director in a new light. Feb 14, 2018

For the Love of Lieder: Ailyn PΓ©rez and Matthew Curran
We asked soprano Ailyn PΓ©rez and bass Matthew Curran about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

The Ol' Date-and-Switch: Brian Zeger and Ben Moore
We asked composer Ben Moore and pianist Brian Zeger about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

Swooning Over Chopin: Orli Shaham and David Robertson
We asked pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

Romance at Marlboro: Jan Vogler and Mira Wang
We asked cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

A Decent Proposal: Julia Bullock and Christian Reif
We asked soprano Julia Bullock and conductor Christian Reif about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

Tacos Are Love: Amanda Majeski and Sam Handley
We asked soprano Amanda Majeski and bass-baritone Sam Handley about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018



Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna and their daughter Malèna

A Powerful Elixir: Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak
We asked tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

A Cinderella Story: Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader
We asked mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack and tenor Alek Shrader about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018

Patricia Racette and Beth Clayton

Valentines Every Day: Patricia Racette and Beth Clayton
We asked soprano Patricia Racette and mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love. Feb 14, 2018




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OPERA ON THE INTERNET
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DAVE D’AGUANNO



During the next few days,  it's Radio 3 (RAI) that leads the way with THREE opera broadcasts, the first one being offered tomorrow (Thursday) with a LIVE performance from Turin of the Richard Strauss "shocker" "Salome." Then on Saturday (Feb. 17), it's Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" as performed LIVE in Naples. The third RAI broadcast comes to us on Sunday, as the Italian Radio station has scheduled a LIVE performance from Rome of Bellini's "La Sonnambula."


If you happen to be a Bellini fan and the "La Sonnambula" broadcast on Sunday isn't enough to satisfy you, you have the option of tuning in to French Radio which, unfortunately, is offering competition at the exact same time with a LIVE broadcast of the earlier "Il Pirata" -- a performance that will be taking place in Bordeaux.

Then, if you absolutely MUST listen to yet another performance of "Carmen," you can check out the LIVE performance from Liege of the Bizet masterpiece.


Vying for your attention on Saturday is the LIVE Met broadcast of Wagner's "Parsifal."

The Met also has a LIVE free audio-stream scheduled for Monday (Feb. 19) at 7:25 p.m. of Rossini's "Semiramide" with soprano Angela Meade singing the title role, as she will also be doing when the Met transmits a complete performance of this opera in HD at movie theatres on March 10.

From another American opera company, a LIVE broadcast of Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" -- direct from the Lyric Opera of Chicago -- can be heard on Sunday on WFMT.


Enjoy!

DAVE


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THE MET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
RADIO BROADCAST AT
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PARSIFAL
WAGNER
NÉZET-SÉGUIN; HERLITZIUS, VOGT, MATTEI, NIKITIN, PAPE

 

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 THEN CLICK ON
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