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Opera at Eight

Nightly at 8pm on VivaLaVoce

Opera at EightIn addition to the opera excerpts presented throughout the day, VivaLaVoce features a complete opera at 8 pm each day: Opera at 8. These opera performances are taken from the extensive Classical WETA library, ranging from classic recordings to the most recent releases.

 

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February 24, 2017

The Fairy Queen

Henry Purcell

The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

February 25, 2017

Il Pirata

Vincenzo Bellini

Maria Callas [Imogene] | Constantino Ego [Ernesto] | Pier Miranda Ferraro [Gualtiero] | Glade Peterson [Itulbo] | Chester Watson [Goffredo (Solitario)] | Regina Sarfaty [Adele] | Chorus and Orchestra of the American Opera Society | Nicola Rescigno (conductor)

February 26, 2017

Adriana Lecouvreur

Francesco Cilea

Renata Scotto (soprano) [Adriana Lecouvreur] | Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Maurizio] | Sherill Milnes [Michonnet] | Elena Obraztsova (mezzo-soprano) [La Principessa di Bouillon] | Giancarlo Luccardi [Il Principe di Bouillon] | Florindo Andreoli [L'Abate di Chazeuil] | Lillian Watson [Mlle. Jouvenot] | Anne Murray (mezzo-soprano) [Mlle. Dangeville] | Paul Crook [Poisson] | Paul Hudson [Quinault] | Paul Crook [Un Maggiordomo] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | Philharmonia Orchestra | James Levine (conductor)

February 27, 2017

Ariodante

George Frideric Handel

Denis Sedov [Il Re di Scozia] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Ariodante] | Lynne Dawson (soprano) [Ginevra] | Richard Croft [Lurcanio] | Ewa Podles [Polinesso] | Verónica Cangemi [Dalinda] | Luc Coadou [Odoardo] | Chour des Musiciens du Louvre | Les musiciens du Louvre | Marc Minkowski (conductor)

February 28, 2017

Der Fliegende Holländer

Richard Wagner

Hans Sotin [Daland] | Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Senta] | Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Erik] | Uta Priew [Mary] | Peter Seiffert [Der Steuermann Dalands] | Bernd Weikl (baritone) [Der Holländer] | Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin [Matrosen des Norwegers | Die Mannschaft des Fliegenden Holländers | Mädchen] | Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

March 1, 2017

Leonore (original version of Fidelio)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Alastaire Miles [Don Fernando] | Matthew Best [Don Pizarro] | Kim Begley [Florestan] | Hillevi Martinpelto [Leonore] | Franz Hawlata [Rocco] | Christiane Oelze [Marzelline] | Michael Schade [Jaquino] | Rob Burt [Erster Gefangener] | Colin Campbell [Zweiter Gefangener] | The Monteverdi Choir | Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

March 2, 2017

Schwanda der Dudelsachpfeifer (Schwanda the Bagpiper)

Jaromír Weinberger

Hermann Prey (baritone) [Schwanda] | Lucia Popp [Dorotka] | Siegfried Jerusalem [Babinsky] | Gwendolyn Killebrew [Königin] | Alexander Malta (bass) [Magier] | Siegmund Nimsgern [Teufel] | Karl Kreile [Richter] | Albert Gassner [Scharfrichter] | Heinrich Weber [Famulus] | Georg Baumgartner [Hauptmann] | Anton Rosner [Landsknecht] | Peter Lika (baritone) [Landsknecht] | Münchner Rundfunkorchester | Bavarian Radio Chorus | Heinz Wallberg (conductor)

March 3, 2017

Werther

Jules Massenet

Roberto Alagna (tenor) [Werther] | Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) [Charlotte] | Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Albert] | Patricia Petibon (soprano) [Sophie] | Jean-Philippe Courtis [Le Bailli] | Jean-Paul Fouchécourt [Schmidt] | Jean-Marie Fremeau [Johann Faust] | Pierre Dupont [Brühlmann] | Sophie Boulanger [Kätchen] | James Savage-Hanford [Hans] | Kirsty Gifford [Gretel] | Christopher Waine [Karl] | Sally Cannon [Clara] | Joel Gunger [Max] | Sarah Baillie [Fritz] | Tiffin Children's Choir [Les Enfants] | London Symphony Orchestra | Antonio Pappano (conductor)

March 4, 2017

La Damnation de Faust

Hector Berlioz

Richard Leech (tenor) [Faust] | Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Méphistophélès] | Françoise Pollet [Marguerite] | Michel Philippe [Brander] | Chours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal | Orchestre symphonique de Montréal | Charles Dutoit (conductor)

March 5, 2017

Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner

Thomas Moser [Tristan] | Deborah Voigt [Isolde] | Petra Lang [Brangäne] | Peter Weber [Kurwenal] | Robert Holl [König Marke] | Markus Nieminen [Melot] | Michael Roider [Ein Hirt] | In-Sung Sim [Ein Steuermann] | John Dickie [Ein junger Seemann] | Vienna State Opera Chorus | Vienna State Opera Orchestra | Christian Thielemann (conductor)

March 6, 2017

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

William Shimmel [Don Giovanni] | Samuel Ramey (bass) [Leporello] | Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Donna Anna] | Carol Vaness [Donna Elvira] | Frank Lopardo (tenor) [Don Ottavio] | Susanne Mentzer [Zerlina] | Natale de Carolis [Masetto] | Jan-Hendrik Rootering [Commendatore/La Statua] | Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Riccardo Muti (conductor)

March 7, 2017

Catone in Utica

Antonio Vivaldi

Cecilia Gasdia [Cesare] | Marilyn Schmiege [Marzia] | Susanna Rigacci [Arbace] | Margarita Zimmermann [Emilia] | Lucrezia Lendi [Fulvio] | Ernesto Palacio [Catone] | I Solist Veneti | Claudio Scimione (conductor)

March 8, 2017

Anna Bolena

Gaetano Donizetti

Joan Sutherland (soprano) [Anna Bolena] | Samuel Ramey (bass) [Enrico VIII] | Jerry Hadley (tenor) [Lord Riccardo Percy] | Susanne Mentzer [Giovanna Seymour] | Bernadette Manca di Nissa [Smeton] | Giorgio Surian [Lord Rochefort] | Ernesto Gavazzi [Sir Hervey] | Chorus of the Welsh National Opera [Cortigiani, dame, paggi, scudieri, cacciatori, sceriffi, guardie] | Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera | Richard Bonynge (conductor)

March 9, 2017

Giasone

Pier Francesco Cavalli

Michael Chance (alto) [Giasone] | Harry van der Kamp (bass) [Ercole] | Michael Schopper [Besso] | Catherine Dubosc (soprano) [Isifile] | Bernard Delétré [Oreste] | Agnes Mellon [Alinda] | Gloria Banditelli [Medea] | Dominique Visse [Delfa] | Guy de Mey (tenor) [Egeo] | Gianpaolo Fagotto [Demoiselle d'honneur 1] | Guy de Mey (tenor) [Sole] | Agnes Mellon [Amore] | Harry van der Kamp (bass) [Giove] | Dominique Visse [Eolo] | Michael Schopper [Volano] | Concerto Vocale | René Jacobs (conductor)

March 10, 2017

Alcina

George Frideric Handel

Renée Fleming (soprano) [Alcina] | Susan Graham [Ruggiero] | Natalie Dessay (soprano) [Morgana] | Kathleen Kuhlmann [Bradamante] | Timothy Robsinson [Oronte] | Laurent Naouri [Melisso] | Juanita Lascarro [Oberto] | Les Arts Florissants | William Christie (conductor)

March 11, 2017

Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi

Piero Cappuccilli (baritone) [Nabucco] | Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Ismaele] | Evgeny Nesterenko [Zaccaria] | Ghena Dimitrova [Abigaille] | Lucia Valentini Terrani [Fenena] | Kurt Rydl [Il Gran Sacerdote di Belo] | Volker Horn [Abdallo] | Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin | Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

March 12, 2017

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar)

Mikhail Glinka

Nicola Ghiuselev [Ivan Susanin] | Elena Stoyanova [Antonida] | Hristina Angelakova [Vanja] | Roumen Doikov [Bogdan Sobinin] | Nikolai Stoilov [Russian Soldier] | Angel Petkov [Polish Messenger] | Dimiter Stanchev [Sigizmund the Third] | Bulgarian Television and Radio Mixed Choir [Peasants, Russian volunteers, ladies-in-waiting, Polish knights, soldiers, etc.] | Bulgarian Television and Radio Symphony Orchestra | Ivan Marinov (conductor)

March 13, 2017

L'incoronazione di Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [La Fortuna] | Catherine Bott [La Virtù] | Marinella Pennicchi [Amore] | Sylvia McNair [Poppea] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Ottavia] | Dana Hanchard [Nerone] | Michael Chance (alto) [Ottone] | Francesco Ellero d'Artegna [Seneca] | Catherine Bott [Drusilla] | Bernarda Fink (alto) [Arnalta] | Roberto Balconi [Nutrice] | Mark Tucker (tenor) [Soldato] | Nigel Robson [Soldato] | Mark Tucker (tenor) [Lucano] | Constanze Backes [Valletto] | Marinella Pennicchi [Damigella] | Nigel Robson [Liberto] | Julian Clarkson [Littore] | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

March 14, 2017

Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

Roberto Alagna (tenor) [Roméo] | Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) [Juliette] | José van Dam (baritone) [Frère Laurent] | Marie-Ange Todorovitch [Stéphano] | Simon Keenlyside (baritone) [Mercutio] | Alain Fondary [Capulet] | Claire Larcher [Gertrude] | Daniel Galvez Vallejo [Tybalt] | Guy Flechter [Benvolio] | Didier Henry [Pâris] | Till Fecnher [Grégorio] | Alain Vernhes [Le Duc] | Christophe Fel [Frère Jean] | Anne Constantin [Manuela] | Doris Lamprecht [Pepita] | Yann Beuron [Angelo] | Chœur et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse | Michel Plasson (conductor)

March 15, 2017

Hamlet

Ambroise Thomas

Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Hamlet] | June Anderson [Ophélie] | Samuel Ramey (bass) [Claudius, Roi du Danemark] | Gregory Kunde [Laërte] | Denyce Graves [La Reine Gertrude] | Jean-Philippe Courtis [Le Spectre] | Gerard Garino [Marcellus] | François Le Roux [Horatio] | Michel Trempot [Polonius] | Thierry Felix [Premier Fossoyeur] | Jean-Pierre Furlan [Second Fossoyeur] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | London Philharmonic Orchestra | Antonio de Almeida (conductor)

March 16, 2017

Lo frate 'nnamorato

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Alessandro Corbelli [Marcaniello] | Nuccia Focile [Ascanio] | Amelia Felle [Nena] | Bernadette Manca di Nissa [Nina] | Luciana D'Intino [Luggrezia] | Ezio di Cesare [Carlo] | Elizabet Norber-Schulz [Vannella] | Nicoletta Curiel [Cardella] | Bruno de Simone [Don Pietro] | Luca Bonini [Lo schermidore] | Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala | Riccardo Muti (conductor)

March 17, 2017

L'italiana in Algeri

Gioachino Rossini

Ruggero Raimondi (baritone) [Mustafà] | Patrizia Pace [Elvira] | Anna Gonda [Zulma] | Alessandro Corbelli [Haly] | Frank Lopardo (tenor) [Lindoro] | Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) [Isabella] | Enzo Dara [Taddeo] | Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Claudio Abbado (conductor)

March 18, 2017

Scylla et Glaucus

Jean Marie Leclair

Donna Brown [Scylla] | Howard Crook (tenor) [Glaucus] | Rachel Yakar (soprano) [Circé] | Catherine Dubosc (soprano) [Dorine] | Françoise Golfier [L'Amour] | Agnes Mellon [Vénus] | Renè Schirrer [Licas] | Elisabeth Vidal (soprano) [Témire] | Andrew Murgatroyd (tenor) [Un Propetide] | Nicolas Robertson [Un Propetide] | Philip Salmon [Un berger] | Richard Stuart (baritone) [Un Silvain] | Francis Dudziak [Un Silvain] | Francis Dudziak [Hécate] | The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

March 19, 2017

Louise

Gustave Charpentier

Beverly Sills (soprano) [Louise] | Nicolai Gedda [Julien] | Mignon Dunn [La mère] | José van Dam (baritone) [La père] | Éliane Lublin [Irma] | Christiane Chateau [Camille] | Sonia Nigoghossian [Élise] | Marie Bertola [Marguerite] | Martine Surais [Gertrude] | Claude Vierne [La première] | Carla Rutili [Madeleine] | Mireille Laurent [L'apprentie] | Elya Weismann [Blanche] | Maria Mella [Suzanne] | Martyn Hill [Le noctambule] | Jacques Mars [Le chiffonier] | Jean-Jacques Doumène [Le bricoleur] | Chœur et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opera de Paris | Julius Rudel (conductor)

March 20, 2017

Lohengrin

Richard Wagner

Kurt Moll [Heinrich der Vogler (Henry the Fowler)] | Siegfried Jerusalem [Lohengrin] | Cheryl Studer [Elsa von Brabant] | Hartmut Welker [Friedrich von Telramund] | Waltraud Meier [Ortrud] | Andreas Schmidt [The King's Herald] | Bojidar Nikolov [Nobleman of Brabant] | Franz Kasemann [Nobleman of Brabant] | Claudio Otelli [Nobleman of Brabant] | Peter Koves [Nobleman of Brabant] | Amy-Linda Domaracki [Page] | Ingrid Sieghart [Page] | Senta Fischer [Page] | Elisabeth Mach [Page] | Vienna State Opera Chorus [Saxon and Thuringian counts and nobles | Brabantine counts and nobles, noblewomen, pages, vassals, ladies, serfs] | Vienna Philharmonic | Claudio Abbado (conductor)

March 21, 2017

Katya Kabanova

Leos Janácek

Zdenek Kroupa [Savel P. Dikoi] | Beno Blachut [Boris Grigorievich] | Ludmila Komancova [Marpha I. Kabanova] | Bohumir Vich [Tikhon I. Kabanov] | Drahomira Tikalova [Katya Kabanova] | Viktor Koci [Vania Kudriash] | Ivana Mixova [Varvara] | Rudolf Zedlicka [Kuligin] | Eva Hlobilova [Glasha] | Marcela Lemariova [Feklusha] | Chorus of the Prague National Theatre [Town-dwellers] | Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre | Jaroslav Krombholc (conductor)

March 22, 2017

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Edita Gruberova [Konstanze] | Kathleen Battle [Blonde] | Gösta Winbergh [Belmonte] | Heinz Zednik [Pedrillo] | Martti Talvela [Osmin] | Will Quadflieg [Selim] | Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

March 23, 2017

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini

Anna Moffo [Mimì] | Richard Tucker (tenor) [Rodolfo] | Robert Merrill [Marcello] | Mary Costa [Musetta] | Giorgio Tozzi [Colline] | Philip Maero (baritone) [Schaunard] | Fernando Corena [Benoît] | Giorgio Onesti [Alcindoro] | Adelio Zagonara [Parpignol] | Flavio Tosin [Doganiere] | Adelio Zagonara [Sergente dei Doganieri] | Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus | Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)

March 24, 2017

La Favorite

Gaetano Donizetti

Anthony Michaels-Moore [Alphonse XI] | Vesselina Kasarova [Léonor de Guzman] | Abbie Furmansky [Inès] | Ramon Vargas [Fernand] | Carlo Colombara [Balthazar] | Francesco Piccoli [Don Gaspar] | Lorenz Fehenberger [Un seigneur] | Bavarian Radio Chorus | Münchner Rundfunkorchester | Marcello Viotti (conductor)

March 25, 2017

L'incoronazione di Dario

Antonio Vivaldi

John Elwes [Dario] | Gerard Lesne [Statira] | Henri Ledroit [Argene] | Michel Verschaeve [Niceno] | Isabelle Poulenard [Alinda] | Agnes Mellon [Oronte] | Isabelle Poulenard [Arpago] | Dominique Visse [Flora Bervoix] | John Elwes [Le Fantôme de Ciro] | Michel Verschaeve [L'Oracle d'Apollo] | Ensemble Baroque de Nice | Gilbert Bezzin (conductor)

March 26, 2017

Hippolyte et Aricie (Tragédie en musique)

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Mark Padmore (tenor) [Hippolyte, fils de Thésée (Hippolytus, son of Theseus)] | Anna-Maria Panzarella (soprano) [Aricie (Aricia)] | Lorraine Hunt (mezzo-soprano) [Phèdre, femme de Thésée, belle-mère d'Hippolyte (Phaedra, wife of Theseus, stepmother of Hippolytus)] | Laurent Naouri (bass) [Thésée (Theseus)] | Eirian James (mezzo-soprano) [Diane (Diana)] | Gaëlle Méchaly (soprano) [L'Amour (Cupid) | Une Matelote (A sailor girl)] | Nathan Berg (bass) [Jupiter | Pluton (Pluto) | Neptune] | Paul Agnew (tenor) [Un Amour (A cupid)] | Patricia Petibon (soprano) [Une Prêtresse (A priestess) | Une Bergère (A shepherdess)] | Mireille Delunsch (soprano) [La Grande Prêtresse (The High Priestess) | Une Chasseresse (A huntress)] | Katalin Károlyi (mezzo-soprano) [Œnone, confidente de Phèdre (Oenone, confidant of Phaedra)] | Yann Beuron (tenor) [Arcas, confidente de Thésée (Arcas, confidant of Theseus) | Mercure] | François Piolino (tenor) [Tisiphone, une Furie (Tisiphone, a Fury)] | Christopher Josey (tenor) [Première Parque (First Fate)] | Matthieu Lécroart (bass) [Deuxième Parque (Second Fate)] | Bertrand Bontoux (bass) Troisième Parque (Third Fate)] | David Le Monnier (baritone) [Un Chasseur (A hunter)] | Les Arts Florissants | William Christie (conductor)

March 27, 2017

Ernani

Giuseppe Verdi

Luciano Pavarotti [Ernani] | Leo Nucci [Don Carlo] | Paata Burchuladze [Don Ruy Gomez de Silva] | Joan Sutherland [Elvira] | Linda McLeod [Giovanna] | Richard Morton [Don Riccardo] | Alastaire Miles [Jago] | Chorus of Welsh National Opera [Mountain people and bandits, knights, members of Silva's household, maids in attendance on Elvira, knights of Don Carlo's suite, members of the "Holy Alliance," Spanish and German nobles and their ladies] | Orchestra of Welsh National Opera | Richard Bonynge (conductor)

March 28, 2017

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Gioachino Rossini

Thomas Allen (baritone) [Figaro] | Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) [Rosina] | Francisco Araiza [Il Conte d'Almaviva] | Domenico Trimarchi [Bartolo] | Robert Lloyd (bass) [Basilio] | Sally Burgess [Berta] | Matthew Best [Fiorello] | John Noble [Ufficiale] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

March 29, 2017

Daphne

Richard Strauss

Renée Fleming (soprano) [Daphne] | Kwangchul Youn [Peneios] | Lisa Larsson (soprano) [Gaea] | Michael Schade [Leukippos] | Johan Botha [Apollo] | Eike Wilm Schulte [Shepherd] | Cosmin Ifrim [Shepherd] | Gregory Reinhart [Shepherd] | Carsten Wittmoser [Shepherd] | Julia Kleiter [Maid] | Twyla Robinson [Maid] | Herren des WDR Rundfunkchors Köln | WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln | Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

March 30, 2017

Fierrabras

Franz Schubert

Robert Holl (bass) [König Karl] | Karita Mattila (soprano) [Emma] | Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Roland] | Peter Hofmann (tenor) [Ogier] | Jörg Schluckebier [Olivier] | Rainer Brandstetter [Gui von Burgund] | Claus Kühbacher [Richard von der Normandie] | Michael Weber [Gérard von Mondidur] | Robert Gambill [Eginhard] | László Polgár [Boland] | Josef Protschka (tenor) [Fierrabras] | Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Florinda] | Brigitte Balleys [Maragond] | Hartmut Welker [Brutamonte] | Brigitte Pinter [Eine Jungfrau] | Arnold Schoenberg Choir [Fränkische und maurische Ritter und Krieger, Emmas Fräuleins, Volk] | Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Claudio Abbado (conductor)

March 31, 2017

Das Rheingold

Richard Wagner

James Morris (bass) [Wotan] | Siegfried Lorenz [Donner] | Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) | Siegfried Jerusalem [Loge] | Ekkehard Wlaschiha [Alberich] | Heinz Zednik (tenor) [Mime] | Kurt Moll [Fasolt] | Jan-Hendrik Rootering [Fafner] | Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) [Fricka] | Mari Anne Häggander [Freia] | Birgitta Svendén [Erda] | Hei-Kyung Hong [Woglinde] | Diane Kesling [Wellgunde] | Meredith Parsons [Flosshilde] | The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra | James Levine (conductor)

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