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Metropolitan Opera: From the House of the Dead

Apr 15, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janáček’s profoundly moving opera From the House of the Dead, based on the novel by Dostoevsky set in a Siberian prison camp.

This encore broadcast from 2009 starred an extraordinary ensemble cast as the community of damaged but irrepressible inmates.

Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème

Apr 8, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a treasure of the repertory, Puccini’s La Bohème.

 

This performance, recorded in the fall of 2017, saw the Met debut of the radiant American soprano Angel Blue and is being featured for the first time in a Saturday matinee broadcast.

 

Classical IPR in Concert: TSO Brass Quintet + Organ

Apr 8, 2021

Recently the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and organist Thomas Bara presented an online concert.

This week Interlochen Public Radio shares it with you on Classical IPR in Concert.

Kevin Rhodes conducts, and he is the featured pianist on the program.

Tune in Friday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at noon or listen below at any time.

Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka

Apr 1, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Dvořák’s hauntingly beautiful fairy-tale Rusalka in an encore broadcast from 2014.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted a cast led by soprano Renée Fleming who starred in one of her signature roles as Rusalka, the water nymph who longs to become human.

Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni

Mar 25, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s gripping morality tale Don Giovanni in an encore broadcast from 2012.

Bass-baritone Gerald Finley starred in the title role as the charismatic and notorious Don Juan. Soprano Marina Rebeka was Donna Anna, the noblewoman who swears vengeance on Giovanni, and tenor Matthew Polenzani was her dutiful fiancé Don Ottavio.

Metropolitan Opera - Le Comte Ory

Mar 19, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Le Comte Ory, Rossini’s racy final comedy, in a performance from 2013.

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez starred in the title role as the Count who goes undercover – repeatedly – to pursue the Countess Adèle. That role was sung by South African soprano Pretty Yende, who made her dazzling Met debut in this production.

Metropolitan Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Mar 12, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s timeless comedy about the feud between the classes and the sexes.

This encore broadcast from 2018 features an outstanding ensemble cast. Bass Ildar Abdrazakov starred as the quick-witted valet Figaro opposite soprano Nadine Sierra as his equally resourceful bride, the maid Susanna.

Music by Request for March 6, 2021

Mar 6, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners were into opera, organ music and popular songs from way back.

Requests included music by Charles Ives, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jay Livingston and Antonio Vivaldi.

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Sam Cooke, Fred Astaire, Anne Akiko Meyers and Andre Previn.

See the complete list of requests below.

To make a request for the March 13 program, email ipr@interlochen.org or leave a message on the MBR line at (231) 276-4422.

 

Music by Request for February 27, 2021

Feb 27, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners were in love with love songs, organ music and big orchestras.

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

Feb 26, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, a highlight from 2017.

Soprano Renée Fleming starred as the glamorous and worldly Marschallin, making her final appearance in that signature role, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča bid farewell to the role of Octavian, the Marschallin’s much younger lover.

Music by Request for February 20, 2021

Feb 20, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners were big on choral and keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as band music and sea shanties.

Classical IPR in Concert: Laredo-Robinson Duo

Feb 19, 2021

In late August 2020, vioinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson performed to a reduced density audience at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

Prior to that evening, the last time the two had performed for an audience in person was in early March of 2020.

The program is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or click on the link below to listen at any time.

Metropolitan Opera: La Rondine

Feb 18, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s La Rondine, a memorable performance from 2009.

It starred soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the Parisian courtesan Magda and tenor Roberto Alagna as Ruggero, a passionate young man from the countryside.

The cast also featured soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Marius Brenciu as the chambermaid Lisette and the poet Prunier, and bass Samuel Ramey as Magda’s wealthy companion Rambaldo.

Music by Request for February 13, 2021

Feb 13, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners showed affection for love songs, as well as popular violin solos and organ music.

Metropolitan Opera: Cendrillon

Feb 11, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Cendrillon, Massenet’s elegant and witty take on the Cinderella tale.

 

This encore broadcast from 2018 stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. Soprano Kathleen Kim sang Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe was her overbearing stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri sang Cendrillon’s beleaguered father Pandolfe.

 

In January of this year, Traverse Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Kevin Rhodes played the piano and joined with musicians from the woodwind and brass sections for a chamber music performance presented online.

That concert is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert.

Music by Request for February 6, 2021

Feb 6, 2021

This week on Music by Request Classical IPR listeners showed their fondness for classic piano repertoire, film soundtracks, opera and organ.

Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Feb 4, 2021

On February 6, as part of its 2020-21 radio broadcast season, the Metropolitan Opera will air its first-ever Listeners’ Choice broadcast, a historic performance chosen by radio listeners from around the world: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas.

Music by Request for January 30, 2021

Jan 30, 2021

IPR listeners shared their enthusiasm for grand scale romantic symphonies on this week's program, along with waltzes, and the saxophone.

Requests included music by Mozart, Bellini, Waldteufel, Milhaud, Mahler and more.

Metropolitan Opera: Faust

Jan 28, 2021
Ken Howard/Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Gounod’s Faust, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in an encore broadcast from 2011.

Music by Request for January 23, 2021

Jan 23, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared their love of opera on this week's program, along with pieces for Robert Burns Day, film music and a tango.

Requests included music by Edward Elgar, Catherine McMichael, Fats Waller, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carlos Gardel.

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Viktoria Mullova, Empire Brass, Anna Russell and The American Boy Choir.

See the complete list of requests below.

Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore

Jan 22, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast in honor of two opera legends, Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli, on the occasion of their 60th Met anniversaries.

 

This performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore from February 4, 1961, marked the Met radio debuts of both Price and Corelli, and came just a week after their joint company stage debuts as the noblewoman Leonora and the troubadour Manrico.


Music by Request for January 16, 2021

Jan 16, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared patriotic selections on this week's program, along with pieces from musicals, opera excerpts and folk songs.

Requests included music by Judith Weir, Aaron Copland, Antonín Dvořák, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gaetano Donizetti.

 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Canadian Brass, Susan Graham, 2Cellos and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Jan 14, 2021
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s La Traviata, an encore broadcast from last year.

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak starred as the iconic heroine Violetta, who gives up her life as a courtesan to pursue an enduring love. Tenor Dmytro Popov was the impulsive Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey sang Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s moralistic father.

Karel Mark Chichon led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this performance of Verdi’s intimate and heart-rending tragedy.

Music Spotlight 3 was originally an online concert presented by Interlochen Arts Academy music students this fall. 

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share their performances! 

The program features brass ensembles, mixed chamber and more. 

Due to COVID-19, a creative approach is necessary for artists to find ways to make music together safely - and our young artists rose to the challenge!

All our performances were in safe, socially-distanced settings.

Recordings in this broadcast were engineered by Michael Culler.

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