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    Opera Night Saturday 9 August 2014

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    Join Bernard Clarke this evening for Catalani's La Wally from the Grand Theatre in Geneva in a new co-production with Monte-Carlo Opera starring Barbara Frittoli

    Saturday August 8th
    Bernard Clarke brings us Mozart’s much loved the Magic Flute in a performance from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, recorded in March this year. Irish soprano Sinead Mulhern (pictured) made her Royal Opera House operatic debut in the role of First Lady in this production which also includes Anna Siminska  as Queen of the Night. Pavol Breslik, Markus Werba, Christiane Karg and Georg Zeppenfeld. The Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus was conducted by Cornelius Meister.  

    Saturday 15th August
    Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera went through a troubled evolution with many rewrites, different versions, indifferent performances, bankrupted theatres and his own worsening deafness.

    However the final version was successfully presented at the Kärtnertortheater in 1814 and a gala evening in September was organised for the crowned heads and leading political figures attending the Congress of Vienna to reorganise Europe after Napoleon’s abdication. With its appropriate central theme of liberation from tyranny, Fidelio has been part of the repertoire ever since.

    This week’s Opera Night has a classic performance of Fidelio and includes Helga Dernesch as Leonore, Jon Vickers as Florestan, Karl Ridderbusch as Rocco, Zoltán Kelemen as Don Pizarro, and José Van Dam as Don Fernando. The Chorus of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, and the Berlin Philharmonic are conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:43
      Title: La Wally Act Ii
      Composer: Catalani, Alfredo
      Performer(s): Ching-Lien Wu (Director)
      Performer(s): Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Grand Theatre Chorus
      Album: Recorded at Grand Théâtre, Genève (Broadcast 09/08/14), EBU
      Duration: 34:36
    • 20:19
      Title: La Wally Act Iii
      Composer: Catalani, Alfredo
      Performer(s): Ching-Lien Wu (Director)
      Performer(s): Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Grand Theatre Chorus
      Album: Recorded at Grand Théâtre, Genève (Broadcast 09/08/14), EBU
      Duration: 23:13
    • 21:15
      Title: Les Nuits D'Éte
      Composer: Berlioz, Hector
      Performer(s): Anne Sofie Von Otter
      Performer(s): Anne Sofie Von Otter, Berlin Philharmonic
      Album: Hector Berlioz, Deutsche Grammophon, 445 823-2
      Duration: 28:49
    • 21:44
      Title: Che Puro Ciel, Che Chiaro Sol
      Composer: Gluck, Christoph Willibald
      Performer(s): Derek Lee Ragin (Haut Contre)
      Performer(s): Derek Lee Ragin (Haut Contre), English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
      Album: Glluck: Orfeo ed Eurydice, Philips, 434 093-2
      Duration: 6:06
    • 21:51
      Title: Che Faro Senza Euridice
      Composer: Gluck, Christoph Willibald
      Performer(s): Janet Baker (Contralto)
      Performer(s): Janet Baker (Contralto), London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Album: Classic FM - Classic Romance, Classic FM Records, CFMCD13
      Duration: 4:40

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