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At the Opera - 10/27/12 - Spooky Double Bill - Wagner/Bartok: Der Fliegenden Hollander & Bluebeards Castle


Tune in for a special extra spooky pre-Holloween operatic double-bill!!

 
 
The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) is an opera, with music and libretto by Richard Wagner. Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography Mein Leben that he had been inspired to write The Flying Dutchman following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London in July and August 1839. The central theme is redemption through love. Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden in 1843. This work shows early attempts at operatic styles that would characterise his later music dramas. In Der fliegende Holländer Wagner uses a number of leitmotifs (literally, "leading motifs") associated with the characters and themes. The leitmotifs are all introduced in the overture, which begins with a well-known ocean or storm motif before moving into the Dutchman and Senta motifs. This live 1985 recording stars Simon Estes. Woldemar Nelsson conducts.

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Bluebeard's Castle is a one-act opera by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. The libretto was written by Béla Balázs, a poet and friend of the composer. It is in Hungarian, based on the French fairy tale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault. The opera lasts only a little over an hour and there are only two singing characters onstage: Bluebeard (Kékszakállú), and his new wife Judith (Judit); the two have just eloped and Judith is coming home to Bluebeard's castle for the first time with a great spooky ending just in time for Holloween. This 1965 recording stars Walter Berry and Christa Ludwig. István Kertész conducts.
 
 
Saturday, October 27, 2012

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:09p
Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander ; Woldemar Nelsson, conductor; Label: Polygram Records FindBUY
10:00p
10:32p
Bela Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle - London Symphony; Istvan Kertesz, conductor; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:00p
11:31p
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana: O Fortuna ; Solti, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Label: Polygram Records FindBUY
11:34p
Arigo Boito: Ah! Su! Riddiamo, Riddiamo ; Oliviero de Fabritiis, conductor; London Opera Chorus; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:37p
Ghiaurov: Faust, opera: Le Veau d'or (Song of the Golden Calf) ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:40p
Saint-Saens: Faust, opera: Serenade: Vous qui faites l'endormie ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:43p
Arigo Boito: Ave, Signor Degli Angeli E Dei Santi! ; Oliviero de Fabritiis, conductor; London Opera Chorus; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:46p
Verdi: Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): 2. Dies irae. Dies irae - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor; Label: Dg Imports FindBUY
11:50p
Arigo Boito: Sono Lo Spirito Che Nega ; Oliviero de Fabritiis, conductor; London Opera Chorus; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:57p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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