Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

Enjoy Lane's reviews of opera performances within driving distance here!

2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi:  Falstaff
This production from the Royal Opera House last summer was updated to the 1950's for decor and costumes. Another really good cast features Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside as Sir John Falstaff and Mr. Ford, with Anna Maria Martinez as Alice Ford, Pamela Helen Stephen as Meg Page, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Dame Quickly.

Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites. May 11

Poulenc:  Dialogues of the Carmelites.  May 11
The production from 1980, an early Live from the Met broadcast, has stood up to time in very good health. Isabel Leonard is our latest Blanche de la Force, Karita Mattila is the Old Prioress, Mme. de Croissy, and Adrianne Pieczonka is the new Prioress, Mme. Lidoine.

Verdi: Aida. May 4

Verdi:  Aida.  May 4
This rebroadcast of the October 6 performance features the Aida of Anna Netrebko, the Radames of Alaksandrs Antonenko, and the Amneris of Anita Rachvelishvili, with Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro.

Wagner: Goetterdaemmerung. April 27

Wagner:  Goetterdaemmerung.  April 27
The final segment of Der Ring des Nibelungen begins 2 hours early, at 10 a.m. central time. Christine Goerke and Andreas Schaeger are Brunnhilde and Siegfried.

Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito. April 20

Mozart:  La Clemenza di Tito.  April 20
Mozart's final Opera Seria was written for the coronation of Austrian Emperor Leopold II in 1791. Joyce di Donato is Sesto in this production with Matthew Polenzani as Titus.

Wagner: Die Walkure

Wagner:  Die Walkure
Part 2 of The Ring of the Nibelungen starts one hour early both on the radio and at your local movie theater. Christine Goerke and Greer Grimsley are the warrior goddess and her father the king of the gods.

Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila. March 23

Saint-Saens:  Samson et Dalila.  March 23
Anita Rachvelishvili is Dalila with Gregory Kunde as Samson for the spring run of Samson and Dalila. Sir Mark Elder conducts this new production of Saint-Saens only opera that remains in repoertory.



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