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The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series 2021

 

 

Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

Jun 16, 2021
Catherine Ashmore

Royal Opera | June 19, 2021, 1:00 pm

Jealousy, torture, murder and suicide: the path of true love certainly produces a bumpy ride… Puccini’s Tosca can make for a compelling night at the theatre. But when, as here, you get a cast, conductor and orchestra all at the top of their game, it is positively overwhelming. Three of the great operatic performers of our time are united: Angela Gheorghiu sings the title role, Jonas Kaufmann is her lover Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel is that menacing embodiment of sadistic evil, Baron Scarpia. Antonio Pappano conducts.

Verdi’s ‘Les Vêpres Siciliennes’

Jun 16, 2021
Bill Cooper

Royal Opera | June 26, 2021, 1:00 pm Based on a story set in 1282, Sicily has been invaded by the French, and the Duchess Hélène (Lianna Haroutounian) is being held hostage by Montfort (Michael Volle), the French governor. Hélène reveals that her brother was executed by Montfort and she is seeking revenge, and is assured by Henri (Bryan Hymel) how deeply he despises Montfort, although he does not realise that he is Montfort’s son. Procida (Erwin Schrott) is a Sicilian, also seeking revenge after the French attack, and he involves Henri and Hélène in a plot to assassinate Montfort.

Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’

Jun 16, 2021
Bill Cooper

Royal Opera | July 3, 2021, 1:00 pm

The impulsive Don Giovanni (Mariusz Kwiecien) travels through Europe seducing women (Véronique Gens, Malin Bystrom and Elizabeth Watts), accompanied by his servant, Leporello (Alex Esposito). But when he commits murder, Don Giovanni unleashes a dark power beyond his control. He continues to seduce and betray but, haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he invites him to dinner. The ghost of the Commendatore (Alexander Tsymbalyuk) urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni will not.

Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’

Jun 16, 2021
Clive Barda

Royal Opera | July 10, 2021, 1:00 pm

Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier

Jun 16, 2021
Catherine Ashmore

Royal Opera | July 17, 2021, 1:00 pm

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