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 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 18th April - Acis et Galatée by LullyAs the Metropolitan Opera takes a break this week, Vlad Smishkewych presents Lully’s final masterpiece and his last completed opera – Acis et Galatée. Jean-Paul Fouchécourt sings Acis and Veronique Gens (pictured) sings Galatée, in an acclaimed 1998 recording by the Les Musiciens du Louvre and Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of Marc Minkowski.

    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.)

    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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