World of Opera
7pm - 10pm
World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of centuries past as well as today's masterpieces.About the host:
Lisa Simeone hosts WDAV's nationally syndicated World of Opera and Spoleto Chamber Music 2010. She also hosts The Grainger foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series and the internationally syndicated documentary series Soundprint. Lisa has more than 25 years experience in radio and television, including stints with All Things Considered, Performance Today, Weekend Edition and The Metropolitan Opera.
Lisa began her career at WBJC in Baltimore and WETA in Washington, D.C. During her ten years at Baltimore's WJHU, she developed a loyal following for her unusual mix of programming — classical, folk and jazz, along with provocative reports, interviews and call-in shows on everything from anthropology and neuroscience to philosophy to media criticism. (But she confesses that her favorite reports were on bocce, The Hon Man of Baltimore and the virtues of a well-fitting bra!).
As a freelancer, Lisa has done voice-overs, narrations and hosting for the Discovery Channel, PBS and commercial enterprises. When she's not doing radio, Lisa writes for Style Magazine and the Urbanite, as well as book reviews and op-eds for The Baltimore Sun.
December 11, 2013
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK: Armide
Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam
Netherlands Opera Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Ivor Bolton, conductor
CAST: Karina Gauvin (Armide); Frédéric Antoun (Renaud); Karin Strobos (Phénice); Ana Quintans (Sidonie); Andrew Foster-Williams (Hidraot); Diana Montague (Hate); Sébastien Droy (Danish Knight); Henk Neven (Ubalde)
Regarded as the most action-packed of Gluck's major operas, the drama also boasts a complex and fascinating title character and a uniquely flowing musical style. The composer considered it "perhaps the finest of all my works."
December 18, 2013
JULES MASSENET: Thérèse, La Navarraise
Wexford Festival (Ireland)
Wexford Opera Orchestra and Chorus
David Agler, conductor
CAST (Thérèse): Nora Sourouzian (Thérèse); Philippe Do (Armand de Clerval); Damian Pass (Morel); Brian Mulligan (André Thorel)
CAST: (La Navarraise): Nora Sourouzian (Anita); Philippe Do (Araquil); Brian Mulligan (Garrido); Damian Pass (Remigo)
Known primarily for a single, truly great opera -- Manon -- Massenet was in fact among the most versatile and prolific opera composers of his time. The two short dramas featured here are seldom heard today, but together they make a stunningly dramatic double bill.
December 25, 2013
Pre-empted for Christmas programming
January 1, 2014
W. A. MOZART: The Magic Flute
Drottningholm Court Theater, Stockholm
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Daniel Hardin, conductor
CAST: Christiana Karg (Pamina); Andrew Staples (Tamino); Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night); Carl Ackerfeldt (Papageno); Mari Eriksmoen (Papagena); Peter Rose (Sarastro)
A quick look at the story of Mozart's Magic Flute might suggest that it's a great opera for the kids. And it is! But it's also a very adult look at the conflict between lightness and dark, and how difficult it often is to distinguish which is which.