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 9 November 2013


    Opera Night - Cristina, regina di Svezia

    Recorded live at Wexford Festival Opera 2013. The life and reign of Queen Christina of Sweden provides the inspiration for Jacopo Foroni's opera Cristina, regina di Svezia.

    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. (Pictured - Stephanie Blythe as Baba the Turk, Photo: Jack Vartoogian/Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday 16th May 

    Bernard Clarke presents Mozart’s Idomeneo in a recording from Vienna State Opera. 

    Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ is a lyrical tragedy, considered to be Mozart’s greatest choral opera. It was composed in the baroque tradition of the opera seria; however, Mozart excels at giving it new traits and forms. He also exerted his influence on the dramaturgy, shortened parts to increase their effect, increased the suspense with a dense use of instruments and wrote the marvellous ballet music. Starring Chen Reiss, Margarita Gritskova, Carlos Osuna, Michael Schade, Maria Bengtson and Sorin Coliban. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 

    Music Played on the Show

    • 21:05
      Title: Piano Sonata In F Major (2nd Movement) Adagio
      Performer(s): Haydn, Franz Josef
      Performer(s): Haydn, Franz Josef
      Duration: 4:14

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