Giuseppe Verdi http://wrti.org en Shakespeare Via Verdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Edward German http://wrti.org/post/shakespeare-verdi-strauss-tchaikovsky-edward-german <p><strong>Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection</strong> broadcasts Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 5-6 pm on WRTI and wrti.org. Shakespeare continues to live, and if you were to name an orchestral work based on one of his plays, we wouldn’t blame you for coming up with one of the most popular works in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>. But it wouldn’t be Discoveries without a curve ball or three, so this month we offer another <em>Fantasy-Overture</em> of his, <em>Hamlet</em>. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Kile Smith 6752 at http://wrti.org Shakespeare Via Verdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Edward German It's Pavarotti in 1974 On WRTI! Verdi's LUISA MILLER, San Francisco Opera, Oct. 26, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/its-pavarotti-1974-wrti-verdis-luisa-miller-san-francisco-opera-oct-26-1-pm <p>Tune in for a treat on Saturday, October 26 at 1 pm. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in a San Francisco Opera archival production of Giuseppe Verdi's<em> Luisa Miller. </em>Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Recorded Fall 1974, War Memorial Opera House.</p><p><a href="http://sfopera.com/Watch-Listen/Archive-Broadcasts/Luisa-Miller;-1974.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis and interview with Luciano Pavarotti</strong></a></p><p>http://youtu.be/VVTx8JTXa2Q</p><p><strong>Cast:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:43:02 +0000 WRTI Staff 6601 at http://wrti.org It's Pavarotti in 1974 On WRTI! Verdi's LUISA MILLER, San Francisco Opera, Oct. 26, 1 PM Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects http://wrti.org/post/verdis-gift-wringing-catchy-music-touchy-subjects Two hundred years ago this week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16927552" target="_blank">Giuseppe Verdi</a> was born in an Italian town midway between Bologna and Milan. On the occasion of his bicentennial, <em>All Things Considered</em> wanted to know what makes the great opera composer so enduring — why his work is still so frequently discussed and performed these two centuries later. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:36:00 +0000 NPR StaffNPR Music 6553 at http://wrti.org Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare http://wrti.org/post/how-verdi-improved-shakespeare <em></em>This past week may have been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/03/228921298/its-been-a-really-bad-week-for-classical-music" target="_blank">a rough one for the classical world</a>, but there is something to look forward to.<p>This coming week, we celebrate the 200th birthday of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16927552/giuseppe-verdi" target="_blank">Giuseppe Verdi</a>, composer of the best opera of all time. (That's right, Wagner fans. Start writing those letters.)<p>I'm talking about Verdi's spectacular rendering of <em>Othello, the Moor of Venice. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Arun Rath 6542 at http://wrti.org How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/lyric-opera-chicago-wrti-verdis-rigoletto-june-29-1-pm <p>This is a world where murder’s a sport and debauchery’s a way of life. At its rotten core reigns the Duke of Mantua, a serial seducer who’s out to conquer anyone in skirts—from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his noblemen friends. Aiding his boss in the game and cheering him on when he scores is Rigoletto, the despised court jester. Only one person brings him joy—his innocent daughter Gilda, whom he keeps behind locked doors and guards with his life.</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:12:08 +0000 WRTI Staff 6141 at http://wrti.org Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM The Met Opera: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, Feb 16 at 1pm http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-verdis-rigoletto-feb-16-1pm <p>Michael Mayer’s bold new production locates Verdi’s tragedy of lust, betrayal, and revenge in Las Vegas in 1960. Željko Lučić sings the title role and Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter, who falls under the spell of Piotr Beczala’s womanizing Duke.</p><p><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/history/stories/synopsis.aspx?customid=702">Synopsis</a></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:21:53 +0000 WRTI Staff 5132 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, Feb 16 at 1pm The Met Opera: Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Dec. 8th at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-verdis-un-ballo-maschera-dec-8th-1-pm <p>A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's <em>A Masked Ball.</em> Conspirators want the Swedish monarch Gustav III dead — and suspected adultery plays right into their murderous plans. The king is in love with his best friend's wife, and she's in love with him. Desperate to extinguish her ardor, she turns to a sorceress for help, but too late! The secret's out and a devastated husband takes his revenge.</p><p>Verdi is at the peak of his musical and dramatic genius as he delves deeply into the psyches of three people who love, yet destroy, each other.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:22:14 +0000 WRTI Staff 4851 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera: Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Dec. 8th at 1 pm Mark Pinto Recommeds...VERDI: COMPLETE BALLET MUSIC FROM THE OPERAS http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-recommedsverdi-complete-ballet-music-operas <p>Think you know your Verdi operas? With this month&rsquo;s selection, featuring the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Jose Serebrier on the podium, you might be surprised at how much music Giuseppe Verdi wrote for his operas that is rarely heard in public today.<br /> Thu, 31 May 2012 16:32:00 +0000 Mark Pinto 3937 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Recommeds...VERDI: COMPLETE BALLET MUSIC FROM THE OPERAS