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Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Wagner: Die Walkure. 1 June

This is a very strongly-cast performance, with Nina Stemme and John Lundgren as Brunnhilde and Wotan and Dame Sarah Connolly as Fricka. At age 50, Stuart Skelton is one of the premiere heldentenors of today and Emily Magee a very strong Sieglinde.

Wagner: Das Rheingold. May 25

The first evening of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen was recorded last fall at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Johannes Martin Kraenzle is Alberich, who gives up Love for the Rheingold. Gerhard Siegel is his brother Mime, who covets the power of the Rheingold, and John Lundgren and Alan Oke are Wotan and Loge, who plot and steal the Rheingold to pay for a new home for the gods, Walhalla.

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

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.

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