Saturdays on Stage in August

Saturday on Stage is Classical 101′s weekly opera program. Join us Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Already in August we’ve heard Verdi’s Rigoletto  and Luisa Miller.

Continuing:

August 10: Weber’s Der Freischutz.

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The title is hard to translate. The ‘Free-Shooter’ is close but can mean a number of things un related to this opera. Weber is the archetypical German romantic. This opera is filled with ghosts and haunted forests, a love story and gorgeous music. Der Freischutz has never caught on in the States and recordings are rare. This new release has Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Philharmonic in one of this final concerts. The singers are Christine Brewer, Sally Matthews, Simon O’Neill and Lars Wodt. The story is less important than the wonderful music. Der Fresichutz is a perfect opera for radio.

PLUS: Renee Fleming  in scenes from  Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier  and Capriccio

August 17: Rossini L’italiana in Algeri  The Italian Girl in Algiers

The great Marilyn Horne stars as an Italian lady shipwrecked on her way to find her lost lover. She’s carted off to a harem where she causes all kind of consternation-and scares the Mustafa Bey himself! With Luigi Alva and Paolo Montarsolo. Recorded from the stage of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Claudio Abbado

August 24:

La belle Helene an opera-bouffe and a lot of laughs by Jacques Offenbach. Helen of Troy gets around and nothing gets in her way! With Jessye Norman and John Aler. Michel Plasson  conducts

August 31:   1 p.m.

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner. This is Wagner’s bi-centennial year. We’ll hear a new production of this  opera about a knight who saves a young woman and is ultimately betrayed by her. With Peter Seiffert, Emily Magee, Falk Struckman and Rene Pape. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  NOTE TIME 1 PM

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