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Opera Series 6/22/2019: The Queen of Spades

Jun 20, 2019
Opera Britannia

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. ET.

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013–14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam. 

Please note: this week's broadcast begins at 11:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 4:45 p.m. with two intermissions.

The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year. See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

We'll be featuring suites from the scores all week on Classical IPR.

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

Brian Asawa, whom Opera Today has called “the most important countertenor in the world today,” passed away Monday at the age of 49. In 1991, he became the first countertenor to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Asawa specialized in 18th-century operas of Handel and Gluck as well as in 20th-century operas by Britten and Ligeti.

Soprano Kathleen Battle, who was fired from the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, has been invited to return next season.  Battle’s diva-like behavior at the Met was as remarkable as her voice. She is said to have skipped rehearsals, been unprofessional at the rehearsals she attended, and, according to legend, she once phoned her agent from her limousine to ask him to ask the limo driver to adjust the air conditioning. 

A new take on Gershwin's classic?

Mar 1, 2016

George Gershwin wrote An American in Paris after visiting the city in the 1920's.   One of the distinctive sounds of that piece includes French taxi horns, and new scholarship is questioning the pitches of those horns.  According to Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology at the University of Michigan, the way the parts are notated in the original score is open to interpretation.  The parts in question refer to the horns as "A", "B", "C", and "D" which everyone until now took as an indication of pitch.

Curtis Institute

Otto-Werner Mueller, professor of conducting at the Curtis Institute, and one of America's most influential pedagogues, died last night at the age of 89.

The final episode of Downton Abbey is scheduled to air in the US on March 6. For six seasons, viewers have been captivated by the Crawley family and their staff, cheering on the devoted Bateses as they navigate yet another crisis, chuckling at Lord Grantham’s hesitation about listening to King George V’s address on the radio, or wondering if Lady Mary will ever find true happiness. 

 

To celebrate Downton in all its glory—from the Dowager Countess’s snappy one-liners to Mr. Carson’s skepticism about twentieth-century technology and attitudes—we’ve assembled a playlist of music inspired by the show. Some of the pieces are from John Lunn’s original score, and others were heard in the show itself. The rest of the music comes from the period and evokes what the characters would have sung, danced to, or listened to, either live or on the new-fangled phonograph that Lady Rose insisted on purchasing.

 

All you need to hear the playlist is a free Spotify account.

The Metropolitan Opera announced it's 2016-2017 season yesterday and it includes the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), which debuted in Salzburg in 2000.  One of six new productions next season, it will be directed by Robert Lepage and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will conduct. The performances will mark the first time that the Met has staged an opera by a woman composer since 1903.

You may know Ana Gasteyer from her six years on Saturday Night Live, or from the movies, Broadway, or the TV show Suburbia. She's performing tonight at 7:30 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in a show based around her album, I'm Hip.  We asked Ana to pick out a couple of her favorite tracks for the album and tell us more about the music.

To see Ana Gasteyer tonight, visit: tickets.interlochen.org.


  

The Cavani String Quartet came to the Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to work with the advanced string quartet program.  While they were on campus, they stopped by IPR's Studio A for a live performance. Here's an excerpt from Midnight Child by Charles G. Washington.  It's based on the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , and mixes some of the music that Washington heard as he grew up: Gospel, Blues and Swing.


Violin Virtuosity: Stanislav Pronin

Jul 8, 2014

Violinist Stanislav Pronin paid a return visit to IPR's Studio A and gave a live performance of Nathan Milstein's challenging, "Paganiniana."  We asked Pronin what attracted him to Nathan Milstein's arrangement of works by Paganini. His answer? "It's just fun to play."

It's also a lot of fun to hear!

The Oakland Trio

Jun 26, 2013

The Oakland Trio (Cellist Debra Fayroian, violinist Adrienne Ronmark and pianist Stephen Wogaman) visited IPR's Studio A prior to their Arcturos Concert Series appearance in Suttons Bay.  While in the studio, they performed the second movement of Mendelssohn's  Trio in d minor, Opus 49.

Harpist Danielle Paus

Jun 18, 2013

Harpist Danielle Paus returned to the Interlochen campus for the first time in about ten years, and one of her stops was IPR's studio A. She gave a live performance of  this Swedish polska during her visit.

Piano Sonata fills Studio A

Feb 5, 2013

Beethoven's Piano sonata  in Eb, Opus 7, performed on the air by Kevin Takeda.

"Les Adieux" from Studio A

Jan 31, 2013

Nathaniel Mo, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata #26, "Les Adieux"

Beethoven in Studio A

Jan 29, 2013

Menghan Cao plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C, Op. 2, #3.  Menghan is one of five Interlochen students travelling to Detroit to perform at the invitation of Maestro Leonard Slatkin of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Mazel Trio

Nov 7, 2012

Interlochen students Dylan Naroff (violin), Ariela Bohrod (piano),  and Dan Blumhard (cello), are determined to take part in this year's Fischoff Chamber Music competition. With that in mind, they formed the Mazel Trio and have begun preparing their repertoire.  Interlochen cello instructor and Chamber Music Coach Crispin Campbell brought them by Studio A to play for us, and they brought out the big guns - the final movement of Shostakovich's Trio #2 in E minor. 

Click above to listen!

ENSO STRING QUARTET Live From Studio A

Jul 16, 2012

The Enso String Quartet serves as quartet-in-residence during the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp 2012.  They visited IPR, talked with IPR's Tim Burke and performed music of Giuseppe Verdi live from Studio A.  

Brass students from the Interlochen Arts Academy play 3 movements from Enrique Crespo's "Americana".

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