Opera Night with Paul Herriott

Opera Night with Paul Herriott

Saturday, 7 - 10pm

Opera Night Saturday 22 June 2013

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.

The Metropolitan Opera New York Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 87th season of Saturday broadcasts will once again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. You can hear the 2017/18 Season every Saturday from 7pm on Opera Night and for details of the season, view their schedule here

Saturday March 17th - Eithne by Robert O'Dwyer

Doireann Ní Bhriain presents a broadcast from October 2017 of Robert O'Dwyer's Eithne from the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In this romantic adaptation of a mysterious ancient Irish legend, the mortal son of Ireland's High King falls in love with the magical Eithne, daughter of the King of Tír na nÓg. A rare example of an opera with the libretto in the Irish language. Eithne stars internationally acclaimed artists soprano Orla Boylan (pictured) as Eithne, baritone Gavan Ring as the High King of Ireland and tenor Robin Tritschler as Ceart, Eithne's lover. The chorus of Opera Theatre Company and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Fergus Sheil. (This production was first broadcast on Saturday 14th October 2017)

Saturday March 24th - The Metropolitan Opera, New York presents Puccini's Turandot

Puccini's grand spectacle of legendary China stars Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Marcelo Alvarez as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Guanqun Yu, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Ronald Naldi are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Marco Armiliato. (Marcelo Alvarez as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot. Photo by Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera.)

Music Played on the Show


Title: Macbeth: Act I

Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe

Duration: 49:12


Title: Macbeth: Act Ii

Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe

Duration: 31:53


Title: Macbeth: Act Iii

Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe

Duration: 33:44


Title: Arabian Waltz

Performer(s): Abou-Khalil, Rabih

Duration: 8:30



Contact the Show

Presenter: Paul Herriott

Producer: Gail Henry

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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