The Metropolitan Opera 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 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 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! 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 The Met Opera on WRTI: Massenet's WERTHER, March 15, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-massenets-werther-march-15-1-pm <p>Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.</p><p>http://youtu.be/PzKhikZ4oVE</p><p><em>Werther </em>is "another success for Mr. Kaufmann, currently the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera... Mr. Kaufmann is ideal in the role. He sings with dark colorings, melting warmth, virile intensity and powerful top notes." (<i>New York Times</i>)</p><p>Sophie Koch, "in her overdue Met debut... brings a plush, strong voice and aching vulnerability to Charlotte... [She] sang with gleaming intensity." (<i>New York Times</i>)</p><p>"Alain Altinoglu led a beautifully restrained account of the score, drawing supple, deep-textured and nuanced playing from the Met orchestra." (<i>New York Times</i>)</p><p><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/features/infocus-werther" target="_blank"><strong>An article about the opera</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/synopsis/werther?customid=794" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a></p><p><strong>CAST:</strong></p><p><strong>Conductor</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?tessid=6928&amp;perf=12656" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl01_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">Alain Altinoglu</a><br /><strong>Sophie</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?tessid=6772&amp;perf=12656" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl02_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">Lisette Oropesa</a><br /><strong>Charlotte</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?tessid=6565&amp;perf=12656" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl03_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">Sophie Koch</a><br /><strong>Werther</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/artists/jonas-kaufmann" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl04_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">Jonas Kaufmann</a><br /><strong>Albert</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?tessid=7547&amp;perf=12656" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl05_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">David Bižic</a><br /><strong>La Bailli</strong>: <a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?tessid=474&amp;perf=12656" id="ctl00_MainContent_CurrentPerformanceSecondaryContent_performanceTeamDetails_rptPerformanceTeam_ctl06_rptIndividualCredit_ctl00_hlCrewMemberBioLink" target="_blank">Jonathan Summers Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:17:51 +0000 WRTI Staff 7090 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Massenet's WERTHER, March 15, 1 PM The Met Opera on WRTI: THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, March 8, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-enchanted-island-march-8-1-pm <p>This week, we're back at our usual 1 pm start time! Tune in for the Met’s delightful Baroque fantasy<em><strong> THE ENCHANTED ISLAND.</strong></em> The opera returns after its critically acclaimed world-premiere run in 2011–12, bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, set to a brilliant new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s <em>The Tempest</em> and <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:26:52 +0000 WRTI Staff 7061 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, March 8, 1 PM The Met Opera on WRTI: Borodin's PRINCE IGOR, March 1 at 12 Noon http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-borodins-prince-igor-march-1-12-noon <p>There's an early start time for Saturday's Met Opera broadcast - it's 12 noon, an hour earlier than usual.&nbsp; This week, the Met Opera presents Alexander Borodin's defining Russian epic, <em><strong>PRINCE IGOR.</strong></em> Famous for its Polovtsian Dances, the opera comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:56:15 +0000 WRTI Staff 7043 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Borodin's PRINCE IGOR, March 1 at 12 Noon A Young, Independent Opera Star: Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili http://wrti.org/post/young-independent-opera-star-mezzo-anita-rachvelishvili <p></p><p></p><p>Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the <span class="text-class-22">title role for a season-opening new production of <em>Carmen</em> at La Scala</span>. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano <strong>Anita Rachvelishvili </strong>got her big break in 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.</p><p>http://youtu.be/x7pOuVsQ-qk</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:24:37 +0000 Jim Cotter 7039 at http://wrti.org A Young, Independent Opera Star: Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili