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Arts Tonight Monday 25 March 2013

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Arts Tonight 25 March 2013

Arts Tonight 25 March 2013

Roger Parker on the history of opera (programme playback)

Arts Tonight 25 March 2013: History of Opera

Arts Tonight 25 March 2013: History of Opera

"How can this art form which logically seems preposterous, inspire such emotion?" The story of opera is explored this evening with Roger Parker, co-author, with Carolyn Abbate, of A History of Opera: The Last 400 Years (Allen Lane). We also drop in on rehearsals for Opera Briefs, meeting Kathleen Tynan of the Royal Irish Academy of Music which is collaborating with the Lir, the National Acadamy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, on a double bill of Benjamin Britten's Phaedra and Jake Heggie's For a Look or a Touch. The production, which runs from 25-27 March, 2013, at the Lir, is directed by Gavin Quinn and features singers Imelda Drumm and Owen Gilhooly (both PhD students at the RIAM) and actor Daniel Reardon. The students of the RIAM make up the orchestra and the Lir stage design students worked on the set and costumes for the production. See

Recorded music on the programme: Ebben? Nel andro lontano from Catalani’s La Wally, sung by Maria Callas; Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma sung by Joan Sutherland; Papagena from Mozart’s Magic Flute, sung by Michael Kraus and Lotte Leitner; the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen, sung by Robert Merrill; O Inferno!... Sento avvampar nell’anima from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, sung by Joseph Calleja; an extract from Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries; an extract from Richard Strauss’s Cappriccio recorded by Orchester der Bayerishchen Staatsoper in Munich, 1942; Macushla, sung by John McCormack; Al Dolce Guidami Castel Natio from Ana Bolena by Donizetti, sung by Maria Callas; an extract from Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mackie Messer, from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, sung by Lotte Lenya.

Coming up on Monday 1 April 2013

We replay our programme in which the life and work of the late historian Tony Judt, author of Post-War, Ill Fares the Land, The Memory Chalet, is discussed, with guests writer and critic Fintan O'Toole, Yale historian Timothy Snyder, and editor of the New York Review of Books, Robert Silvers -- who stays on to discuss his 50 years editing that publication.


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