Opera http://iowapublicradio.org en July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/july-ias-spotlights-nordic-fest-cedar-valley-chamber-music-festival-ui-summer-opera-and-more <p>Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical as you pack the van for this summer’s music festival offerings. Arts events featured on this month’s <em>Iowa Arts Showcase</em> include:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Nordic Fest, with Martha Griesheimer and Randy Schissel</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, with Hunter Cappoccioni</em></em></em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Iowa Summer Opera’s production of “Patience,” with Nicholas Wuehrmann</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">And Sleepy Bones Allison, aspiring middle school blues guitarist</em></li></ul><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:51:16 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 42716 at http://iowapublicradio.org July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more! Netrebko's "Elisir" Live from the Met @Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/netrebkos-elisir-live-met-noon <p>Flu kept Russian mega-diva Anna Netrebko from opening the Met's "Elixir of Love" earlier this month - but she's back, and, says the New York Times, she's "right in the zone, singing with plushness, brilliance and spontaneity. She truly inhabited the role of Adina." And Netrebko's ex, bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, "stole every scene he was in" as the quack doctor who tries to peddle snake oil in her little town. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 03:23:49 +0000 Barney Sherman 35305 at http://iowapublicradio.org Netrebko's "Elisir" Live from the Met @Noon Taymor/ Glover "Magic Flute" from Met http://iowapublicradio.org/post/taymor-glover-magic-flute-met <p>Tune in Saturday at noon as Julie Taymor's innovative production of "The Magic Flute" returns to the Met - conducted by master Mozartian Jane Glover in her Met debut. (She is only the third woman to conduct there.)</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:22:42 +0000 Barney Sherman 34352 at http://iowapublicradio.org Taymor/ Glover "Magic Flute" from Met Heppner, Stemme in Houston's "Tristan" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/heppner-stemme-houstons-tristan <p>Join us at noon for the opera that changed music: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. As Tristan is no less than Ben Heppner, "open-hearted, in robust and thrilling voice… His Tristan is less a hero and more a tortured, troubled soul, filled with longing, pride, and confusion." As Isolde is Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, who "fascinates by her ability to combine vocal beauty with dramatic force."</p><p></p> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:29:14 +0000 Barney Sherman 32863 at http://iowapublicradio.org Heppner, Stemme in Houston's "Tristan" Houston "Don Giovanni" Saturday @noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/houston-don-giovanni-saturday-noon <p>Join us Saturday as Trevor Pinnock conducts Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Houston Grand Opera. Adrian Eröd is the Don, Veronika Dzhioeva is Donna Elvira, and Morris Robinson is the Commendatore.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:53:26 +0000 Barney Sherman 32457 at http://iowapublicradio.org Houston "Don Giovanni" Saturday @noon "Boheme" from Cedar Rapids Opera http://iowapublicradio.org/post/boheme-cedar-rapids-opera <p>Tune in today at<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;"> 12 noon for the grand finale of our </span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-st Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:08:49 +0000 Barney Sherman 31418 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Boheme" from Cedar Rapids Opera Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini http://iowapublicradio.org/post/houston-grand-opera-returns-w-rossini <p>Tune in right now as the Houston Grand Opera returns for four weekends to IPR. First up is Rossini's delightful "The Italian Girl in Algiers," with the noted mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the title role.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:39:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 31325 at http://iowapublicradio.org Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-october-5-2013-11-am-and-5-pm <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio&#39;s next&nbsp;<em>Iowa Arts Showcase</em>&nbsp;broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio&#39;s Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition:&nbsp;<em>Gravity and Grace</em></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:47:07 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 30050 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sf-opera-wagners-lohengrin-0 <p>Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner&#39;s most accessible opera, <em>Lohengrin</em>, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, &quot;a first-rate Wagner tenor&quot;; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,&quot;evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa&#39;s account of her mysterious savior&quot;<em> (Gramophone).</em></p><p></p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 01:04:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 29778 at http://iowapublicradio.org SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin" SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sf-opera-wagners-lohengrin <p>Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner&#39;s most accessible opera, <em>Lohengrin</em>, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title roles is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, &quot;a first-rate Wagner tenor&quot;; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,&quot;evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa&#39;s account of her mysterious savior&quot;<em> (Gramophone).</em></p><p></p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 01:04:19 +0000 Barney Sherman 29777 at http://iowapublicradio.org SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin" SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sf-opera-returns-die-walkure <p>Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's <em>The Valkyries</em>, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 02:56:34 +0000 Barney Sherman 28312 at http://iowapublicradio.org SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure "Power" and "Beauty" in LA's Tosca http://iowapublicradio.org/post/power-and-beauty-las-tosca <p>Tune in at noon for Puccini's <em>Tosca </em>from the LA Opera. Sondra Radvanovsky, in the title role, provides what a critic called "a voice of power, but also a voice of great beauty." (He added, What an actress!) Marco Berti and the other singers also won high praise. And the conductor is none other than Placido Domingo.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:29:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 27923 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Power" and "Beauty" in LA's Tosca LA Opera's "Foscaris" Saturday at Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/la-operas-foscaris-saturday-noon <p><span>Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state desperate to protect his son - and himself - from ruthless enemies, </span>as the LA Opera return to IPR with Verdi's "The Two Foscaris." <span>The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, the father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city without mercy</span>. The strong cast also includes Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya.</p><p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:11:29 +0000 Barney Sherman 24248 at http://iowapublicradio.org LA Opera's "Foscaris" Saturday at Noon Fleming in Previn's "Streetcar" Saturday http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fleming-previns-streetcar-saturday <p>Tune in Saturday at noon to hear Renee Fleming sing the role created for her&nbsp; - Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," based on the Tennessee Williams play.&nbsp; The broadcast, live from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, also features Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley Kowalski.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:59:52 +0000 Barney Sherman 23484 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fleming in Previn's "Streetcar" Saturday Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mastersingers-lyric-saturday-noon <p>Tune in Saturday for Wagner's comic masterpiece, "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," in a production featuring some master singers, including Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, Johann Botha as Walther, and the illustrious Wagnerian James Morris as Sachs (one of his signature roles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production is conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:26:13 +0000 Barney Sherman 22851 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lyrics-werther-today-noon <p>Tenor superstar Matthew Polenzani portrays the smitten poet Werther in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Massenet's opera, based on the Goethe novel that rocked Europe.&nbsp; Sophie Koch stars as the unfortunate object of his affection, Charlotte.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:29:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 21309 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lyric-season-begins-boccanegra <p>Tune in today at 12 noon for the season's first broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Verdi's<em> Simon Boccanegra -&nbsp;</em> "essentially a heartwarming story about a compassionate political leader... who is reunited with his lost daughter...and makes peace with two political enemies" (as the<em> New York Times </em>summarizes the plot). The renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson heads the stellar cast.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:31:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 20873 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mets-carmelites-today-noon <p>Francis Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites," one of the Met's most acclaimed productions, airs live today starting at 12 noon. Poulenc tells the story of Carmelite nuns martyred&nbsp; in the French Revolution with what the <em>New York Times</em> calls "eloquent music that hardly calls attention to itself yet lingers with you." Patricia Racette, Erin Morley, Isabel Leonard, and Felicity Palmer head the cast; Louis Langree conducts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:31:04 +0000 Barney Sherman 20138 at http://iowapublicradio.org Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dmmos-eugene-onegin-tonight-7-pm <p>An epic tale from Pushkin meets the irresistible melodies and dances of Tchaikovsky in <em>Eugene Onegin - </em>and you can hear the Des Moines Metro Opera's production in an encore broadcast on IPR's<em> Arias in April </em>series tonight, Saturday April 20th, at 7 p.m . Iowa’s own John Moore, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the title role, and Jane Shaulis, who has also sung at the Met, is Filippyevna. Other cast members include Jan Cornelius, Elise Qualgliata, and Cody Austin.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:14:56 +0000 Barney Sherman 19406 at http://iowapublicradio.org DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm Appreciating Classical Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/appreciating-classical-music <p>Have you ever felt at a loss to understand certain music?&nbsp; April is Public Radio Music Month, and we are taking the opportunity to highlight classical and operatic music.&nbsp; Today we give you some tools for listening to classic music styles with some short excerpts and two music experts who will show you how to truly appreciate the genre.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:46:28 +0000 Charity Nebbe 19356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Appreciating Classical Music Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-lehars-merry-widow <p>On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Arias in April</em>&nbsp;concludes with&nbsp;an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of <em>The Merry Widow</em>. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, <em>The Merry Widow</em> tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:12:12 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18404 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-johann-strauss-seconds-die-fledermaus <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Performance Iowa’s Arias in April</em> series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of <em>Die Fledermaus </em>at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.</p><p>This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:58:51 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18403 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-tchaikovskys-eugene-onegin <p>On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Performance Iowa</em> presents <em>Arias in April</em> with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s <em>Eugene Onegin</em>. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:49:22 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18402 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-puccinis-la-rondine <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Arias in April</em> features an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow) on April 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 2012 season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in <em>Opera News </em>and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:38:38 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18397 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-mozarts-don-giovanni <p>Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with <em>Arias in April</em>. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of <em>Die Fledermaus</em> and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s <em>Merry Widow</em> performance.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:53:10 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18389 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni At the Opera with IPR November 3 and 4, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opera-ipr-november-3-and-4-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio concludes their <i>Performance Iowa’s </i><i>Opera in October</i> series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s <i>The Merry Widow</i>. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, <i>The Merry Widow</i> tells the comical story of the well-to-do widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo from the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Executive director Dr. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:17:48 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15537 at http://iowapublicradio.org At the Opera with IPR October 27 and 28, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opera-ipr-october-27-and-28-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa’s Opera in October</i> series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of <i>Die Fledermaus</i>. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.</p><p>(Recorded March 31, 2011)</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:58:59 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15521 at http://iowapublicradio.org At the Opera with IPR October 20 and 21, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opera-ipr-october-20-and-21-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> presents <i>Opera in October</i> with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s <i>Eugene Onegin</i>. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:57:45 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15520 at http://iowapublicradio.org At the Opera with IPR October 13 and 14, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opera-ipr-october-13-and-14-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance </i>Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La<i> Rondine (The Swallow.) </i>Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in <i>Opera News </i>and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:56:38 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15519 at http://iowapublicradio.org At the Opera with IPR October 6 and 7, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opera-ipr-october-6-and-7-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> kicks off their <i>Opera in October</i> series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season. &nbsp;Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece <i>Don </i>Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:55:34 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15517 at http://iowapublicradio.org