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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, April 18, 2018

Week of April 18 - April 25, 2018



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


Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3:00am
Monday, April 23, 2018  12:00am

La Traviata


Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars in Verdi's "La Traviata," about a frail courtesan who sacrifices her happiness in order to spare her beloved (Michael Fabiano) and his family the strife that her reputation could cause them.
Length: 150


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Warm Weather Opera Worth Traveling For

Nowadays, the warm months are filled with a lot of compelling and original opera. This year, the music of Leonard Bernstein (1918–90) is omnipresent, to celebrate his centennial.  Apr 15, 2018



Unfractured Fairy Tales: ‘Cendrillon’ at the Metropolitan Opera

What truly created opening night success was Laurent Pelly’s production, which brought a theatrical confidence to the stage. The audience devoured it like a meal of desserts.   Apr 13, 2018

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 NEWS FROM AROUND THE 

WORLD OF MUSIC

Professor Beth Denisch

Many years ago, when I was a music student, I studied counterpoint; the textbook was dense and forbidding. My dear friend Beth Denisch, professor of composition at Berklee School of Music, has produced a book on counterpoint that is clear and even beautiful, a bargain at twice the price.--Rosie

Contemporary Counterpoint: Theory & Application

(Music Theory: Counterpoint)

by Beth Denisch (Author)
Paperback – September 1, 2017


Interview with Beth Denisch by Fred Bouchard as a 

part of the Berklee Oral History Project.  

Recorded January 13, 2011.








How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain



Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music


Think Tax Season is Tough? Bach Wrote Something For That
The pious composer used one of Jesus' more famous lines (hint: it's the one about taxes) as the foundation of the cantata 'Nur jedem das Seine.'  Apr 17, 2018

The 20 Essential Schubert Recordings
Schubert was immensely prolific. He wrote every kind of music — symphonies, piano works, lieder. He’s got something for everyone. Here’s where to start. Apr 16, 2018

Study Explores Relationship Between Music Education and Academic Performance
A team of Dutch neuroscientists conducted the first longitudinal a study tracking the impact music education has on students' academic performance.  Apr 14, 2018

Listening to 'Soundtrack to Spring' From The New Yorker
Tom Gauld’s spring-themed cover features Beethoven, Vivaldi and Stravinski — and is utterly befitting of the season. Apr 13, 2018











The Sounds of War: Listening to Battle 
Music
Visual art and drama may spring to mind when you think of artistic depictions of war, but for several centuries, composers found a way to capture battles in music. Apr 12, 2018


Luciano Pavarotti sings Nessun Dorma,
click here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTFUM4Uh_6Y

Memories of Pavarotti From His Personal Butler
Simeon Rossett may have an understanding of the tenor unlike any others. Apr 11, 2018

Open Ears: Get to Know “the Dean of Black Women Composers”

Keith Lockhart Talks John Williams and the Boston Pops
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OPERA ON THE INTERNET
WITH 
DAVE D’AGUANNO

Coming up this Saturday (April 21), there are 2 operas being offered to us by the Met. First of all, the matinee broadcast this time around is a performance from last fall of Thomas Ades's newest opera "The Exterminating Angel" which many of you may have seen when it received an HD-transmission several months ago.
(www.wrti.org/)

Later on the same day -- at 7:55 p.m. -- you can hear a LIVE performance from the Met of Puccini's "Tosca" with Anna Netrebko in the title role and with her real-life husband Yusif Eyvazov in the tenor role of Cavaradossi.
(www.metopera.org/)

Besides the Ades opera, there's actually another 21st century British opera on Saturday's schedule as BBC Radio 3 brings us the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's latest: "Coraline." This so-called "children's opera" was heard just last month in London.
(www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/)

The Austrian station ORF, on the other hand, keeps us firmly in the mid-19th century with the February 11, 2018 performance from Berlin of Wagner's "Tristan & Isolde."
(http://oe1.orf.at/)

Two more 19th century operas appear on the schedule later on. One of them is "Benvenuto Cellini" by Hector Berlioz, as performed LIVE on Sunday in Paris.
(www.francemusique.fr/)

The other one happens to be yet another Met broadcast. On Monday evening at 7:25, the Met's FREE live audio-stream features Gounod's "Romeo & Juliette."
(www.metopera.org/)

Enjoy!

DAVE

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THE MET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
RADIO BROADCAST AT
 ON WQXR

APRIL 21, 2018
1:00 PM
The Exterminating Angel

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Adès; Luna, Echalaz, Matthews, Bevan, Coote, Rice, Davies, Kaiser, Antoun, Portillo, Moore, Gilfry, Burdette, Van Horn, Tomlinson
   
GO TO 
 HTTP://WWW.WQXR.ORG/STREAMS
 THEN CLICK ON WQXR 105.9 FM
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  WGBH THIS WEEK!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Week of April 12 - April 19, 2018





This Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12;30pm

Met - HD

Sonya Yoncheva

Luisa Miller

Verdi’s Luisa Miller, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, April 14. PlΓ‘cido Domingo stars in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

PlΓ‘cido Domingo


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


Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:00am
Monday, April 16, 2018  12:00am

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

A production of Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffmann," about the life, loves and psychological manifestations of the German Romantic author E.T.A. Hoffmann (Joseph Calleja). Antonia/Stella: Anna Netrebko. Olympia: Kathleen Kim. Giulietta: Ekaterina Gubanova.
Length: 180 

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Meet the Winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award: Christian Van Horn

This week, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award: bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. Apr 10, 2018
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 NEWS FROM AROUND THE 

WORLD OF MUSIC
The 5 Browns' Musical Rhapsody on the Steinway Factory Floor
The piano-playing quintet plays a Gershwin favorite at the birthplace of many a Steinway. Apr 10, 2018

Enjoy This Vintage Karajan Any Time of Year
Watch the Austrian conductor lead the Vienna Philharmonic in this 'Radetzky March' from the 1987 New Year's concert. Apr 4, 2018

6 More Concert Halls We Can't Look Away From
If these venues sound as great as they look, then ... they'll sound really, really good. Apr 3, 2018

Poll: Does Classical Music Need a Name Change?
James Williams of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra thinks referring to "classical music" as "orchestral music" is instrumental in attracting younger audiences. Apr 2, 2018

Joanne Polk Celebrates the Music of CΓ©cile Chaminade
In celebration of Women’s History Month, pianist and music professor Joanne Polk joined us in our studio to play works by women composers. Mar 31, 2018

What's the Deal with Do Re Mi? The Story of Solfège
That seven note pattern Maria von Trapp sang wasn't an arbitrary creation. Learn about the medieval origins of "do," "re" and "mi," and their syllabic siblings. Mar 30, 2018

Violist Wins Lawsuit Against Royal Opera House Over Hearing Loss
In a first-of-its-kind case, a U.K. court ruled the Royal Opera House is responsible for the hearing damage of one of its violists.  Mar 30, 2018

Must-See Classical Concerts This April
Dive into April’s not-to-be-missed classical music and opera offerings in New York City. Mar 29, 2018

The Best Classical Releases of March 2018
With four nor’easters and more than two feet of snow, March came in like a lion. Luckily, that gave us plenty of excuses to stay inside and curl up with dozens of new classical releases. Mar 29, 2018

It's All About Music and Math for This Teen Pianist
For New York Youth Symphony pianist Benjy Firester, music and math go hand in hand. Mar 28, 2018
Meet the Woman Behind Your Favorite Film Scores

Menahem Pressler Pays Tribute to 6 Decades of Inspiration


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OPERA ON THE INTERNET
WITH 
DAVE D’AGUANNO

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12), you can listen to a LIVE performance from Venice of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." This one is being made available to us on the "La Fenice Channel."
(http://www.lafenicechannel.it/)

Also on Thursday, the Met will be offering a free LIVE audio-stream of Massenet's "Cendrillon" which, as many of you know, will be receiving an HD-transmission later this month (April 28). Massenet's version of the popular Cinderella story features Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Alice Coote in the "trouser role" of the Prince.
(www.metopera.org/)

Radio 3 (RAI) brings us a LIVE performance on Friday of Bellini's "I Puritani" -- direct from Palermo.
(www.radio3.rai.it/)

Then on Saturday, many opera fans will be attending the LIVE HD-transmission from the Met of Verdi's "Luisa Miller" with a stellar cast which includes Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Placido Domingo. This performance may also be heard on several internet radio stations.
(www.wrti.org/)

There's even more Verdi available to us on Saturday as OperaVision brings us a video-stream from Oslo of "La Traviata." Actually, if you wish, you could still attend the "Luisa Miller" HD-transmission and save the "Traviata" for later on, since the video of the latter work will be available for your viewing pleasure for some time afterwards.
(https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/la-traviata)

Sunday (April 15) brings us two interesting offerings on internet radio. From Paris, there's a LIVE performance of Auber's "Domino Noir" which should delight those opera fans who have a special fondness for the works of Rossini & Offenbach, as Auber's style is something like a mixture of both.
(www.francemusique.fr/)

In a more serious vein, Radio 3 (RAI) brings us yet another LIVE performance, with the broadcast from La Scala of Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini."
(www.radio3.rai.it/)


Enjoy!

DAVE

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THE MET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
RADIO BROADCAST AT
 ON WQXR

APRIL 14, 2018
12:30 PM (NOTE EARLY START)
Luisa Miller
VERDI

de Billy; Yoncheva, Petrova, Beczala, Domingo, Vinogradov, Belosselskiy

   
GO TO 
 HTTP://WWW.WQXR.ORG/STREAMS
 THEN CLICK ON WQXR 105.9 FM
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  WGBH THIS WEEK!


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