Opera

This week! 

2018-2019 Saturday afternoon broadcasts

 

Verdi's Rigoletto

 

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Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

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

2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers. June 2

Bizet:  The Pearl Fishers.  June 2
Bizet's little gem has had a resurgence of popularity the past few years. I've seen productions in Santa Fe, Dallas, the Met (on HD) and now Chicago presents it. Matthew Polenzani and Marius Kwiecen have the big duet, and Marina Rebeka is the chaste priestess who has fallen in love.

Verdi: Rigoletto. May 19

Verdi:  Rigoletto.  May 19
Matthew Polenzani is the Duke of Mantua with Rosa Feola as Gilda and Quinn Kelsey as the jester Rigoletto.

Gluck: Orphee. May 12

Gluck:  Orphee.  May 12
Lyric Opera of Chicago partnered with the Joffrey Ballet for the Paris (tenor) version of Gluck's opera.

May 5. Gounod: Romeo et Juiliette

May 5.  Gounod:  Romeo et Juiliette
Ailyn Perez and Charles Castronovo star as the tragic lovers

Massenet: Cendrillon. April 28, Radio and HD

Massenet:  Cendrillon.  April 28, Radio and HD
This production began at the Santa Fe Opera in 2006, directed by Laurent Kelly and starring Joyce DiDonato. The rest of the cast has changed over the years but it has become a true "signature role" for Ms. DiDonato. The sets were designed by Barbara de Limburgh and have come to the larger stages of the world over the last 12 years without losing their sense of the original fairy tale.

Thomas Ades: The Exterminating Angel. April 21

Thomas Ades:  The Exterminating Angel.  April 21
This is an archival performance of the Met's first performances last fall. Most of the cast is made of up-and-coming young artists, including Kevin Burdette and Rod Gilfry, who have sung in Tulsa and Dallas.

Verdi: Luisa Miller. April 14, 11:30 a.m.

Verdi:  Luisa Miller.  April 14, 11:30 a.m.

The Count's son Rodolfo knows the secret of how the Count killed his predecessor with the help of Wurm. Miller and Luisa are caught in the crossfire.



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