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World of Opera features the best in opera performances from around the world, both historical and contemporary.

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Classical
1:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

March 8, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata 
Teatro San Carlo, Naples 

Teatro San Carlo Orchestra and Chorus 
Michele Mariotti, conductor

CAST: Carmen Giannattasio (Violetta); Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo); Vladimir Stoyanov (Giorgio Germont); Giuseppina Bridelli (Flora); Bernadette Lucarini (Annina)

2013's yearlong celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday continues with one of his most beloved operas, in a performance from the historic San Carlo in Naples, a theater dating to the mid 1700s.

Classical
1:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

March 1, 2013

Leos Janacek: Jenufa 
Zurich Opera House 
Zurich Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Fabio Luisi, conductor

CAST: Kristine Opolais (Jenufa); Christopher Ventris (Laca); Michaela Martens (Kostelnicka); Pavol Breslik (Steva Buryja); Ivana Rusko (Karolka); Hanna Schwarz (Grandmother Buryjovka); Cheyne Davidson (Starek); Lukas Jakovski (Mayor); Susanne Grossteiner (Jano)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

February 22, 2013

Vincenzo Bellini: The Capulets and the Montagues 
öteborg Opera, Sweden 
 
Göteborg Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Giancarlo Andretta, conductor

CAST: Kerstin Avemo (Giuletta); Katarina Karnéus (Romeo); Mats Persson (Lorenzo); Karl Rombo (Tebaldo); Markus Schwarz (Cappelio)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

February 15, 2013

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme 
Chorégies d'Orange Festival, France 
(Théâtre Antique, Orange) 
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra 
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

CAST: Inva Mula (Mimi); Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo); Nicola Beller Carbone (Musetta); Ludovic Tézier (Marcello); Marco Spotti (Colline); Lionel Lhote (Schaunard/Benoit); Jean-Pierre Frémeau (Alcindoro/Parpignol)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

February 8, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino 
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 
Liceu Symphony Orchestra and Chorus 
Renato Palumbo, conductor

CAST: Violeta Urmana (Leonora); Marcello Giordani (Don Alvaro); Ludovic Tézier (Don Carlo di Vargas); Abramo Rosalen (Marquis of Calatrava); Marianne Cornetti (Preziosilla); Bruno de Simone (Fra Melitone); Cristina Faus (Curra); Vicenc Esteve Madrid (Trabuco); Vitali Kowaljow (Padre Guardino)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

February 1, 2013

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice 
Boston Baroque 
Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus 
Martin Pearlman, conductor

CAST: Owen Willets (Orfeo); Mary Wilson (Euridice); Courtney Huffman (Amor)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

January 25, 2013

Georges Bizet:The Pearl Fishers 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus 
Michel Plasson, conductor

CAST: Annick Massis (Leila); Charles Castronovo (Nadir); Jean-Francois Lapointe (Zurga); Nicolas Teste (Nourabad)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

January 18, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello 
La Fenice, Venice 
La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus 
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

CAST: Gregory Kunde (Otello); Leah Crocetto (Desdemona); Lucio Gallo (Iago); Elisabetta Martorana (Emilia); Francesco Marsiglia (Cassio); Antonello Ceron (Roderigo); Mattia Denti (Lodovico); Matteo Ferrara (Montano)

Classical
5:24 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

January 11, 2013

Gaetano Donizetti: The Elixir of Love
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  
Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Bruno Campanella, conductor

CAST: Aleksandra Kurzak (Adina); Roberto Alagna (Nemorino); Fabio Capitanucci (Belcore); Ambrogio Maestri (Dr. Dulcamara); Susana Gaspar (Gianetta)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat December 29, 2012

January 4, 2013

Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Champs-Elysées Theatre, Paris
National Orchestra of France
Radio France Chorus
Enrique Mazzola, conductor

CAST: Alessandro Corbelli (Don Pasquale); Désirée Rancatore (Norina); Gabriele Viviani (Dr. Malatesta); Francesco Demuro (Ernesto); Richard Tronc (Notary)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

December 28, 2012

George Frideric Handel: Semele
Candian Opera Company, Toronto
Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

CAST: Jane Archibald (Semele); William Burden (Jupiter); Allyson McHardy (Juno, Ino); Steven Humes (Cadmus, Somnus); Katherine Shyte (Iris); Anthony Roth Costanzo (Athamus)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

December 21, 2012

Frederick Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet
Wexford Opera (Ireland)
Wexford Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Rory Macdonald, conductor

CAST: Jessica Muirhead (Vreli); John Bellemer (Sali); Quentin Hayes (Manz); Andrew Greenan (Marti); David Stout (The Dark Fiddler)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

December 14, 2012

Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Teatro Real, Madrid
Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Intermezzo Chorus
Hartmut Haenchen, conductor

CAST: Günther Groissböck (Boris Godunov); Stefan Margita (Shuysky); Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Mrina); Dmitri Ulyanov (Pimen); Alexandra Kadurina (Fyodor); Alina Yarovaya (Xenia); Yuri Nechaev (Shchelkalov); Michael König (Grigory) 

Classical
1:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

December 7, 2012

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Teatro Regio, Turin

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor

CAST: Giovanni Meoni (Rigoletto); Désirée Rancatore (Gilda); Piero Pretti (Duke of Mantua); Alessandro Guerzoni (Sparafucile); Irini Karaianni (Maddalena); Maria Di Mauro (Giovanna); Davide Motta Fré (Ceprano); Ziyan Atfeh (Monterone)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

November 30, 2012

P. I. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Enchantress
Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Bolshoi Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Alexander Lazarev, conductor

CAST: Anna Nechaeva (Nastasya); Vladislav Sulimsky (Prince Nikita Kurlyatev); Elena Manistina (Princess Yevpraksiya Romanovna); Eduard Martynyuk (Prince Yury); Vyacheslav Pochapsky (Mamïrov); Tatiana Erastova (Nenila); Alexei Pashiev (Ivan Zhuran); Mikhail Diyakov (Foka); Anastasia Kikot (Polya)

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Classical
1:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

November 23, 2012

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes Galantes
Boston Baroque
Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus
Martin Pearlman, conductor

CAST: Amanda Forsythe (Hébé, Phani, Fatima); Sumner Thompson (Bellone, Huascar, Adario); Nathalie Paulin (L'Amour, Émilie, Zaire); Nathaniel Watson (Osman, Ali, Alvar); Daniel Auchincloss (Don Carlos, Tacmas); Aaron Sheehan (Damon)

Classical
1:00 am
Sat November 10, 2012

November 16, 2012

Vincenzo Bellini: Zaira
Valle d'Itria Festival, Martina Franca
International Orchestra, Italy
Piacenza Verdi Opera Chorus
Giacomo Sagripanti, conductor

CAST: Saioa Hernandez (Zaira); Enea Scala (Corasmino); Simone Alberghini (Orosmane); Anna Malavasi (Nerestano); Abramo Rosalen (Lusignano); Michela Antenucci (Fatima); Valeri Turmanov (Meledor); Matteo Falcier (Castiglione)

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Classical
3:59 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

November 9, 2012

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Riga Opera Festival
Latvian National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Martins Ozolins, conductor

Classical
3:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

November 2, 2012

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Grand Theatre of Geneva
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Grand Theatre Chorus
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

CAST: Jennifer Larmore (Lady Macbeth); Davide Damiani (Macbeth); Christian Van Horn (Banquo); Andrea Care (Macduff); Emilio Pons (Malcolm)

Classical
2:52 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

October 26, 2012

Richard Wagner: Rienzi
Teatro Real, Madrid 
Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus
Alejo Pérez, conductor

CAST: Burkhard Fritz (Carlo Rienzi); Anja Kampe (Irene); Stephen Milling (Stefano Colonna); Claudia Mahnke (Adriano); James Rutherford (Paolo Orsini); Friedmann Röhlig (Orvieto Cardinal); Jason Bridges (Baroncelli); Carsten Wittmoser (Cecco del Vecchio); Marta Matheu (Messenger of Peace)

World of Opera
7:32 am
Tue November 8, 2011

A View From The Bridge: Great Sorrows In Little Souls, American-Style

  • Domingo On 'A View From The Bridge'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'A View From The Bridge'

When William Bolcom's opera A View from the Bridge premiered in Chicago in 1999, one critic described it as "Brooklyn verismo," invoking the emotive style popularized by Italian composers such as Puccini. And that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

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World of Opera
7:31 am
Tue November 8, 2011

The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra'

It's a story that would seem excessive for even the most lurid of "real life" dramas, or blood-soaked slasher movies. But it's always been right at home in the opera house — Richard Strauss' intense, one-act opera, Elektra.

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World of Opera
7:27 am
Tue November 8, 2011

An All-Consuming Parental Love: Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

  • Hear An Introduction To 'Rigoletto'

It's easy to wonder whether actual events in the lives of great composers are directly reflected in their music. Sometimes people even argue about it. But in the case of personal tragedies early in Giuseppe Verdi's life, the case seems like a slam dunk.

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World of Opera
7:32 am
Fri November 4, 2011

History With A Toxic Twist: 'Lucrezia Borgia'

When we think of opera's biggest stars and greatest hits, we tend to think of solo arias. But that overlooks another operatic goldmine: duets.

Over the years, there have been plenty of classic duet collaborations, resulting in legendary recordings and performances. Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti come to mind, singing the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Going back a little further, there's Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill with "Au fond du temple saint," the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

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