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World of Opera
Saturdays at 6 p.m.

Lisa SimeoneWorld 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.
World of Opera is a production of WDAV Classical Public Radio, a service of Davidson College.

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Program Schedule
July 26, 2014
Under the Rainbow: Rossini's 'Tancredi'

WOO-1430-Tancredi-250Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra 
Champs-Elysées Theatre Chorus 
Enrique Mazzola, conductor

The classic song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" talks in glowing terms of a magical place where "dreams really do come true." Unfortunately, the opera house often isn't that kind of place -- especially in Rossini's Tancredi -- a compelling drama that just may be his first, truly great opera.
July 19, 2014
Inspiring a Nation: Verdi's 'Nabucco'

WOO-1429-Nabucco-250Suisse Romande Orchestra
Grand Theatre Chorus
John Fiore, conductor

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Nabucco from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva. The stars are baritone Lucio Gallo in the title role, and soprano Csilla Boross in the emotionally complex role of Abigaille. The production, also featuring the Suisse Romande Orchestra, is led by conductor John Fiore. 
July 12, 2014
Innocence Exploited: Gounod's 'Faust'
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Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Marizio Benini, conductor

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. Opera aficionados may recall the production from arts columns and insider gossip. It's the show that was to have featured superstar soprano Anna Netrebko, who withdrew at the last minute. As you'll hear, the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva was a more than able replacement as Marguerite, alongside bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Méphilsophélès and tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role.

July 5, 2014
Romantic Role Reversal: 'Eugene Onegin'

WOO-1427-Onegin-250Teatro Comunale Orchestra and Chorus
Aziz Shokhakimov, conductor


On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from one of Italy's many fine regional opera houses, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, in a production featuring a top-notch international cast.  Polish baritone Artur Rucinsky sings the title role, with South African soprano Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana.

June 28, 2014
Passion, Politics and Poison: Verdi's 'Luisa Miller'


WOO--1426-LuisaMiller-250Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Opera
Chorus
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, conductor

If there were a Top Ten List of great playwrights whose work has also inspired operas you might think Shakespeare would be number one. After all, his plays have been turned into hundreds of operas. But Shakespeare has proven troublesome for composers, and only a handful of those operas have been truly successful.

 

June 21, 2014
Anything for Love: Mozart's 'La Clemenza di Tito'
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La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Ottavio Dantone, conductor

Do you remember the pop song "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I won't Do That)," a '90s Grammy-winner by Meat Loaf? The song's title, with its love-struck message, could easily sum up the plotline of Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito -- but only if you get rid of "(But I Won't Do That)."
June 14, 2014
Cosmopolitan Charm in Martinu's 'Mirandolina'
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National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Orchestra
Marko Ivanovic, conductor

Operas have been written by composers all over the world for centuries. Still, there are certain countries more closely associated with the genre than others--including at least one that often flies under the radar.
June 7, 2014
More Than Just a Pretty Overture: Rossini's 'William Tell'
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Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

If William Tell, the complete opera, was as familiar as its ubiquitous overture, it might just be the most famous opera ever composed! Still, as this production from Turin demonstrates, Rossini's final opera is far more than just the original home to "the theme from the Lone Ranger."
May 31, 2014
Vanishing City, Ravishing Opera: 'The Invisible City of Kitezh'
The Invisible City of Kitezh

Grand Lieceu Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
Josep Pons, conductor

This fanciful concoction by Rimsky-Korsakov has all the orchestral brilliance of the composer's familiar concert works, to complement a charming story blending Christian mysticism with age-old folk beliefs.
May 24, 2014
A Trendsetting Triple Threat: Monteverdi, Gluck, and 'Orfeo'
Orfeo MONTEVERDI: Orfeo: La Venexiana Orchestra; Claudio Cavina, conductor
GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice: Göteborg Opera Orchestra; Laurence Cummings, conductor


In this fascinating double bill of "Orfeo operas," we hear two sides of one coin. When Gluck started his operatic "reform" movement he was looking back to opera's early days, when the genre was simpler and more directly expressive -- as in the time of Monteverdi. So it's ironic that of these two versions of the Orpheus legend, Monteverdi's seminal opera may actually be the more elaborate score.
May 17, 2014
Youthful Exuberance, in Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot'
Melanie DienerMDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus 
Kristjan Järvi, conductor

This early and rarely-heard comedy by Wagner comes to us from one of music's truly legendary venues, the third incarnation of Leipzig's historic Gewandhaus.
May 10, 2014
A Real Time Shocker: Puccini's 'Tosca'

Anna Pirozzi (Tosca) and Marto Berti (Cavaradossi) from Puccini's Tosca.Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Renato Palumbo, conductor

A masterful drama that pokes at the darker side of our desires, and even satisfying them.  There's nothing like Puccini for highbrow entertainment with soul, and the added pleasure of a guilty grin.

May 3, 2014
Lyrical Epic: Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'
WOO-1418-The-Tsars-Bride-250Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala 
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

This often spectacular score comes complete with palace intrigues, a deadly poisoning, and misplaced vengeance that leads to insanity and murder.  It's also home to some of Rimsky's most dazzling music.
April 26, 2014
Irresistible Treachery: Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

WOO-1417-DonGiovanni-250Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Nicola Luisotti, conductor

If ever a story fell right into a composer's wheelhouse, this would be the one. It's hard to imagine a more complex weave of antic comedy, shocking violence and emotional betrayals than librettist Lorenzo da Ponte's incisive adaptation of the Don Juan legend -- or a composer better equipped to handle it than Mozart.



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