Héctor Armienta’s Bless Me, Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s landmark Chicano novel, stars Daisy Beltran as Tony and Kirstin Chavez as Ultima. Guillermo Figueroa conducts.
Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Voices from the Silence by Ennio Morricone. The late Italian film and classical composer created this oratorio to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world. This performance was recorded in 2014.
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen plays his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him.
Regarded as one of the first operas, the late-renaissance L’Orfeo tells the story of Orpheus as he goes down to the underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice. In this performance, Danish conductor and baroque expert Lars Ulrik Mortensen teams up with Concerto Copenhagen to guarantee a sparklingly vivid and close-up interpretation of Monteverdi’s unique and immortal music.
Maestro Riccardo Muti, widely considered to be today’s preeminent interpreter of Verdi’s music, leads this performance of Aida. Celebrated soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who has previously performed with Muti and the CSO in Verdi’s Requiem and Otello, brings her exceptional artistry to the role of Aida. Stoyanova leads the cast, which features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in her CSO debut as Amneris, and tenor Francesco Meli as Radamès. Both …
Recorded in Levin Studio in 2015, Lisa Flynn hosts a presentation by the Supreme Court Justice about the law, illustrated with music performed by artists from the Ryan Opera Center. READ MORE: 5 Operas the Notorious RBG wants you to know [Video]
In a triumphant return to live music, Maestro Riccardo Muti took to the stage last month to launch the Ravenna Festival in Northern Italy. Muti conducted the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and soprano Rosa Feola in a program of music by Scriabin and Mozart. READ MORE: From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate
Mozart: “Et incarnatus est” from Great Mass in C Minor, K 427
Rosa Feola, soprano
Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C, Jupiter
The distinguished cellist looks back on his own career and on that of his father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell. A WFMT Radio Network special produced by Louise Frank.
Christine Goerke stars in the title role with soprano Waltraud Meier as Klytaemnestra, Simone Schneider as Chrysothemis, and tenor Norbert Ernst as Aegisth in this performance of Strauss’s gripping, one-act opera.