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 2020 Season

Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

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

2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Wagner: Die Walkure. 1 June

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

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

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.

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