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Opera On 320131209

Verdi 200: The new Met season opens with Verdi's Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo's play 'Le roi s'amuse'. The Duke of Mantua's hunchbacked jester Rigoletto has raised his daughter Gilda in seclusion from the world. When Count Monterone's daughter is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto mocks him, causing Monterone to curse him. Then Gilda is also seduced by the Duke, and the curse begins to take terrible effect.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Gilda - Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Maddalena - Oksana Volkova (contralto)

Duke of Mantua - Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Rigoletto - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

Sparafucile - Stefan Kocán (bass)

Countess Ceprano - Wallis Giunta (Mezzo-soprano)

Giovanna - Maria Zifchak (Soprano)

Monterone - Robert Pomakov (Bass)

Borsa - Alexander Lewis (Tenor)

Marullo - Jeff Mattsey (Baritone)

Ceprano - David Crawford (Baritone)

Page - Catherine Choi (Soprano)

Guard - Earle Patriarco (Baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.

Opera On 320131221

Britten 100

Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composer's centenary. James Conlon conducts the oustanding ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim and countertenor Iestyn Davies. Oberon, the fairy king and Tytania, his queen are locked in a conflict which spills over into the human world. Britten's atmospheric music adds an ethereal dimension.

Plus a short guide to the opera in Radio 3's Opera Guide to A Midsummer Night's Dream, with contributions from the soprano Dame Josephine Barstow and the Britten experts Paul Kildea and Philip Reed.

Oberon....Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)

Tytania....Kathleen Kim (Soprano)

Puck....Riley Costello (Actor)

Helena....Erin Wall (Soprano)

Hermia....Elizabeth Deshong (Mezzo)

Lysander....Joseph Kaiser (Tenor)

Demetrius....Michael Todd Simpson (Baritone)

Theseus....Ryan Mckinny (Baritone)

Hippolyta....Tamara Mumford (Mezzo)

Bottom....Matthew Rose (Bass)

Flute....Barry Banks (Tenor)

Snout....Scott Scully (Tenor)

Starveling....Evan Hughes (Bass-baritone)

Quince....Patrick Carfizzi (Baritone)

Snug....Paul Corona (Bass)

Cobweb....Seth Ewing-crystal (Treble)

Peaseblossom....Anthony Pedone (Treble)

MustardSeed....Benjamin Wenzelberg (Treble)

Moth....Thatcher Pitkoff (Treble)

Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York

Conducted by James Conlon.

Opera On 320140120

Opera On 320140120

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as Tatiana and Onegin in Tchaikovsky's best-loved opera. When Tatiana is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. But he carelessly rejects her - with tragic consequences. Tchaikovsky's fateful romance, based on the Pushkin play, is one of his most sumptuous scores.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait

Tatiana....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Onegin....Marisuz Kwiecien (baritone)

Lenski....Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Olga....Oksana Volkova (mezzo-soprano)

Gremin....Alexei Tanovitsky (bass)

Mme Larina....Elena Zaremba (mezzo-soprano)

Filippyevna....Larissa Diadkova (mezzo-soprano)

Monsieur Triquet....John Graham Hall (tenor)

Zaretski....Richard Bernstein (bass)

Captain....David Crawford (bass-baritone)

Offstage voice....David Lowe (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Chorus and Orchestra,

Conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as Tatiana and Onegin in Tchaikovsky's best-loved opera. When Tatiana is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. But he carelessly rejects her - with tragic consequences. Tchaikovsky's fateful romance, based on the Pushkin play, is one of his most sumptuous scores.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait

Tatiana....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Onegin....Marisuz Kwiecien (baritone)

Lenski....Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Olga....Oksana Volkova (mezzo-soprano)

Gremin....Alexei Tanovitsky (bass)

Mme Larina....Elena Zaremba (mezzo-soprano)

Filippyevna....Larissa Diadkova (mezzo-soprano)

Monsieur Triquet....John Graham Hall (tenor)

Zaretski....Richard Bernstein (bass)

Captain....David Crawford (bass-baritone)

Offstage voice....David Lowe (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Chorus and Orchestra,

Conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Opera On 320140203

Madama Butterfly, Puccini's tragic story of love, betrayal and clashing of two cultures, set in Nagasaki. Soprano Amanda Echalaz takes the title role as Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese geisha who's deceived by the heartless American Naval officer Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, sung by tenor Bryan Hymel. Philippe Auguin conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, in a version recorded last weekend.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Cio-Cio San....Amanda Echalaz (Soprano)

Suzuki....Elizabeth De Shong (Mezzo-soprano)

Pinkerton....Bryan Hymel (Tenor)

Sharpless....Scott Hendricks (Baritone)

Goro....Scott Scully (Tenor)

Bonze....Ryan Speedo Green (Bass Baritone)

Kate Pinkerton....Maya Lahyani (Soprano)

Yamadori....Alexey Lavrov (Baritone)

Commissioner....Paul Corona (Bass)

Registrar....Juhwan Lee (Tenor)

Mother....Belinda Oswald (Soprano)

Cousin....Patricia Steiner (Mezzo-soprano)

Aunt....Jean Braham (Soprano)

Uncle Yakuside....Craig Montgomery (Tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Philippe Auguin (Conductor).

Opera On 320140210

From the New York Metropolitan Opera. The water nymph Rusalka falls in love with a Prince when he comes to swim in her lake. The witch Jezibaba agrees to let her become human, but warns her that if she doesn't find love she will be damned and the man she loves will die. In Dvorak's lyrical opera Renée Fleming reprises one of her signature roles as Rusalka with Piotr Beczala as her doomed Prince.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Rusalka....Renée Fleming (Soprano)

Foreign Princess....Emily Magee (Soprano)

Jezibaba....Dolora Zajick (Mezzo-soprano)

Prince....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)

Water Sprite....John Relyea (Bass)

Kitchen-Boy....Julie Boulianne (Mezzo-soprano)

Gamekeeper....Vladimir Chmelo (Cello)

1st Sprite....Disella Larusdottir (Soprano)

2nd Sprite....Renee Tatum (Mezzo-soprano)

3rd Sprite....Maya Lahyani (Mezzo-soprano)

Huntsman....Alexey Lavrov (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Yannick Nézét-Séguin (Conductor).

Opera On 320140224

Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Recorded last weekend at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, Der Rosenkavalier as part of our Strauss 150 celebrations. Based on Hofmannstahl's libretto, this bittersweet comic opera, Strauss's homage to Mozart and the Viennese waltz, poses deeper questions about how love is affected by the passing of time and by men's fickleness. Edward Gardner conducts the Met's orchestra and chorus, with a superb cast led by Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, Alice Coote as Octavian, in her Met debut role, Erin Morely as Sophie, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs

Marschallin - Martina Serafin (Soprano)

Octavian - Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)

Sophie - Erin Morley (Soprano)

A Singer - Eric Cutler (Tenor)

Faninal - Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Baritone)

Baron Ochs - Peter Rose (Bass)

Marianne Leitmetzerin - Jennifer Check (Soprano)

Annina - Jane Henschel (Contralto)

Valzacchi - Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Bass)

Police Commissar - Richard Bernstein (Bass)

Major-Domo I - Bernard Fitch (Tenor)

Major-Domo II - Ronald Naldi (Tenor)

Innkeeper - Tony Stevenson (Tenor)

Notary - James Courtney (Bass)

Milliner - Stephanie Chigas (Mezzo-soprano)

Animal vendor - Kurt Phinney (Tenor)

Leopold - Stephen Paynter (Baritone)

Lackey 1 - Dustin Lucas (Tenor)

Lackey 2 - Jason Hendrix (Baritone)

Lackey 3 - Craig Montgomery (Tenor)

Orphan - Maria D'amato (Soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

Opera On 320140317

Massenet: Werther from the New York Metropolitan Opera

When he meets Charlotte the poet Werther falls instantly in love with her, but she is promised to another, and tells him he must leave. When he comes back a few months later she's married, but realises she loves him too. Telling him they can never meet again, Werther decides he can't live without her. Jonas Kaufmann sings the troubled poet Werther at the Met for the first time, with Sophie Koch as the woman he falls for but can't have.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Werther - Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Charlotte - Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano)

Sophie - Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Albert - David Bižic (baritone)

La Bailli - Jonathan Summers (bass)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Alain Altinoglu (conductor)

Live at Southbank Centre: Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Opera On 320140421

As part of Strauss 150, tonight's opera is a performance of Richard Strauss's nostalgic romance Arabella, with the title role sung by Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom. The story tells of the impoverished Count Waldner, sung by bass Martin Winkler, who tries to make a profitable marriage for his daughter Arabella. After several complications, she is finally happily betrothed to Mandryka, and her younger sister Zdenka, sung by Juliane Banse to Arabella's former admirer Mattea, tenor Roberto Sacca. Philippe Auguin conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, in a performance recorded last weekend.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Arabella....Malin Bystrom (Soprano)

Zdenka....Juliane Banse(Soprano)

Mattea....Roberto Sacca (Tenor)

Mandryka....Michael Volle (Baritone)

Waldner....Martin Winkler (Bass-baritone)

Fiakermilli....Audrey Luna (Soprano)

Adelaide....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo-soprano)

Fortune-Teller....Victoria Livengood (Contralto)

Elemer....Brian Jagde (Tenor)

Dominik....Alexey Lavrov (Baritone)

Lamoral....Keith Miller (Bass)

Waiter....Mark Schowalter (Tenor)

Welko....Mark Persing (Tenor)

Djura....Jeffrey Mosher (Spoken)

Jankel....Timothy Breese Miller (Bass)

Cardplayer....Scott Dispensa (Baritone)

Cardplayer 2....Seth Malkin (Bass)

Cardplayer 3....Earle Patriarco (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Philippe Auguin (Conductor).

As part of Strauss 150, tonight's opera is a performance of Richard Strauss's nostalgic romance Arabella, with the title role sung by Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom. The story tells of the impoverished Count Waldner, sung by bass Martin Winkler, who tries to make a profitable marriage for his daughter Arabella. After several complications, she is finally happily betrothed to Mandryka, and her younger sister Zdenka, sung by Juliane Banse to Arabella's former admirer Mattea, tenor Roberto Sacca. Philippe Auguin conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, in a performance recorded last weekend.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Arabella....Malin Bystrom (Soprano)

Zdenka....Juliane Banse(Soprano)

Mattea....Roberto Sacca (Tenor)

Mandryka....Michael Volle (Baritone)

Waldner....Martin Winkler (Bass-baritone)

Fiakermilli....Audrey Luna (Soprano)

Adelaide....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo-soprano)

Fortune-Teller....Victoria Livengood (Contralto)

Elemer....Brian Jagde (Tenor)

Dominik....Alexey Lavrov (Baritone)

Lamoral....Keith Miller (Bass)

Waiter....Mark Schowalter (Tenor)

Welko....Mark Persing (Tenor)

Djura....Jeffrey Mosher (Spoken)

Jankel....Timothy Breese Miller (Bass)

Cardplayer....Scott Dispensa (Baritone)

Cardplayer 2....Seth Malkin (Bass)

Cardplayer 3....Earle Patriarco (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Philippe Auguin (Conductor).

Opera On 320150202

The poet Hoffmann is in a tavern waiting for his love, Stella to return from singing the star role in an opera. He tells the stories of his past three loves, all of which have ended in disaster; the mechanical doll Olympia who gets ripped apart, Antonia who sings herself to death, and the courtesan Giulietta who steals Hoffmann's reflection. When Stella finally arrives, Hoffmann is drunk and she leaves with Lindorf, Hoffmann's rival for her affections.

Vittorio Grigolo sings the tortured poet, and the three heroines are played by Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava and Christine Rice. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts Offenbach's sparkling score.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Olympia....Erin Morley (Soprano)

Antonia/Stella....Hibla Gerzmava (Soprano)

Giulietta....Christine Rice (Mezzo-soprano)

Nicklausse....Kate Lindsey (Mezzo-soprano)

Hoffmann....Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor)

Four Villains....Thomas Hampson (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Yves Abel (Conductor).

Opera On 320150209

Presented by Mary Jo Heath. Verdi's Macbeth recorded last autumn at the New York's Met with Anna Netrebko taking her first ever portrayal of Lady Macbeth on stage, and Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth, in the celebrated Scottish tale of madness, murder and revenge - the first of Verdi's settings of Shakespearean dramas. Joseph Calleja is Macduff and Rene Pape is Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera House chorus and orchestra.

Macbeth....Zeljko Lucic (Baritone)

Lady Macbeth....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)

Macduff....Joseph Calleja (Tenor)

Banquo....Rene Pape (Bass)

Lady-in-waiting....Claudia Waite (Soprano)

Doctor....James Courtney (Bass)

Assasin....Richard Bernstein (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Fabio Luisi (Conductor).

Opera On 320150216

After successful performances at the New York Met singing Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky role. This time it is the title role in Iolanta. She is the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Tchaikovsky's lyrical fairy tale opera. The second part of this double bill is the intense drama of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Nadja Michael sings the role of Judith. She is the new wife and unwitting victim of Bluebeard, sung in this production by Mikhail Petrenko. Judith persuades Bluebeard to open seven doors in his castle. Behind each door she finds increasingly disturbing sights, until the final door opens to reveal the castle's secret and her fate.

Valery Gergiev conducts the Metropolitan Opera House chorus and orchestra.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Iolanta:

Iolanta....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)

Count Vaudemont....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)

Rene....Alexei Tanovitsky (Bass)

Robert....Alexey Markov (Baritone)

Almeric....Keith Jameson (Tenor)

Marta....Mzia Nioradze (Mezzo-soprano)

Brigitta....Katherine Whyte (Soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (Conductor)

Bluebeard's Castle

Bluebeard....Mikhail Petrenko (Bass)

Judith....Nadja Michael (Soprano)

Opera On 320150309

Tonight's recording from the New York Metropolitan Opera is Bizet's Carmen. Don Jose falls hopelessly in love with the wild gypsy, Carmen. When she tires of him and just wants to be free, it's too much for him to bear and he stabs her. Elina Garanca sings the title role of the ill-fated temptress, and Yonghoon Lee her desperate lover. Louis Langrée conducts.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Carmen....Elina Garanca (soprano)

Don José....Yonghoon Lee (tenor)

Micaëla....Ailyn Pérez (soprano)

Escamillo....Gábor Bretz (bass-baritone)

Mercédès...Ginger Costa-Jackson (mezzo-soprano)

Frasquita...Danielle Talamantes (soprano)

Moralès....Trevor Scheunemann (baritone)

Remendado...Keith Jameson (tenor)

Zuniga...Richard Bernstein (bass)

The New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Louis Langrée (conductor).

Opera On 320150323

Manon is Massenet's best known and most popular opera, and is based on Prevost's novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. It tells the story of the impulsive Manon, soprano Diana Damrau, who falls in love with the young student des Grieux, sung by tenor Vittorio Grigolo. Manon longs for luxury and excitement, and she foolishly cannot resist when the rich nobleman De Brétigny wants to make her his mistress. Her choice of wealth over love ultimately seals her fate. Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Manon, with tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the betrayed lover. The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, in the production by Laurent Pelly.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff

Manon Lescaut....Diana Damrau (Soprano)

Le Chevalier des Grieux....Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor)

Lescaut....Russell Braun (Baritone)

Le Comte des Grieux....Nicolas Teste (Bass Baritone)

Guillot Morfontaine....Christophe Mortagne (Tenor)

Monsieur de Bretigny....Dwayne Croft (Baritone)

First Guard....John McVeigh (Tenor)

Second Guard....David Won (Baritone)

A Maid....Kathryn Day (Mezzo-soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Emmanuel Villaume (Conductor).

Opera on 320150330

Opera on 320150330

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and recorded live at the Met in New York, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor Albina Shagimuratova in the title role. Joseph Calleja is her doomed lover Edgardo in this Scottish tale of madness and deception, based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra is led by Maurizio Benini in this production by Mary Zimmerman.

Lucia.....Albina Shagimuratova (Soprano)

Edgardo.....Joseph Calleja (Tenor)

Enrico.....Luca Salsi (Baritone)

Arturo.....Matthew Plenk (Tenor)

Raimondo.....Alastair Miles (Bass)

Alisa.....Theodora Hanslowe (Soprano)

Normanno.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Maurizio Benini (Conductor).

Opera on 320150330

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and recorded live at the Met in New York, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor Albina Shagimuratova in the title role. Joseph Calleja is her doomed lover Edgardo in this Scottish tale of madness and deception, based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra is led by Maurizio Benini in this production by Mary Zimmerman.

Lucia.....Albina Shagimuratova (Soprano)

Edgardo.....Joseph Calleja (Tenor)

Enrico.....Luca Salsi (Baritone)

Arturo.....Matthew Plenk (Tenor)

Raimondo.....Alastair Miles (Bass)

Alisa.....Theodora Hanslowe (Soprano)

Normanno.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Maurizio Benini (Conductor).

Opera On 320150406

Tonight's opera recorded at the New York Metropolitan Opera has the one of the implausible plots of all Verdi opera. Ernani is a melodramatic love story set in 16th-century Spain and based on a play by Victor Hugo. Elvira, sung by soprano Angela Meade, is being pursued by three men: her uncle and guardian, Don Ruy Gómez de Silva, an old Spanish grandee sung by the bass Dimitry Belosselskiy; Don Carlo, the King of Spain, is sung by Luca Salsi who replaces Placido Domingo who is ill. Ernani, sung by tenor Francesco Meli, who has lost his title and wealth during a civil war and has become a very suave bandit. The plot is contrived but just at the end, when things seem to be turning out well for Ernani and Elvira, the story takes a turn for the worst and ends in tragedy. James Levine conducts the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in his first Met production of Ernani since 1983.

Ernani....Francesco Meli (Tenor)

Don Carlo....Luca Salsi (Baritone)

Elvira....Angela Meade (Soprano)

De Silva....Dimitry Belosselskiy (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

James Levine (Conductor).

Opera On 320150420

Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk tells a tragic tale of adultery and murder as the bored and lonely heroine Katerina, sung by soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, falls in love with one of her husband's workers, Sergei, tenor Brandon Jovanovich. Her treachery leads to a gruesome series of horrendous murders and ultimately to her end. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek leads a highly acclaimed cast, and her performance in the role of Katerina has been described as 'overwhelming', and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as 'an ideal Sergei'. The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by James Conlon

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff

Katerina Izmailova....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Sergei....Brandon Jovanovich (Tenor)

Boris Izmailov....Anatoli Kotscherga (Baritone)

Zinoviy Izmailov....Raymond Very (Tenor)

Aksinya....Holli Harrison (Soprano)

Tattered Peasant....Allan Glassman (Baritone)

Steward....Rod Nelman (Bass)

Porter....Brandon Cedel (Bass)

First Workman....Kurt Phinney (Tenor)

Second Workman....Daniel Clark Smith (Tenor)

Priest....Mikhail Kolelishvili (Bass)

Policeman....Vladimir Ognovenko (Bass)

Policeman....Earle Patriarco (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Conlon (Conductor).

Opera on 320160123

Opera on 320160123

James Levine conducts Tannhäuser, Wagner's early masterpiece, in its first return to the Metropolitan Opera in more than a decade. One of today's leading Wagnerian tenors, Johan Botha, takes on the title role of the young troubadour knight who is torn between spiritual love and carnal desire. Wagner's opulent score melds together the worlds of the sacred and profane.

Tannhauser, having been charmed by love goddess, Venus, comes to his senses and returns to his mortal love, the chaste heroine Elisabeth. However he sings of passionate rather than courtly love, which shocks her and her community. He promises to seek atonement and redemption, but the illicit attraction of Venus continues to beckon.

Presented live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York by Mary-Jo Heath with commentary by Ira Siff.

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Elisabeth..... Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Tannhäuser..... Johan Botha (tenor)

Venus..... Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

A young shepherd..... Ying Fang (soprano)

Hermann, Landgraf of Thuringia..... Günther Groissböck (bass)

Walther von der Vogelweide..... Noah Baetge (tenor)

Biterolf..... Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone)

Wolfram von Eschenbach..... Peter Mattei (baritone)

Heinrich der Schreiber..... Adam Klein (tenor)

Reinmar von Zweter..... Ricardo Lugo (bass)

Page..... Daniel Katzman (treble)

Page..... Connor Tsui (treble)

Page..... Michael Graham (treble)

Page..... Thomas White (treble)

Page..... Ruby Gilmore (soprano)

Page..... Emma Kramer (soprano)

Page..... Andre Gulick (treble)

Page..... Brandon Harnett (treble)

Three Graces..... Mary Beth Hansohn, Maria Luiza Luisi, Sarah Weber-Gallo

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

James Levine (conductor).

Opera on 320160123

James Levine conducts Tannhäuser, Wagner's early masterpiece, in its first return to the Metropolitan Opera in more than a decade. One of today's leading Wagnerian tenors, Johan Botha, takes on the title role of the young troubadour knight who is torn between spiritual love and carnal desire. Wagner's opulent score melds together the worlds of the sacred and profane.

Tannhauser, having been charmed by love goddess, Venus, comes to his senses and returns to his mortal love, the chaste heroine Elisabeth. However he sings of passionate rather than courtly love, which shocks her and her community. He promises to seek atonement and redemption, but the illicit attraction of Venus continues to beckon.

Presented live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York by Mary-Jo Heath with commentary by Ira Siff.

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Elisabeth..... Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Tannhäuser..... Johan Botha (tenor)

Venus..... Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

A young shepherd..... Ying Fang (soprano)

Hermann, Landgraf of Thuringia..... Günther Groissböck (bass)

Walther von der Vogelweide..... Noah Baetge (tenor)

Biterolf..... Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone)

Wolfram von Eschenbach..... Peter Mattei (baritone)

Heinrich der Schreiber..... Adam Klein (tenor)

Reinmar von Zweter..... Ricardo Lugo (bass)

Page..... Daniel Katzman (treble)

Page..... Connor Tsui (treble)

Page..... Michael Graham (treble)

Page..... Thomas White (treble)

Page..... Ruby Gilmore (soprano)

Page..... Emma Kramer (soprano)

Page..... Andre Gulick (treble)

Page..... Brandon Harnett (treble)

Three Graces..... Mary Beth Hansohn, Maria Luiza Luisi, Sarah Weber-Gallo

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

James Levine (conductor).

Opera On 320160227

From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Berg's dramatic twelve-tone opera Lulu. Marlis Petersen sings Berg's complex heroine who sexually and emotionally dominates every character she comes into contact with. Working her way through three husbands and numerous lovers, including a Painter, a Prince and a Countess, Lulu eventually becomes a prostitute and is murdered by one of her clients, Jack the Ripper. Marlis Petersen lead a top cast including Susan Graham, Paul Groves and Johan Reuter, conducted by Lothar Koenigs.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Recorded on 21st November 2015.

Berg: Lulu

Lulu - Marlis Petersen (soprano)

Countess Geschwitz - Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Alwa, Dr. Schön's son - Daniel Brenna (tenor)

Painter/African Prince - Paul Groves (tenor)

Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper - Johan Reuter (bass-baritone)

Animal trainer/Acrobat - Martin Winkler (baritone)

Schigolch - Franz Grundheber (baritone)

Wardrobe mistress/Schoolboy/Page - Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano)

Prince/Manservant/Marquis - Alan Oke (baritone)

Theatre manager/Banker - Julian Close (bass)

Fifteen-year-old girl - Ashley Emerson (soprano)

Her mother - Jane Shaulis (mezzo-soprano)

Designer - Kathryn Day (mezzo-soprano)

Journalist - Tyler Duncan (baritone)

Servant - Paul Corona (bass)

Physician/Professor/Police Commissioner - James Courtney (bass-baritone)

Solo performers - Joanna Dudley, Andrea Fabi

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Lothar Koenigs (conductor).