August Highlights on WVIA-FM

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La Opera on Air - Tales of Hoffmann


Saturday, August 5, 1pm

The sensational Vittorio Grigolo portrays the poet E.T.A. Hoffmann. Urged on by his drinking buddies, Hoffmann recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—wind-up doll Olympia, conniving Giulietta, fragile Antonia and elusive Stella. Hoffmann's doomed pursuit of romance, foiled by sinister figures of darkness at every turn, ultimately leads him to a poet's artistic salvation.The cast also features Kate Aldrich, Kate Lindsey and superstar Diana Damrau in her LA Opera debut. Plácido Domingo conducts Offenbach's compellingly atmospheric score.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Early Music in Herne


Sunday, August 6, 2pm

Hervé Niquet leads the period instrument ensemble, Le concert spirituel in choral works fit for a queen, or rather for two queens: Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art, Birthday Ode for Queen Mary; and Handel’s The Ways of Zion Do Mourn, funeral anthem for Queen Caroline. Also, the Sébastien Erard Harp Ensemble provides the intermezzo of the banquet.


The Figaro Trilogy - Barber of Seville


Saturday, August 12, 1pm

Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the spunky Rosina, whose doddering guardian is determined to marry her himself. It’s Figaro to the rescue, as the resourceful barber conjures up wacky schemes and strategies to unite the young lovers.

A topnotch cast sails through the score’s bel canto glories, thrilling the audience as characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire. As the tonsorial trickster, Figaro: Rodion Pogossov, René Barbera is the amorous Count, Elizabeth DeShong is a delight as Rosina.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Toulouse


Sunday, August 13, 2pm

L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse traveled to Bonn for a concert in the Beethoven Hall. Tugan Sohiev conducts a program that includes two works of Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique and the Roman Carnival Overture. Also, soloist Christian Zacharias is featured the “Emperor” Piano Concerto of Beethoven.


The Figaro Trilogy - The Marriage of Figaro


Saturday, August 19, 1pm

The wily barber and part-time matchmaker has finally fallen in love, but--like everything else in Figaro's life--it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess herself gets into the action when she learns of her husband’s plans. Or is she embroiled in a liaison of her own?

From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart’s comic masterpiece under the baton of James Conlon brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness. In the cast: Roberto Tagliavini as Figaro, Pretty Yende as Susanna, Ryan McKinny as the Count, and Renée Rapier as Cherubino.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Dersden Sound


Sunday, August 20, 2pm

Performances recorded in St. Luke’s Church in Dresden feature cellist Jan Vogler in the Schumann Cello Concerto and the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky. Ivor Bolton conducts the Dresden Festival Orchestra in the Symphony No. 2 of Schumann.


The Figaro Trilogy - The Ghosts of Versailles


Saturday, August 26, 1pm

The Figaro Trilogy concludes with a modern masterpiece by John Corigliano. Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright, Beaumarchais, tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures of his beloved characters from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. But sneaky Figaro refuses to play by the script, breaking free from the opera-within-the-opera in a surprise bid for a better life.

John Corigliano’s grand opera buffa is one of the most acclaimed operas of our time. Extravagantly scaled, gloriously tuneful, supremely touching and yet uproariously entertaining, The Ghosts of Versailles turns history on its head as love attempts to alter the course of destiny.

Patricia Racette is appropriately regal as Marie Antoinette. Christopher Maltman plays the talented playwright, and the mischievous Figaro is portrayed by Lucas Meacham. James Conlon conducts.


Bloomsburg University Young Artists' Competition

Sunday, August 27, 2pm

This program presents performances by the winners of this competition designed for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Eleven budding talents were chosen this year. Well-known professional pianist, Ron Stabinsky, served as coach for the competition and is featured as the collaborative pianist during the recital. Music of Debussy, Chopin, Mozart, Walton, Liszt, Schumann and Tchaikovsky is featured. Recorded in WVIA’s Sordoni Theater on May 21, 2017. Chris Norton and Larry Vojtko host.


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