Metropolitan Opera en From Bach to "Teeth," Amazing Iowa Weekend <p>Even I am a little stunned by how exciting, original - and <em>abundant </em>- the classical concerts are in Iowa this weekend. Here's a list (and please let me know if I've missed something! I'll add it -&nbsp;bsherman at</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:18:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 39750 at From Bach to "Teeth," Amazing Iowa Weekend Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon <p>Richard Strauss scored "Die Frau ohne Schatten" for, count 'em, 164 instruments; the percussion alone include "glass harmonica, 4 timpani, 5 Chinese gongs, cymbals, snare drum, rute, sleigh bells, bass drum, tenor drum, big field drum, triangle, tambourine, 2 castanets, tamtam, whip (slapstick), xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, 2 celestas." Budgets alone would make performance rare, as do&nbsp;scenery challenges (like a golden waterfall and, we're not making this up, children singing out of a frying pan). Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:06:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 36328 at Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?) <p>How do you top a Super Bowl triumph?<strong> Renee Fleming </strong>does it by returning to a signature role - the love-struck sprite <strong>Rusalka </strong>in <strong>Dvorak's </strong>beautiful opera. Saturday at noon you can hear it live from the Metropolitan Opera on IPR&nbsp; - OR watch it live in HD video in theaters in <span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Ames, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Dubuque, Des Moines, Grinnell, and Iowa City. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:40:32 +0000 Barney Sherman 35907 at Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?) Minghella's "Butterfly" @noon live from Met <p>Anthony Minghella, after directing "The English Patient" and "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," turned his talents to Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" &nbsp;- that "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">cross-cultural tragedy"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of "devotion and irresponsibility and misunderstandings willful and innocent." Few operas are as difficult to bring off and Minghella's&nbsp;spare production made it "take wing." Hear it from the Met today at noon. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:46:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 35664 at Minghella's "Butterfly" @noon live from Met Netrebko's "Elisir" Live from the 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 Netrebko's "Elisir" Live from the Met @Noon New Met "Fledermaus" (Klimt meets Shtick!) <p>Join us Saturday at noon to hear the Met production everyone's talking about: a Klimt-inspired update of Johann Strauss Jr.'s screwball farce "Die Fledermaus." A new English translation features jokey rhymes and topical swipes, and Broadway's Danny Burstein&nbsp;brings on the shtick as Frosch, the tipsy jailer. This being the Met, you can count on glorious voices and, from the orchestra, a "honeyed tone" (New York Times).</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:13:51 +0000 Barney Sherman 34712 at New Met "Fledermaus" (Klimt meets Shtick!) Taymor/ Glover "Magic Flute" from 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 Taymor/ Glover "Magic Flute" from Met Met "Tosca" Hits Stride with Radvanovsky <p>Join us at noon for a live broadcast of "Tosca" from the Met. The production was booed when it premiered in 2011, but reworking has turned it into a success - largely because of Sondra Radvanovsky, whose "luminous performance breathed life" into the production, according to the New York Times. It called her Floria Tosca a "multidimensional, fiercely individual portrayal, grounded in her voice [which is] elegant and blooming." It also praised conductor Marco Armiliato for "shaping a dramatically animated and expressive performance."</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:26:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 34118 at Met "Tosca" Hits Stride with Radvanovsky Verdi's Falstaff with Met/Levine, Carsen <p>Tune in at noon to hear how Verdi improves on Shakespeare in&nbsp;the comic masterpiece <em>Falstaff</em>, &nbsp;premiered when the composer was&nbsp;80. &nbsp;James Levine conducts <em>Falstaff </em>better than anyone else, and Robert Carsen's new Met production (updating the action to postwar England) is winning raves, as is Ambrogio&nbsp;Maestri - the 6' 5" Italian baritone who, says, the <em>New York Times</em>, "simply owns the role of Falstaff."</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:30:55 +0000 Barney Sherman 33515 at Verdi's Falstaff with Met/Levine, Carsen Met Returns with "Rigoletto," Saturday <p>Saturday at noon hear the Metropolitan Opera return to IPR with Verdi's <em>Rigoletto</em>.&nbsp; Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, says the <em>New York Times,</em> brings "tragic stature" to the "oppressed" title character<em>; </em>he "claims this role on his own terms, infusing phrases with dusky richness and shaping melodic lines with&nbsp; elegance." As his daughter, Irina Lungu conveys "restlessness and sensual yearning" with a voice of "bloom and warmth." Matthew Polenzani is the Duke, and the 35-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes what the Times calls "an auspic Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:57:59 +0000 Barney Sherman 33120 at Met Returns with "Rigoletto," Saturday Met's "Carmelites," Today at 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 Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon Met's "Ring" Cycle Part 3, Saturday at 10 AM <p><em>Siegfried</em>, the third part of Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle, airs live from the Metropolitan Opera starting at 10 AM Saturday on IPR Classical.&nbsp; Jay Hunter Morris reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the title hero, and Deborah Voigt returns as Brunnhilde.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:30:09 +0000 Barney Sherman 19460 at Met's "Ring" Cycle Part 3, Saturday at 10 AM Met's "Ring" Cycle Continues Saturday at 10 AM <p>Hear Part II of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle<em>, Die Walkure</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday beginning at 10 AM. In this second opera, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world. Deborah Voigt returns with her acclaimed Brunnhilde, and on the podium is the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 19093 at Met's "Ring" Cycle Continues Saturday at 10 AM