Verdi en 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 Pavarotti & Ricciarelli in SF "Luisa Miller" <p>Tune in Saturday at noon for Verdi's <em>Luisa Miller </em>in a 1974 performance by the San Francisco Opera. Katia Ricciarelli sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti is the nobleman she loves but, as a poor village girl, cannot marry. This archived broadcast captures Pavarotti's first performance of this role.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:21:42 +0000 Barney Sherman 31111 at Pavarotti & Ricciarelli in SF "Luisa Miller"