The Last Verista’s Pick of the Week on MET OPERA RADIO: OPENING NIGHT AT THE MET! Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” starring Anna Netrebko

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Monday, September 26, 2011
6am: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Franke, Dönch, Resnik

12pm: Verdi: Otello
4/2/1994-Gergiev; Domingo, Vaness, Leiferkus, Bunnell, Croft

3pm: Janácek: Jenufa
12/21/1974-Nelson; Kubiak, Vickers, Varnay, Lewis, Kraft, Norden, Reardon, Di Franco, Love, Gill, Ordassy, Smith

6pm: Donizetti: Anna Bolena (LIVE FROM THE MET – SEASON PREMIERE)
Armiliato; Netrebko, Gubanova, Mumford, Costello, Abdrazakov

12am: Bellini: Il Pirata
2/8/2003-Campanella; Fleming, Giordani, Croft

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6am: Verdi: Il Trovatore: 2/18/1967-Molinari-Pradelli; Tucker, Arroyo, Merrill, Cvejic, Michalski

9am: Massenet: Werther
1/23/1999-Runnicles; Hampson, Graham, Robertson, Evans

12pm: Wagner: Tannhäuser
1/21/1978-Levine; McCracken, Kubiak, Weikl, Bumbry, Macurdy

3pm: Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
1/4/1992-Levine; Stratas, Hagegård, Quilico, Horne, Clark, Fleming

7:30pm: Verdi: Nabucco (LIVE FROM THE MET – SEASON PREMIERE)
Carignani; Guleghina, Tatum, Lee, Lučić, Colombara

12am: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
12/31/1966-Bonynge; Sutherland, Tucker, Colzani, Ghiuselev

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

6am: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
12/11/2004-Chaslin; Radvanovsky, Casanova, Nucci, Ramey

9am: Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/2/1991-Levine; Hampson, Studer, Schuman, Upshaw, Blochwitz, Plishka, Cokorinos

12pm: R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
1/5/1985-Davis; Norman, Cochran, Rolandi, Ewing, Weller, Duesing

3pm: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
9/25/2006-Levine; Gallardo-Domâs, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly, Courtney, Won, Kulczak, Miller

6pm: Verdi: Otello
4/2/1994-Gergiev; Domingo, Vaness, Leiferkus, Bunnell, Croft

9pm: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Franke, Dönch, Resnik

Thursday, September 29, 2011

6am: Janácek: Jenufa
12/21/1974-Nelson; Kubiak, Vickers, Varnay, Lewis, Kraft, Norden, Reardon, Di Franco, Love, Gill, Ordassy, Smith

9am: Bellini: Il Pirata
2/8/2003-Campanella; Fleming, Giordani, Croft

12pm: Verdi: Il Trovatore
2/18/1967-Molinari-Pradelli; Tucker, Arroyo, Merrill, Cvejic, Michalski

3pm: Massenet: Werther
1/23/1999-Runnicles; Hampson, Graham, Robertson, Evans

6pm: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
12/31/1966-Bonynge; Sutherland, Tucker, Colzani, Ghiuselev

9pm: : Wagner: Tannhäuser  1/21/1978-Levine; McCracken, Kubiak, Weikl, Bumbry, Macurdy

12:00 AM ET Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
1/4/1992-Levine; Stratas, Hagegård, Quilico, Horne, Clark, Fleming

Friday, September 30, 2011

6am: Verdi: Otello
4/2/1994-Gergiev; Domingo, Vaness, Leiferkus, Bunnell, Croft

9am: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
9/25/2006-Levine; Gallardo-Domâs, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly, Courtney, Won, Kulczak, Miller

12pm: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Franke, Dönch, Resnik

6pm: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
12/11/2004-Chaslin; Radvanovsky, Casanova, Nucci, Ramey

9pm: Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/2/1991-Levine; Hampson, Studer, Schuman, Upshaw, Blochwitz, Plishka, Cokorinos

12am: R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
1/5/1985-Davis; Norman, Cochran, Rolandi, Ewing, Weller, Duesing

Saturday, October 1, 2011

6am: Wagner: Tannhäuser
1/21/1978-Levine; McCracken, Kubiak, Weikl, Bumbry, Macurdy

9am: Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
1/4/1992-Levine; Stratas, Hagegård, Quilico, Horne, Clark, Fleming

1pm: Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (LIVE FROM THE MET –SEASON PREMIERE) Benini; Leonard, Camarena, Mattei, Muraro, Burchuladze 

6pm; Bellini: Il Pirata:  2/8/2003-Campanella; Fleming, Giordani, Croft

9pm: Verdi: Il Trovatore
2/18/1967-Molinari-Pradelli; Tucker, Arroyo, Merrill, Cvejic, Michalski

12am: Janácek: Jenufa
12/21/1974-Nelson; Kubiak, Vickers, Varnay, Lewis, Kraft, Norden, Reardon, Di Franco, Love, Gill, Ordassy, Smith

Sunday, October 2, 2011

6am: R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
1/5/1985-Davis; Norman, Cochran, Rolandi, Ewing, Weller, Duesing

9am: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
12/31/1966-Bonynge; Sutherland, Tucker, Colzani, Ghiuselev

12pm: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
12/11/2004-Chaslin; Radvanovsky, Casanova, Nucci, Ramey

3pm: Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/2/1991-Levine; Hampson, Studer, Schuman, Upshaw, Blochwitz, Plishka, Cokorinos

6pm: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
9/25/2006-Levine; Gallardo-Domâs, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly, Courtney, Won, Kulczak, Miller

9pm: The Met on Record: Verdi: I Lombardi (1996) Levine; Anderson, Leech, Pavarotti, Ramey

12am: Massenet: Werther
1/23/1999-Runnicles; Hampson, Graham, Robertson, Evans

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The New Opera Season Is Upon Us!!!!

Soprano, Anna Netrebko will leave her mark on the Bel Canto repertoire

The Diva, Defined: Netrebko Has Arrived (Zachary Woolfe, NY Times)

Across the world, this weekend brings the sizzling anticipation of the 2011/2012 to a fever pitch.  In what proves to be an exciting year in North America, there are some truly exceptional and rare operas to see and, moreover, fabulous new voices and familiar ones that never cease to please.  Friday night brought the opening night of the Canadian Opera Company 2011/12 season, with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and outstanding Canadian Baritone, Russell Braun in Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris. 

Susan Graham as Iphigenia in Tauris, in Toronto

Review in “NOW” Magazine (Toronto)

In New York City, opera aficionados wait in anticipation of opening night on Monday the 26th at 8pm, when the fabulous Anna Netrebko makes her debut performance as the incomparable Anna Bolena, alongside the vibrant voiced up-coming tenor, Stephen Costello.  Costello has caused quite the stir with his beautiful tones and glimmering upper tessitura, and Netrebko remains the beloved singer of the house but now she may leave her own indelible mark on this repertoire.

Tenor, Stephen Costello

Last night was the opening of the San Francisco Opera, with another Bel Canto favourite, Lucrezia Borgia, starring the ever-lovely Renee Fleming and the magnificent young tenor, Michael Fabiano.  Both Fabiano and Costello are electrifying the opera world and it will be an absolute joy for opera lovers to watch these careers flourish and bloom. Lucky are Mme’s Fleming and Netrebko to sing alongside these two great men and vice-versa.

Fleming stars as Lucrezia

“Singing Sensation Michael Fabiano” (SF Examiner)

“Young Borgia Tenor To Star With Top Diva” (San Francisco Examiner)

Review of Lucrezia Borgia from San Francisco Weekly

As the season begins, the Last Verista wishes all a successful and safe one, filled with excitement, great singing, and devotion to the art.  In Bocca al Lupo per tutti!!!