Opera Night Saturday 2 November 2013
Opera Night - live from Wexford Festival 2013
Saturday 2nd November 2013 - A double bill of Massenet live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013, Therese and La Navarraise
The story of Thérèse concerns three people who are forced by the brutal politics of the French Revolution to confront their relationships and to make life and death choices.
Thérèse: Nora Sourouzian
Armand de Clerval: Philippe Do
Morel: Damian Pass
André Thorel: Brian Mulligan
La Navarraise is an opera in the verismo tradition that depicted lower-class contemporary life. It is the story of Anita, a young woman from Navarre, who, like Thérèse, is caught up in historical events. Set during the civil war in Spain in 1874, Anita is fearful for the safety of the soldier she loves.
Anita: Nora Sourouzian
Araquil: Philippe Do
Garrido: Brian Mulligan
Remigio: Damian Pass
Friday 1st November 2013 - The Florentine Straw Hat by Nino Rota live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013
Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, described as a musical farce. Written in 1945 and sung in Italian, this opera is a witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventionalism of the French bourgeoisie. Here Rota’s musical style is akin to that of a latter-day Rossini, with elements of Puccini and Verdi. Nino Rota is perhaps best known as a film score composer, including the music for The Godfather films.
Conductor: Sergio Alapont
Fadinard, wealthy bridegroom: Fillipo Adami
Nonancourt, agriculturist: Salvatore Salvaggio
Beaupertuis: Filippo Fontana
Elena, daughter of Nonancourt: Claudia Boyle (pictured)
Anaide, wife of Beaupertuis: Eleanor Lyons
La baronessa di Champigny: Asude Karayavuz
Emilio: Owen Gilhooly
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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. (Please note that we will not be taking the Met broadcasts of Saturday January 6th and 20th, 2018.)
Saturday December 9th - Mozart's The Magic Flute live from the Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Mozart's Magic Flute. In tonight's English-language version of Mozart's enchanting masterpiece Evan Rogister conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Julie Taymor's spellbinding production. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved portrayal of the bird-catcher Papageno.
Saturday December 16th - The Metropolitan Opera presents Bellini's Norma
The 2017-18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, Angela Meade starring as the Druid priestess and Jamie Barton as her archrival, Adalgisa, a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. (Angela Meade as Bellini's Norma Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)