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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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January 24, 2017

Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Taddei [Sir John Falstaff] | Rolando Panerai [Ford] | Francisco Araiza [Fenton] | Piero de Palma [Dr. Cajus] | Heinz Zednik [Bardolfo] | Federico Davia [Pistola] | Raina Kabaivanska [Mrs. Alice Ford] | Janet Perry [Nannetta] | Trudeliese Schmidt [Mrs. Meg Page] | Christa Ludwig [Mrs. Quickly] | Vienna State Opera Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

January 25, 2017

La Rondine

Giacomo Puccini

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) [Magda] | Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Ruggero] | Mariana Nicolesco [Lisette] | David Rendall [Prunier] | Leo Nucci (baritone) [Rambaldo] | Lillian Watson [Yvette] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | London Symphony Orchestra | Lorin Maazel (conductor)

January 26, 2017

Pelléas et Mélisande

Claude Debussy

Colette Alliot-Lugaz [Mélisande] | Didier Henry [Pelléas] | Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Golaud] | Pierre Thau [Arkel] | Claudine Carlson [Geneviève] | Françoise Golfier [Yniold] | Phillip Ens [Un berger | Un médecin] | Chours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal [Marins en coulisse, servantes mendiants] | Orchestre symphonique de Montréal | Charles Dutoit (conductor)

January 27, 2017

Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto

George Frideric Handel

Ann Hallenberg [Tolomeo] | Karina Gauvin [Seleuce] | Pietro Spagnoli [Araspe] | Anna Bonitatibus [Elisa] | Romina Basso [Alessandro] | Il Complesso Barocco | Alan Curtis (conductor)

January 28, 2017

Il turco in Italia

Gioachino Rossini

Michele Pertusi [Selim] | Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) [Donna Fiorilla] | Alessandro Corbelli [Don Geronio] | Ramon Vargas [Don Narciso] | Roberto de Candia (baritone) [Poeta] | Laura Polverelli [Zaida] | Francesco Piccoli [Albazar] | Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala | Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

January 29, 2017

Castor et Pollux (Tragédie en musique)

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jeanette Scovotti (soprano) [Minerve (Minerva)] | Märta Schéle (soprano) [Vénus] | Zeger Vandersteene (tenor) [L'Amour (Cupid)] | Rolf Leanderson (baritone) [Mars] | Jeanette Scovotti (soprano) [Télaïre, fille du Soleil (Telaira, daughter of the Sun)] | Norma Lerer (soprano) [Phébé, princesse de Sparte (Phoebe, Princess of Sparta)] | Zeger Vandersteene (tenor) [Castor, fils de Tindare (Castor, son of Tyndareus)] | Gérard Souzay (baritone) [Pollux, fils de Jupiter et de Léda (Pollux, son of Jupiter and Leda)] | Jacques Villisech (bass-baritone) [Jupiter] | Sven-Erik Alexandersson (tenor) [Le Gran-Pretre de Jupiter (The high priest of Jupiter) | Un Athlète] | Rold Leanderson (baritone) [Un Athlète] | Helga Reiter (soprano) [Une Suivante d'Hébé (A follower of Hebe)] | Märta Schéle (soprano) [Une Suivante d'Hébé (A follower of Hebe) | Une Ombre heureuse (A blessed spirit) | Une Planète (A planet)] | Stockholm Kammerkören [Les Arts | Les Plaisirs (the Pleasures)] | Stockholm Kammerkören [Athlètes, combattants et Spartiates | Prêtres de Jupiter (priests of Jupiter) | Plaisirs célestes | Démons | Ombres heureuses (blessed spirits) | Astres (stars) | Constellations, Planètes, Satellites | Les Dieux (gods)] | Concentus Musicus Wien | Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

January 30, 2017

Pénélope

Gabriel Fauré

Jessye Norman (soprano) [Pénélope] | Jocelyne Taillon [Euryclée] | Colette Alliot-Lugaz [Alkandre] | Christine Barbaux (soprano) [Phylo] | Danielle Borst [Lydie] | Michelle Command [Mélantho] | Norma Lerer [Cléone] | Alain Vanzo [Ulysse] | Jean Dupouy [Antinoüs] | Paul Guigue [Ctésippe] | Gérard Friedmann [Léodès] | Philippe Huttenlocher [Eurymaque] | José van Dam (baritone) [Eumée] | François Le Roux [Pisandre] | Ensemble Vocal Jean LaForge | Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo | Charles Dutoit (conductor)

January 31, 2017

The Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nicolai Ohotnikov [Prince Yury Vsevolodich] | Yuri Marusin [Prince Vsevolod] | Galina Gorchakova [Fevroniya] | Vladimir Galuzin [Grishka Kuter'ma] | Nikolai Putilin [Feodor Poyarok] | Olga Korzhenskaya [Page] | Evgeny Boitsov [Well-off Person] | Evgeny Fedorov [Well-off Person] | Mikhail Kit [Gusli Player] | Nikolai Gassiev [Bear Leader] | Grigory Karasev [Singing Beggar] | Bulat Minjilkiev [Bedyay] | Vladimir Ognovienko (bass) [Burunday] | Tatiana Kravtsova [Sirin] | Larissa Diadkova [Alkonost] | Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St. Petersburg | Valery Gergiev

February 1, 2017

Hérodiade

Jules Massenet

Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Salomé] | Nadine Denize (mezzo-soprano) [Hérodiade] | Martine Olmeda [Une jeune Babylonienne] | Ben Heppner (tenor) [Jean] | Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Hérode] | José van Dam (baritone) [Phanuel] | Marcel Vanaud [Vitellius] | Jean-Philippe Courtis [Le Grand Prêtre] | Jean-Paul Fouchécourt [Une voix dans le temple] | Chour et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse | Michel Plasson (conductor)

February 2, 2017

Dardanus

Jean-Philippe Rameau

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) [Dardanus] | Véronique Gens [Iphise] | Laurent Naouri [Anténor] | Mireille Delunsch [Vénus] | Jean-Philippe Courtis [Isménor] | Russell Smythe [Teucer] | Magdalena Kozená [Une Bergère] | Françoise Masset [L'Amour] | Jean-Louis Bindi [Un Phrygien] | Magdalena Kozená [Première Songe] | Alain Lombard (conductor) [Seconde Songe] | Marcos Pujol [Troisième Songe] | Magdalena Kozená [Première Phrygienne] | Françoise Masset [Seconde Phrygienne] | Chour des Musiciens du Louvre | Les musiciens du Louvre | Marc Minkowski (conductor)

February 3, 2017

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Vincenzo Bellini

Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) [Romeo] | Edita Gruberova [Giulietta] | Gwynne Howell [Capellio] | Dano Raffanti [Tebaldo] | John Tomlinson [Lorenzo] | Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden | Riccardo Muti (conductor)

February 4, 2017

Un Ballo in Maschera

Giuseppe Verdi

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) [Riccardo] | Renato Bruson [Renato] | Margaret Price [Amelia] | Christa Ludwig [Ulrica] | Kathleen Battle [Oscar] | Peter Weber [Silvano] | Robert Lloyd [Samuel] | Malcolm King [Tom] | Alexander Oliver [Un Giudice] | Peter Hall [Un Servo d'Amelia] | London Opera Chorus [Deputies, officers, sailors, guards, men and women of the people, gentlemen, followers of Samuel and Tom, servants, maskers and dancing couples] | Royal College of Music Junior Department Chorus | National Philharmonic Orchestra | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

February 5, 2017

Les Huguenots

Giacomo Meyerbeer

Ghylaine Raphanel [Marguerite de Valois] | Françoise Pollet [Valentine] | Danielle Borst [Urbain] | Richard Leech (tenor) [Raoul de Nangis] | Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Le Comte de Nevers] | Boris Martinovic [Le Comte de Saint-Bris] | Nicola Ghiuselev [Marcel] | Jean-Luc Maurette [De Tavannes] | Christian Jean [De Cossé/Bois Roé/Un Moine] | Marc Barrard (baritone) [De Thoré] | Antoine Garcin [De Retz] | Herve Martin [De Meru/Un Moine/Un Archer] | Christian Boulay [Maurevert/Un Moine] | Chours de l'Opéra de Montpellier | Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier | Cyril Diederich (conductor)

February 6, 2017

Farnace

Antonio Vivaldi

Max Emanuel Cencic [Farnace] | Ruxandra Donose [Tamiri] | Mary Ellen Nesi [Berenice] | Ann Hallenberg [Selinda] | Karina Gauvin [Gilade] | Daniel Behle [Pompeo] | Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro [Aquilio] | Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano | I Barocchisti | Diego Fasolis (conductor)

February 7, 2017

Ezio

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Max Emanuel Cencic [Emperor Valentiniano III] | Ann Hallenberg [Fulvia] | Sonia Prina [Ezio] | Mayuko Karasawa [Onoria] | Topi Lehtipuu [Massimo] | Julian Prégardien [Varo] | Il Complesso Barocco | Alan Curtis (conductor)

February 8, 2017

Boris Godunov

Modest Mussorgsky

Alexander Vedernikov [Boris Godunov] | Glafira Koroleva [Feodor] | Elena Shkolnikova [Xenia] | Nina Grigorieva [Nurse] | Andrei Sokolov [Shuisky] | Alexander Voroshilo [Shchelkalov] | Vladimir Matorin (bass) [Pimen] | Vladisolav Piavko [Grigory/Dmitri] | Irina Arkhipova [Marina Mnishek] | Yuri Masurok [Rangoni] | Artur Eisen [Varlaam] | Anatoli Mishutin [Missail] | Ludmila Simonova [Hostess] | Janis Sporgis [Simpleton] | Vladimir Filippov [Nikitich] | Nikolaï Nizinenko [Mitiukha] | Yuri Elnikov [Boyar/Khrushchov/Lavitsky] | Vladimir Silaev [Chernikovsky] | USSR TV and Radio Large Chorus and Symphony Orchestra | Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor)

February 9, 2017

La Wally

Alfredo Catalani

Eva Marton [Wally] | Francesco Ellero d'Artegna [Stromminger] | Alan Titus [Vincenzo Gellner] | Francisco Araiza [Giuseppe, servo di Violetta] | Birgit Calm [Afra] | Julie Kaufmann [Walter] | Michele Pertusi [Il Pedone] | Bavarian Radio Chorus | Münchner Rundfunkorchester | Pinchas Steinberg (conductor)

February 10, 2017

Idomeneo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) [Idomeneo] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Idamante] | Sylvia McNair [Ilia] | Hillevi Martinpelto [Elettra] | Nigel Robson [Arbace] | Glenn Winslade [Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno] | Cornelius Hauptmann (bass) [La Voce] | Angela Kazimierczuk [Cretesa 1] | Jonathan Peter Kenny [Cretesa 2] | Philip Salmon [Troiane 1] | Stephen Charlesworth [Troiane 2] | The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

February 11, 2017

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Mirella Freni (soprano) [Cio-cio-san] | Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) [B. F. Pinkerton] | Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) [Suzuki] | Robert Kerns (baritone) [Sharpless] | Michel Sénéchal (bass) [Goro] | Marius Rintzler [Il Bonzo] | Elke Schary [Kate Pinkerton] | Giorgio Stendoro [Il principe Yamadori] | Hans Helm [Il commissario imperiale] | Wolfgang Scheider [Lo zio Yakusidè] | Siegfried Rudolf Frese [L'ufficiale del registro] | Evamaria Hurdes [La madre di Cio-cio-san] | Erna Maria Mühlberger [La zia di Cio-cio-san] | Martha Heigl [La cugina di Cio-cio-san] | Vienna State Opera Chorus [Parenti ed amiche di Cio-cio-san | Marinai] | Vienna Philharmonic | Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

February 12, 2017

Serse (Xerxes)

George Frideric Handel

Judith Malafronte [Serse (Xerxes)] | Jennifer Smith (soprano) [Romilda] | Lisa Milne (soprano) [Atalanta] | Susan Bickley [Amastre] | Brian Asawa [Arsamene] | David Thomas [Elviro] | Dean Ely [Ariodate] | Hanover Band and Chorus | Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

February 13, 2017

Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner

Birgit Nilsson (soprano) [Brünnhilde] | Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor) [Siegfried] | Gustav Neidlinger [Alberich] | Gottlieb Frick (bass) [Hagen] | Claire Watson [Gutrune] | Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [Gunther] | Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) [Waltraute] | Lucia Popp [Woglinde] | Della Jones [Wellgunde] | Maureen Guy [Flosshilde] | Helen Watts (alto) [Erste Norn] | Grace Hoffman [Zweite Norn] | Anita Välkki [Dritte Norn] | Vienna State Opera Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

February 14, 2017

Tiefland

Eugene d'Albert

Paul Schöffler [Sebastino] | Oskar Czerwenka [Tommaso] | Gré Brouwenstijn [Marta] | Judith Hellwig [Pepa] | Ruth Nixa [Antonia] | Kerttu Metsälä [Rosalia] | Dodi Protero [Nuri] | Eberhard Wächter [Moruccio] | Hans Hopf [Pedro] | Waldemar Kmentt [Nando] | Vienna State Opera Chorus | Vienna Symphony Orchestra | Rudolf Moralt (conductor)

February 15, 2017

La Cenerentola

Gioachino Rossini

Agnes Baltsa [Cenerentola (Angiolina)] | Francisco Araiza [Don Ramiro] | Simone Alaimo [Dandini] | Ruggero Raimondi (baritone) [Don Magnifico] | Carol Malone [Clorinda] | Felicity Palmer (soprano) [Tisbe] | John Del Carlo [Alidoro] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

February 16, 2017

Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti

Beverly Sills (soprano) [Norina] | Donald Gramm [Don Pasquale] | Alan Titus [Dottor Malatesta] | Alfredo Kraus [Ernesto] | Henry Newman [Un Notaro] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | London Symphony Orchestra | Sarah Caldwell (conductor)

February 17, 2017

Der Traumgörge

Alexander von Zemlinsky

David Kuebler [Görge] | Patricia Racette [Gertraud] | Iride Martinez [Grete] | Andreas Schmidt (baritone) [Hans] | Zelotes Edmund Toliver [Der Müller] | Julian Rodescu [Der Pastor] | Susan Anthony [Die Prinzessin] | Machiko Obata [Eine Traumstimme] | Michael Volle [Kaspar] | Lothar Odinius [Züngl] | Zelotes Edmund Toliver [Mathes] | Natalie Karl [Marei] | John C. Pierce [Ein Wirt] | Machiko Obata [Eine Wirtin] | Julian Rodescu [Ein Bauer] | Opernchor der Hochschule für Musik Köln [Burschen und Mädchen, Dorfleute, Traumstimmen, Bauern, Kinder] | Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker | James Conlon (conductor)

February 18, 2017

L'isola disabitata

Joseph Haydn

Susanne Mentzer [Costanza] | Ying Huang [Silvia] | John Aler [Gernando] | Christopher Schaldenbrand [Enrico] | Padova Chamber Orchestra | David Golub (conductor)

February 19, 2017

Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf [Die Feldmarschallin] | Otto Edelmann [Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau] | Christa Ludwig [Octavian] | Eberhard Wächter [Herr von Faninal] | Teresa Stich-Randall [Sophie] | Ljuba Welitsch [Marianne] | Paul Kuen [Valzacchi] | Kerstin Meyer [Annina] | Nicolai Gedda [Ein Sänger] | Philharmonia Chorus | Loughton High School for Girls & Bancroft's School | Philharmonia Orchestra | Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

February 20, 2017

Faust

Charles Gounod

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) [Marguerite] | Francisco Araiza [Faust] | Evgeny Nesterenko [Méphistophélès] | Andreas Schmidt (baritone) [Valentin] | Pamela Coburn [Siébel] | Marjana Lipovsek (alto) [Marthe] | Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Wagner] | Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra | Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

February 21, 2017

L'Orfeo

Claudio Monteverdi

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) [Orfeo] | Julianne Baird [Euridice] | Lynne Dawson (soprano) [La Musica] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Messaggiera] | Nancy Argenta (soprano) [Ninfa] | Mary Nichols [Speranza] | John Tomlinson [Caronte/Sprito III] | Diana Montague (alto) [Proserpina] | Willard White [Plutone] | Mark Tucker (tenor) [Pastore I/Eco] | Nigel Robson [Pastore II/Apollo] | Michael Chance (alto) [Pastore III] | Simon Birchall (bass) [Pastore IV] | Howard Milner [Spirito I] | Nicolas Robertson [Spirito II] | The Monteverdi Choir [Coro di ninfe e pastori | Coro di spiriti] | The English Baroque Soloists | His Majestie's Sagbutts & Cornetts | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

February 22, 2017

I Vespri Siciliani

Giuseppe Verdi

Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Elena] | Chris Merritt [Arrigo] | Giorgio Zancanaro [Monforte] | Ferruccio Furlanetto [Procida] | Gloria Banditelli [Ninetta] | Ernesto Gavazzi [Danieli] | Enzo Capuano [Bethune] | Francesco Musinu [Vaudemont] | Paolo Barbacini [Tebaldo] | Marco Chingari [Roberto] | Ferrero Poggi [Manfredo] | Coro del Teatro alla Scala [Sicilian men and women, French soldiers] | Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala | Riccardo Muti (conductor)

February 23, 2017

Oberon

Carl Maria von Weber

Gary Lakes [Oberon] | Ben Heppner [Hüon von Bordeaux] | Deborah Voigt [Rezia] | Delores Ziegler [Fatime] | Dwayne Croft [Scherasmin] | Victoria Livengood [Puck] | Machiko Obata [Meermädchen] | Ludwig Boettger [Narrator] | Cologne Opera Chorus | Cologne Philharmonic | James Conlon (conductor)

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)

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