Opera on WRTI http://wrti.org en The Met Opera on WRTI: Strauss' ARABELLA, April 19, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-strauss-arabella-april-19-1-pm <p>Will she marry for love or money? Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romantic comedy that explores the fleeting charms of youth, opposite Michael Volle and Juliane Banse. Philippe Auguin conducts.</p><p>In the title role, Malin Byström, "elegant in both looks and tone, and sounding full and flexible, is uncannily reminiscent of Kiri Te Kanawa... her voice has silvery plush..."</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:51:46 +0000 WRTI Staff 7211 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Strauss' ARABELLA, April 19, 1 PM The Don Is Back! http://wrti.org/post/don-back <p></p><p>Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.&nbsp; As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia</strong></a>'s latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:45:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 7192 at http://wrti.org The Don Is Back! The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-giordanos-andrea-chenier-april-12-1-pm <p>After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. <strong>Saturday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.</strong><br /><br /><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/synopsis/andrea-chenier?customid=770" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a><br /> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:08:15 +0000 WRTI Staff 7180 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours http://wrti.org/post/two-leads-two-deaths-18-hours Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.<p>Friday evening she had sung the lead in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90063951/giacomo-puccini" target="_blank">Puccini</a>'s <em>Madama Butterfly</em>. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.<p>At 7:30 Saturday morning, she got a call from Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met. Groggy-voiced, Opolais said hello, and after a moment it became clear what was happening. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7179 at http://wrti.org Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours The Met Opera on WRTI: Puccini's LA BOHEME! April 5, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-puccinis-la-boheme-april-5-1-pm <p>Giacomo Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most-performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo in the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo. <strong>Saturday, April 5, 1 to 4 pm.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/synopsis/boheme?customid=772&amp;src=operainfo" target="_blank"><strong>&nbsp;Synopsis</strong></a></p><p>http://youtu.be/yVQNVoc2_Og</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:20:06 +0000 Jessica Schultz 7173 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Puccini's LA BOHEME! April 5, 1 PM Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company http://wrti.org/post/valkyries-ride-all-night-save-opera-company (<em>Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year</em><em>.) </em><p>American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/02/228171680/chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-new-york-city-opera-shuts-its-doors" target="_blank">folded in 2013</a> after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, <a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/19/san-diego-opera-fold/" target="_blank">San Diego Opera announced</a> that its current season, which ends in April, will be its last. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Mark MobleyNPR Music 7160 at http://wrti.org Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company Meet The Met Opera's New Mimi! http://wrti.org/post/meet-met-operas-new-mimi <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Jim Cotter 7145 at http://wrti.org Meet The Met Opera's New Mimi! Do You Know The First Figaro? http://wrti.org/post/do-you-know-first-figaro <p></p><p>Figaro, the wily barber of Seville, is portrayed in two great operas - the popular Rossini work that bears his name, and Mozart’s account of his marriage. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns takes us to <strong>Princeton's McCarter Theatre</strong> and rehearsals for two of the plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that originated the Figaro character.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:41:23 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 7148 at http://wrti.org Do You Know The First Figaro? The Met Opera on WRTI: Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, March 29, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-bellinis-la-sonnambula-march-29-1-pm <p>German soprano <strong>Diana Damrau</strong> stars as Amina opposite the rising Mexican tenor and bel canto specialist <strong>Javier Camarena </strong>as Elvino in Bellini’s sweet love story, with its unforgettable sleepwalking aria for the heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts.<strong> Vincenzo Bellini: <em>LA SONNAMBULA</em> (sung in Italian), Saturday, March 29, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM.</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:39:19 +0000 WRTI Staff 7134 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, March 29, 1 PM Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 7133 at http://wrti.org Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert