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 15 February 2014

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    Opera Night

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York - Die Frau onhe Schatten – Richard Strauss

    Strauss’s magical opera returns to the Met starring Anne Schwanewilms, Christine Goerke, Torsten Kerl and Johan Reuter, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski

    Saturday 25th April - Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana &  Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
    Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) play the unlucky heroines. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium for tonight’s broadcast. (Pictured Marcelo Alvarez as Canio in Pagliacci. Photo Anne Deniau, Metropolitan Opera.)

    Saturday 2nd May - Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
    Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David Alden’s film noir-inspired production. (Pictured Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."  Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    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. 

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
      Composer: R. Strauss
      Performer(s): Vladimir Jurowski; Anne Schwanewilms (The Empress), Christine Goerke (The Dyer's Wife), Ildikó Komlósi (The Nurse), Torsten Kerl (The Emperor), Johan Reuter (Barak)
      Performer(s): Vladimir Jurowski; Anne Schwanewilms (The Empress), Christine Goerke (The Dyer's Wife), Ildikó Komlósi (The Nurse), Torsten Kerl (The Emperor), Johan Reuter (Barak)
      Album: EBU RECORDING, EBU RECORDING
      Duration: 240:00

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