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The Metropolitan Opera
11:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Met Opera Archival Broadcast: Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, March 23, 1 pm

Soprano Leontyne Price

Verdi's sprawling, moving drama, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, chronicles a noble family destroyed by powers beyond their control. In this classic performance, James Levine conducts a legendary cast, with Leontyne Price and Placido Domingo as the ill-fated overs. Archival performance from 1977, Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 pm.

Cast:
Leonora: Leontyne Price
Freziosilla: Rosalind Elias
Don Alvaro: Placido Domingo
Don Carlo: Cornell MacNeil
Fra Meutone: Renato Capecchi
Padre Guardiano: Martti Talvela

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The Metropolitan Opera
8:22 am
Sat March 16, 2013

The Met Opera: Zandonai's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, March 16 at 1 pm

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the title role in The Met's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI.

Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star as the tragic lovers in Riccardo Zandonai's melodic gem Francesca da Rimini, which is back on the Met stage for the first time in more than 25 years.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Francesca da Rimini Revived At The Met

 

There may be no other historical figure about whom more operas have been written than Francesca da Rimini.  The 13th-century Italian aristocrat has been the subject of more than a dozen eponymous works for the opera stage.  And, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, most of them get her story wrong.

In the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of the rarely performed Francesca da Rimini, which airs on WRTI on March 16th and will also be transmitted live in HD at movie theaters in our region, tenor Robert Brubaker (a Lancaster, PA native) sings Malatestino, a third brother also in love with Francesca who helps plot her demise.

Listen to Jim Cotter’s full interview with tenor Robert Brubaker

The Metropolitan Opera
2:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's DON CARLO, March 9th at 11 am

Ramon Vargas in the title role and Barbara Frittoli as Elisabeth de Valois

This powerful 2010 production of DON CARLO features a strong cast for Verdi’s epic vision of the Spanish Inquisition. Ramón Vargas sings the title role, joined by Barbara Frittoli, Anna Smirnova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Eric Halfvarson. Lorin Maazel conducts.

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The Metropolitan Opera
11:35 am
Sat March 2, 2013

The Met Opera: Wagner's PARSIFAL, March 2 at 12 pm

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in Wagner's PARSIFAL.

Wagner’s final masterpiece explores the many facets of this mystical score. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts. Saturday, March 2, * 12 noon to 6 pm (*note early start time).

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The Metropolitan Opera
3:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

The Met Opera: Bizet's CARMEN, Feb. 23 at 12:30 pm

The Metropolitan Opera's hit production of Georges Bizet's Carmen stars Anita Rachvelishvili, who made a sensational Met debut in the title role in 2010. "With her smoldering, earthy sexuality, she is ideal for the role" of the sultry gypsy (New York Times).

Nikolai Schukoff sings Don José, the soldier whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Ekaterina Scherbachenko is the loyal Micaëla and Dwayne Croft sings the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Michele Mariotti conducts. Saturday, February 23, *12:30 to 5 pm (note early start time).

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The Metropolitan Opera
12:22 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Met Opera: Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Feb. 9 at 1 pm

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings Adina

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Erwin Schrott sings Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts. Saturday, February 9th, 1 to 4 pm

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The Metropolitan Opera
7:32 am
Sat January 26, 2013

The Met Opera: Puccini's LA RONDINE, Jan. 26th at 1 pm

Kristine Opolais made “a spectacular Met debut” (New York Post). As Magda, she “brought creamy sound, pliant phrasing and floating high notes” to Puccini’s La Rondine. “A lovely woman and an affectingly natural actress, she has a plush voice with a throbbing richness that lends a touch of poignancy to every phrase she sings (New York Times).

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The Metropolitan Opera
6:49 am
Fri January 18, 2013

The Met Opera: Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA, Jan. 19th at 1 pm

Joyce DiDonato sings the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots
David Zobel

Joyce DiDonato's performance in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, "will be pointed to as a model of singing," full of  "plush richness and aching beauty," in this Met premiere production. Elza van den Heever is "a vocally burnished and emotionally tempestuous" Elizabeth (New York Times). Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, January 19th, 1 to 4 pm.
Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

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WRTI Spotlight
1:33 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's IL TROVATORE, January 12 at 1 pm

Patricia Racette as Leonora
Ken Howard The Metropolitan Opera

Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore returns to the Met in a revival the New York Times calls "rousing, satisfying, truly fun." Verdi’s intense melodrama includes some of the composer’s most memorable music. Patricia Racette is in the role of Leonora, Marco Berti sings Manrico, and Alexey Markov is the Count, with star mezzo Stephanie Blythe as the deadly gypsy Azucena. Saturday, January 12, 1 to 4 pm.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association

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