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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

26 October. Puccini: Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica

Last spring Opera Delaware did six one-act operas in pairs. The third act of Il Trittico was done in a separate double bill, which we shall hear next week. Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica feature Eleni Calenos as both Giorgetta and Angelica. Alissa Anderson is also double-cast, as Frugola in Il Tabarro and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica.

October 19. Handel: Acis and Galatea

This 2009 performance from Chicago's Music of the Baroque features Elizabeth Futral as Galatea.

October 12. Handel: Israel in Ebypt

Chicago's Music of the Baroque returns with their 2013 performance of Handel's Israel in Egypt. Jane Glover leads the ensemble with soloists chosen from Music of the Baroque chorus.

October 5. Handel: Judas Maccabaeus

When the scandals involving Placido Domingo erupted earlier this year, WFMT decided to not finish the LA Opera season and to substitute three performances from Chicago's Opera of the Baroque. Judas Maccabaeus was the Christmas concert in 2015.

September 14. Berlioz: Les Troyens

Christine Goerke as Cassandra, Brandon Jovanovich as Enee, and Susan Graham as Dido were wonderful when this performance was first broadcast two years ago.

September 7. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Marius Kwiecen sings the title role with Charles Castronovo as Lenski, the friend he will kill in the second act. Ana Maria Martinez rounded out the powerhouse cast when it was first broadcast two years ago.

Massenet: Don Quichotte. August 31

Fifty years before Man of La Mancha graced Broadway, Massenet's version premiered at the Paris Opera. It is still staged when there is a world-class bass to sing the title role, and Ferruccio Furlanetto was the star in December, 2016, when Lyric Opera of Chicago performed it last. Clementine Margaine was his Dulcinee.

Bellini: Norma. August 10

This archival performance from 2017 presents Sandra Radvanovsky at the peak of her powers as the Druid priestess, with Elizabeth Deshong as Adalgisa and Russell Thomas as Pollione. Antonio Silvestri is the leader of the Druids, Oroveso.

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