Giuseppe Verdi

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
5:59 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Shakespeare Via Verdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Edward German

Shakespeare Memorial, Free Library of Philadelphia

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection 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 Romeo and Juliet. But it wouldn’t be Discoveries without a curve ball or three, so this month we offer another Fantasy-Overture of his, Hamlet.

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Opera on WRTI
3:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

It's Pavarotti in 1974 On WRTI! Verdi's LUISA MILLER, San Francisco Opera, Oct. 26, 1 PM

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in Verdi's LUISA MILLER

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 Luisa Miller. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Recorded Fall 1974, War Memorial Opera House.

Synopsis and interview with Luciano Pavarotti

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:36 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects

In his operas, Giuseppe Verdi had a knack for empowering marginalized people — like the title character of Aida, who is an enslaved Ethiopian princess (played in this 2011 French production by American soprano Indra Thomas).
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

Two hundred years ago this week, Giuseppe Verdi was born in an Italian town midway between Bologna and Milan. On the occasion of his bicentennial, All Things Considered 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. The answer, says conductor and arranger John Mauceri, is that Verdi had a knack for making thorny topics accessible.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:45 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare

Johan Botha as the title character and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera's fall 2012 run of Verdi's Otello.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:22 pm

This past week may have been a rough one for the classical world, but there is something to look forward to.

This coming week, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi, composer of the best opera of all time. (That's right, Wagner fans. Start writing those letters.)

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Opera on WRTI
7:12 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, Feb 16 at 1pm

Željko Lučić as Rigoletto
Ken Howard/Met Opera

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.

Synopsis

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The Metropolitan Opera's Season Begins!
8:22 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Met Opera: Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Dec. 8th at 1 pm

Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Anckarström, and Márcelo Àlvarez sings King Gustavo III in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's A Masked Ball. 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.

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.

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Classical
12:32 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Mark Pinto Recommeds...VERDI: COMPLETE BALLET MUSIC FROM THE OPERAS

Think you know your Verdi operas? With this month’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.

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