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    Saturday, 7 - 10pm

    Maria Callas Competition

    To celebrate the release of the 69-CD Warner Music boxset Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings, Opera Night are delighted to offer you the chance to win a complete set.

    This 69-CD deluxe box set contains all the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Each recording has been painstakingly remastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios using the original tapes, on Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond speakers, and the entire collection has been curated with the greatest of care. It also contains a 136-page hard-back book with essays, a biography and chronology, rarely-seen photos and reproductions of revealing letters written by Maria Callas, Walter Legge and other EMI executives. The opera librettos and aria texts are provided on a CD-ROM.

    We've also got two runners-up prizes of tickets of a copy of Pure Maria Callas - a sampler of some of her great recordings. Plus tickets to see The Life, Loves & Music of Maria Callas in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 16th November, which brings to the stage the life story of the great opera diva. Starring Claire Rutter as Maria Callas, direct from her success as Aida at The Royal Albert Hall with the magnificent UK tenor James Edwards and leading Irish baritone Simon Morgan as Aristotle Onassis & her husband Battista Meneghini.

    To enter our competition, just email your name and details to operanight.lyricfm@rte.ie. We'll announce the winners here next week.


    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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    Saturday 4th October - Fierrabras by Franz Schubert

    Bernard brings us to the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg. for Franz Schubert's rarely performed Fierrabras, an heroic-romantic opera in three acts based on an old French epic.

    Michael Schade takes the lead role with Dorothea Roschmann as Florinda. The Vienna State Opera chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. This production was recorded in August 2014. (Pictured - Michael Schade © Salzburger Festspiele  Monika Rittershaus)


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