Opera Night

    Saturday, 7 - 10pm

    Opera Night Saturday 18 May 2013

    Opera Night Saturday 18 May 2013

    Monteverdi's l'Orfeo

    Starting this week Bernard Clarke will explore recordings by the Belgian conductor René Jacobs, renowned for his performances of Baroque and early Classical opera.

    Tonight we’ll hear his superlative recording of L’Orfeo, Monteverdi’s telling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. First performed in 1607, Bernard examines the recent superlative recording by Jacobs with the Concerto Vocale, and Laurence Dale singing the title role.

    Saturday 5th December

    Puccini’s La Boheme direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss stars Maria Agresta, Ramón Vargas, and Bryan Hymel as the young Parisian lovers in the bohemian setting that brings the Latin Quarter to life on the stage of the Met. Paolo Carignani conduct the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.

    Saturday 12th December

    Verdi’s Rigoletto direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Željko Lucic sings the pinnacle role of the Italian baritone repertory in Michael Mayer’s electrifying production set in 1960 in a Las Vegas casino. Tenor Piotr Beczala sings the licentious Duke. Back from her triumphant Met debut in I Puritani, soprano Nadine Sierra is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter pursued by the callous Duke. Roberto Abbado conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi’s timeless tragedy.

    Saturday 19th December

    Rossini’s La Donna del Lago direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Joyce DiDonato reprises her stunning portrayal of the “lady of the lake” in Rossini’s dazzling bel canto showcase set in the medieval Scottish highlands. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is the king who pursues her. Rossini master Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus for the operatic adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s classic.

    Saturday 26th December

    Tonight a Triple Bill: Traditional Bolivian Indian Mission San Francisco Xavier, Domenico Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola and Jeffery Skidmore & Ex Cathedra

    Opera Night travels off the beaten track for a celebration of Latin American Baroque music. Mission San Francisco Xavier, organises a representative programme which may have been used to celebrate St. Francis Xavier. All the works are attributed to anonymous 18th century indigenous Bolivian composers who came into contact with Jesuits who imported European music and forms.

    Gabriel Garrido directs the Ensemble Elyma.

    Then we have another rarity Domenico Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola popularly known as a “Jesuit Opera for the new world”. Zipoli is remembered mainly for his sacred music, a good deal of which has been recorded, and he remains one of the best represented composers of the early days of the new world. Despite the fact that most music written in the new world at this time was a bit anachronistic, and it was hard for composers, in what was considered by Spain, culturally, as an insignificant back water, to keep up with cutting edge of new music being written in Europe, it is amazing how up-to-date Zipoli's short sacred drama, San Ignacio de Loyola is.

    The Ensemble Abendmusik are directed by James David Christie

    Finally we’ll be dipping into some magical and luminescent choral music from Latin America. Accompanying European missionaries across the ocean, Baroque music took on a life of its own, blending with local instruments (rainsticks, tambourines) and indigenous languages.

    Jeffery Skidmore directs his Ex Cathedra forces…

    Music Played on the Show

    • 21:31
      Title: El Noi De La Mere
      Performer(s): Traditional Catalan
      Performer(s): Traditional Catalan
      Duration: 3:47

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