Opera Night

    Saturday, 7 - 10pm

    Maria Callas Competition

    To celebrate the release of the 69-CD Warner Music boxset Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings, Opera Night are delighted to offer you the chance to win a complete set.

    This 69-CD deluxe box set contains all the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Each recording has been painstakingly remastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios using the original tapes, on Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond speakers, and the entire collection has been curated with the greatest of care. It also contains a 136-page hard-back book with essays, a biography and chronology, rarely-seen photos and reproductions of revealing letters written by Maria Callas, Walter Legge and other EMI executives. The opera librettos and aria texts are provided on a CD-ROM.

    We've also got two runners-up prizes of tickets of a copy of Pure Maria Callas - a sampler of some of her great recordings. Plus tickets to see The Life, Loves & Music of Maria Callas in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 16th November, which brings to the stage the life story of the great opera diva. Starring Claire Rutter as Maria Callas, direct from her success as Aida at The Royal Albert Hall with the magnificent UK tenor James Edwards and leading Irish baritone Simon Morgan as Aristotle Onassis & her husband Battista Meneghini.

    To enter our competition, just email your name and details to operanight.lyricfm@rte.ie. We'll announce the winners here next week.

     

    Opera Night Saturday 27 September 2014

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    Opera Night with Bernard Clarke - Maria Callas "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, Opera Night profiles and celebrates the 'voice of the century' Maria Callas.

    Saturday 4th October - Fierrabras by Franz Schubert

    Bernard brings us to the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg. for Franz Schubert's rarely performed Fierrabras, an heroic-romantic opera in three acts based on an old French epic.

    Michael Schade takes the lead role with Dorothea Roschmann as Florinda. The Vienna State Opera chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. This production was recorded in August 2014. (Pictured - Michael Schade © Salzburger Festspiele  Monika Rittershaus)

     

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:01
      Title: Un Bel Di
      Composer: Puccini, Giacomo
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): La Scala Orchestra Milan
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 4:47
    • 19:08
      Title: I Puritani Excerpts
      Composer: Bellini, Vincenzo
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Rai Orchestra Turin
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings, Warner
      Duration: 7:15
    • 19:18
      Title: La Traviata Excerpts
      Composer: Verdi, Giuseppe
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Francesco Albanese/Ugo Savarese, Rai Orchestra Turin
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 16:00
    • 19:38
      Title: Lucia Di Lammermoor Mad Scene
      Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Giuseppe Di Stefano/Tito Gobbi, Florence Maggio Musicale Symphony
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 15:33
    • 19:55
      Title: Tosca Excerpts
      Composer: Puccini, Giacomo
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Tito Gobbi, La Scala Milan Symphony
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 29:10
    • 20:25
      Title: Norma Excerpts
      Composer: Bellini, Vincenzo
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): La Scala Milan Orchestra
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 11:43
    • 20:38
      Title: La Mamma Morta (Callas)
      Composer: Giordano, Umberto
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Philharmonia Orchestra
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 4:52
    • 21:01
      Title: Macbeth Excerpts
      Composer: Verdi, Giuseppe
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Philharmonia Orchestra
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 23:12
    • 21:26
      Title: Samson Et Dalilia Excerpts
      Composer: Saint-Saens, Camille
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): French Radio Symphony
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 14:52
    • 21:44
      Title: Carmen Excerpts
      Composer: Bizet, Georges
      Performer(s): Maria Callas
      Performer(s): Nicolai Gedda, National Opera Of Paris
      Album: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings
      Duration: 8:50

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