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.