Opera

Deceptive Cadence
4:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

The Metropolitan Opera has settled labor contracts with two of its largest unions.
Jonathan Ticler Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:32 pm

A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest opera house in the world — appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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Classical
1:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more!

Decorah's junior "Nordic Dancers" taking part in the Grand Parade at Nordic Fest
Ellen Macdonald

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 Iowa Arts Showcase include: 

  • Nordic Fest, with Martha Griesheimer and Randy Schissel
  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, with Hunter Cappoccioni
  • University of Iowa Summer Opera’s production of “Patience,” with Nicholas Wuehrmann
  • And Sleepy Bones Allison, aspiring middle school blues guitarist

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Classical
9:23 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Netrebko's "Elisir" Live from the Met @Noon

Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Met
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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.

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Classical
11:22 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Taymor/ Glover "Magic Flute" from Met

Conductor Jane Glover
Credit Music of the Baroque

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.)

Classical
9:29 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Heppner, Stemme in Houston's "Tristan"

A scene from Houston Grand Opera's Tristan und Isolde - an innovative production done in collaboration with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Credit Houston Grand Opera

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."

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Classical
9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Houston "Don Giovanni" Saturday @noon

Malin Christensson (Zerlina), Michael Sumuel (Masetto) from the Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni
Credit Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

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.

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Classical
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

"Boheme" from Cedar Rapids Opera

The children's chorus from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme.
Credit Jean Rude

Tune in today at 12 noon for the grand finale of our Opera in October series, as the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performs Puccini's La Boheme. Erica Strauss sings Mimi, Eric Barry is Rodolfo, Philip Torre is Marcello, and Meredith Hansen is Musetta in this irresistible story of young love and loss.

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Classical
4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini

An 1867 caricature of Gioachino Rossini
Credit wikipedia

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.

Classical
2:47 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio's next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio's Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition: Gravity and Grace

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Classical
8:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin"

Lohengrin in the San Francisco Opera's production.
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Classical
8:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin"

Lohengrin in the San Francisco Opera's production.
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title roles is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Classical
9:56 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure

Mark Delavan as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde in the San Francisco Opera's Die Walkure
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

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.

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Classical
10:29 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

"Power" and "Beauty" in LA's Tosca

Tosca (Sondra Radvanovsky) and Cavaradossi (Marco Berti) in the LA Opera’s "Tosca."
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Tune in at noon for Puccini's Tosca 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.

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Classical
7:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

LA Opera's "Foscaris" Saturday at Noon

Placido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Marina Poplavskaya as Lucrezia Contarini in the LA Opera's "The Two Foscaris."
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state desperate to protect his son - and himself - from ruthless enemies, as the LA Opera return to IPR with Verdi's "The Two Foscaris." 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. The strong cast also includes Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya.

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Classical
9:59 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Fleming in Previn's "Streetcar" Saturday

Renee Fleming as Blanche Dubois in the Lyric Opera production of Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Credit Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tune in Saturday at noon to hear Renee Fleming sing the role created for her  - Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," based on the Tennessee Williams play.  The broadcast, live from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, also features Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley Kowalski.

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Classical
5:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon

Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser and James Morris as Hans Sachs in Lyric Opera’s production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”
Credit Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

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.

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Classical
9:29 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon

Matthew Polenzani and Sophie Koch in the Lyric Opera's "Werther"
Credit WFMT and Lyric Opera of Chicago

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.  Sophie Koch stars as the unfortunate object of his affection, Charlotte.

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Classical
9:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra

The great American baritone Thomas Hampson
Credit Photochiel from Flickr.com

Tune in today at 12 noon for the season's first broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Verdi's Simon Boccanegra -  "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 New York Times summarizes the plot). The renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson heads the stellar cast.

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Classical
11:31 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon

Erin Morley as Constance and Isabel Leonard as Blanche in Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites"
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c)

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  in the French Revolution with what the New York Times 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.

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Classical
10:14 am
Thu April 18, 2013

DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm

Scene from the Des Moines Metro Opera's 40th Anniversary Season production of Eugene Onegin, to be broadcast on IPR Saturday at 7 PM.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

An epic tale from Pushkin meets the irresistible melodies and dances of Tchaikovsky in Eugene Onegin - and you can hear the Des Moines Metro Opera's production in an encore broadcast on IPR's Arias in April 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.

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Talk of Iowa
12:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Appreciating Classical Music

CaZaTo Ma / flickr

Have you ever felt at a loss to understand certain music?  April is Public Radio Music Month, and we are taking the opportunity to highlight classical and operatic music.  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.

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Performance Iowa
12:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow

Scene from CROT's 2012 production of The Merry Widow
Credit Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April concludes with an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of The Merry Widow. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow 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.

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Performance Iowa
11:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus

Scene from the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's 2011 performance of Die Fledermaus
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Arias in April series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus 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.

This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.

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Performance Iowa
11:49 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Arias in April with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. 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.

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Performance Iowa
11:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April 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 Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

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Performance Iowa
9:53 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

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At the Opera with IPR
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR November 3 and 4, 2012

Iowa Public Radio concludes their Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow 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.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 27 and 28, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. 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.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

At the Opera with IPR
1:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 20 and 21, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. 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.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:56 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 13 and 14, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) 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 Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

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