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."
Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, 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 San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.
This week on University Concert, we'll hear selections from three 2010 concerts by the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a graduate student ensemble directed by Dr. William LaRue Jones. They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.
University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state. It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.