Opera Night

    Saturday, 7 - 10pm

    Each Saturday, from December to May, RTÉ lyric fm brings you the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts direct from New York. The 84th season begins on December 6, 2014, with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 9, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

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    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 25th April - Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana &  Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
    Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) play the unlucky heroines. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium for tonight’s broadcast. (Pictured Marcelo Alvarez as Canio in Pagliacci. Photo Anne Deniau, Metropolitan Opera.)

    Saturday 2nd May - Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
    Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David Alden’s film noir-inspired production. (Pictured Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."  Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday 9th May - Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress
    James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, with its wondrous neo-classical score. Paul Appleby adds another leading role as Tom Rakewell, opposite Layla Claire as Anne Trulove, Stephanie Blythe as the bearded lady Baba the Turk, and Gerald Finley as the devilish Nick Shadow. 

    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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