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An Operavore Christmas

December 19th


WQXR's Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.  Enjoy this delightful special on Saturday, December 19th following the Metropolitan Opera's production of Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel!


Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

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

2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Wagner: Das Rheingold. 9 February

This year's Ring Cycle begins with Greer Grimsley as Wotan in Das Rheingold.

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment. March 2

Actress Kathleen Turner portrays the Duchess of Krakenthorpe along with Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise de Berkenfeld at the beginning of Act III of this charming comedy, available in your local theater in a Live from the Met in HD broadcast as well as the radio broadcast. Pretty Yende and javier Camarena are the lovers Marie and Tonio.

Verdi: Rigoletto. February 23

The Met's infamous Rigoletto in Las Vegas production returns with Roberto Frontali in the title role with Nadine Sierra and Vittorio Grigolo as Gilda and the Duke of Mantua.

Mozart: Don Giovanni. February 16

One of the most perfectly-constructed operas ever written features Luca Pisaroni as the lecher title character and Ildar Abdrazaakov as his servant Leporello, with Rachel Willis-Sorenson as Donna Anna and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta and Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle. February 9, 11:30 a.m.

Two fairy tales, the first with a happy ending and the second with a tragic ending. Sonya Yoncheva is Iolanta and Angela Denoke is Judith.

Bizet: Carmen, February 2

The radio performance is the same as the HD live in the movie theater performance which happens at noon Saturday. Clementine Margaine reprises her successful Carmen from two years ago with Roberto Alagna and Alexander Vinogradov as Don Jose and Escamillo. Louis Langree conducts

Nico Muhly: Marnie, 26 January

This is an archival performance from last fall when Marnie was in perpertory at the Met. Isabel Leonard is the title character with Iestyn DAvies and Christopher Maltman as the Rutland brothers.

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande, January 19

Maeterlinck's play was set without editing by Debussy, and remains one of the most important works of French music theater of the early 20th century. Paul Appleby and Isabel Leonard are the title characters, with Kyle Ketelsen as Melisande's husband Golaud and Ferrucio Furlanetto as the grandfather of both the men. The broadcast begins half an hour early (11:30 a.m.)

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