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    Maria Callas Competition

    To celebrate the release of the 69-CD Warner Music boxset Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings, Opera Night are delighted to offer you the chance to win a complete set.

    This 69-CD deluxe box set contains all the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Each recording has been painstakingly remastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios using the original tapes, on Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond speakers, and the entire collection has been curated with the greatest of care. It also contains a 136-page hard-back book with essays, a biography and chronology, rarely-seen photos and reproductions of revealing letters written by Maria Callas, Walter Legge and other EMI executives. The opera librettos and aria texts are provided on a CD-ROM.

    We've also got two runners-up prizes of tickets of a copy of Pure Maria Callas - a sampler of some of her great recordings. Plus tickets to see The Life, Loves & Music of Maria Callas in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 16th November, which brings to the stage the life story of the great opera diva. Starring Claire Rutter as Maria Callas, direct from her success as Aida at The Royal Albert Hall with the magnificent UK tenor James Edwards and leading Irish baritone Simon Morgan as Aristotle Onassis & her husband Battista Meneghini.

    To enter our competition, just email your name and details to operanight.lyricfm@rte.ie. We'll announce the winners here next week.


    Opera Night Saturday 16 August 2014


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    Bernard Clarke brings us to De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam for tonight's performance of Gluck's Armide.

    Saturday 4th October - Fierrabras by Franz Schubert

    Bernard brings us to the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg. for Franz Schubert's rarely performed Fierrabras, an heroic-romantic opera in three acts based on an old French epic.

    Michael Schade takes the lead role with Dorothea Roschmann as Florinda. The Vienna State Opera chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. This production was recorded in August 2014. (Pictured - Michael Schade © Salzburger Festspiele  Monika Rittershaus)


    Music Played on the Show

    • 20:26
      Title: Armide, Act Iv And V
      Composer: Gluck, Christoph Willibald
      Performer(s): Sébastien Droy (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, De Nederlandse Opera Chorus
      Album: Recorded at De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam (Broadcast 16/08/14), EBU
      Duration: 52:42
    • 21:45
      Title: Old Man
      Composer: Young, Neil
      Performer(s): Neil Young (Vocal, Guitar)
      Performer(s): Neil Young (Vocal, Guitar), The Stray Gators; James Taylor (Banjo); Linda Ronstadt (Vocal)
      Album: Harvest, Reprise, 7599-27239-2
      Duration: 3:24
    • 21:54
      Title: Two Songs Of The Venetian Merchant
      Composer: Rimsky Korsakov, Nikolay
      Performer(s): Dimitri Hvorostovsky (Bass)
      Performer(s): Dimitri Hvorostovsky (Bass), Kirov Orchestra
      Album: Songs and Dances of Death: Hvorostovsky, Philips, 4388722
      Duration: 5:13

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