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 22 June 2013

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    Opera Night - Verdi's Macbeth

    It is not the last word in sophistication, it sometimes lurches back and forth between breathless, barrel-thumping choruses and highly nuanced and thoughtful character studies, but Macbeth is extraordinarily exciting and testament to the young Verdi's desire to really trying something new. This week's Opera Night has a performance from the Lyon Opera House from winter of last year and features the Lyon Opera Chorus & Orchestra under conductor Kazushi Ono. The soloists include Evez Abdulla, baritone, as Macbeth; Riccardo Zanellato, bass, as Banco (Banquo); and Dmytro Popov, tenor, as Macduff...

    Verdi famously maintained he wanted a "she devil" in the role of Lady Macbeth-find out how rising Russian soprano Iano Tamar copes with this lady of pure evil.

    Saturday March 28th - Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
    New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman’s production evokes the moors and castles of Scotland for Donizetti’s melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini. (Joseph Calleja in Lucia di Lammermoor Photo c\o Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera) 

    Saturday April 4th - Verdi’s Ernani 
    James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love. (Angela Meade in Ernani - Photo by Marty Sohl and Metropolitan Opera)

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:11
      Title: Macbeth: Act I
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Duration: 49:12
    • 20:05
      Title: Macbeth: Act Ii
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Duration: 31:53
    • 20:41
      Title: Macbeth: Act Iii
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe
      Duration: 33:44
    • 21:12
      Title: Arabian Waltz
      Performer(s): Abou-Khalil, Rabih
      Performer(s): Abou-Khalil, Rabih
      Duration: 8:30

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