The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The performance, sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series, stars soprano Heidi Stober as Gretel; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice in her network broadcast debut as Hansel; tenor Robert Brubaker as the wicked Witch who captures them; and Michaela Martens and Dwayne Croft as the parents of the wayward children; Sir Andrew Davis conducts.
The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata on WWNO HD-2. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, brings her acclaimed Violetta to the Met for the first time. American tenor Stephen Costello stars opposite her as her impetuous lover Alfredo, with American baritone Quinn Kelsey as his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.
Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.
On Saturday, December 7, Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee performances will air on 24-hour Classical WWNO2. This 83rd season of 23 operas begins with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, airing at noon.
This production, by director Michael Mayer, moves the action from 16th-Century Mantua to neon-lit Las Vegas in 1960, and stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani and Sonya Yoncheva.
Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.
New Orleans opera lovers always feel a little starved over the hot summer months as they wait for the return of full scale performances in October.
But this Sunday, for one night only, the musical desert will bloom with the sounds of one of America’s great singers. Sharon Litwin talks with Elizabeth Futral about her life in the world of opera and what she plans to sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert at Loyola University.