Opera Night

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    Opera Night Saturday 13 September 2014

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    Tonight Bernard presents Puccini's Manon Lescaut, opera in four acts after the novel by Abbe Prevost.

    Saturday 20th September - Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea

    Tonight’s opera was recorded at the Palais Garnier, Paris in June 2014. Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. The opera was premiered in Venice in 1642-43, but after a 1651 revival in Naples it remained unperformed for 250 years. This production stars Gaelle Arquez, Jael Azzaretti, Amel and Brahim-Djelloul. Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano. 

    Saturday 27th September - “Faint possibility for future” 

    This week’s Opera Night begins with a short note seeking an audition for a radio new talent programme in 1935:

    “The writer is a young soprano who has studied music and singing several years. Competent judges have pronounced my voice beautiful but with all that, it is so very difficult to find an opening, an opportunity for a real test to prove exactly what I can do. Your amateur hour I hope, may answer this need. Eagerly awaiting your reply, I remain, Very sincerely, Anita Duval.”

    Anita Duval got her audition. Under the name of “Nina Foresti”, the Amateur Hour Talent programme recorded a tape of her Un bel di from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. It was graded “D” and bore the comment “Faint possibility for future.” 

    “Anita Duvall” was Maria Callas. On the occasion of the release of Warner Classics’ new 69-CD deluxe box set of pristine remasters –a set that contains all of the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Opera Night profiles and celebrates the “voice of the century” Maria Callas… 

    Pictured at he recording of Carmen (c) Sabine Weiss

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:44
      Title: Manon Lescaut Act Ii
      Composer: Puccini, Giacomo
      Performer(s): Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Walter Zeh (Director), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
      Album: Recorded at Festival Hall, Baden-Baden (Broadcast 130914), EBU
      Duration: 41:26
    • 20:07
      Title: Der Ausflug
      Composer: Dopp, Andreas
      Performer(s): Andreas Dopp (Electric Guitar, Zither, Glockenspiel)
      Performer(s): Andreas Dopp (Electric Guitar, Zither, Glockenspiel)
      Album: Taiga Taxi, Blacklisted Records, BCD 080801-16
      Duration: 4:05
    • 20:28
      Title: Manon Lescaut Act Iii
      Composer: Puccini, Giacomo
      Performer(s): Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Walter Zeh (Director), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
      Album: Recorded at Festival Hall, Baden-Baden (Broadcast 130914), EBU
      Duration: 22:14
    • 20:51
      Title: Manon Lescaut Act Iv
      Composer: Puccini, Giacomo
      Performer(s): Massimo Giordano (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Walter Zeh (Director), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
      Album: Recorded at Festival Hall, Baden-Baden (Broadcast 130914), EBU
      Duration: 21:52
    • 21:14
      Title: The Diary Of One Who Disappeared
      Composer: Janacek, Leos
      Performer(s): Diane Atherton/Deryn Edwards/Susan Flannery
      Performer(s): Diane Atherton/Deryn Edwards/Susan Flannery
      Album: The Diary of One Who Disappeared
      Duration: 33:05
    • 21:51
      Title: Dolce E Calma
      Composer: Wagner, Richard
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Rai Orchestra Turin
      Album: The First Recordings
      Duration: 7:43

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