June Highlights on WVIA-FM
The Pearl Fishers
Saturday, June 2nd, 1pm
For sheer transcendent beauty, Bizet’s "The Pearl Fishers" has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans.
Deutsche Welle Festival: Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch
Sunday, June 3rd, 2pm
Dmitry Shostakovich vacationed in Gohrisch twice and wrote one major work there. Now there's a yearly festival in the composer's memory in that little town in eastern Germany with the emphasis on rediscovering his output and his times. The most recent season featured three never-before-performed pieces from Shostakovich's opera "The Nose" and the world premiere of the four-movement version of a chamber symphony by fellow Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Saturday, June 9th, 1pm
Puccini’s "Turandot" transports us to a fantasy of ancient China, where a princess challenges suitors to solve her riddles or face death.
Simply Grand Concert: Jennifer Cowgill
Sunday, June 10th, 2pm
Soprano Jennifer Cowgill presents an All-American program with music of Libby Larsen, Eric Whitacre, the Three Poems of Fiona MacLeod by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Samuel Barber’s magical Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Saturday, June 16th, 1pm
The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel, "I Puritani". This historical 17th-century English drama is centered around a passionate young couple caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.
Deutsche Welle Festival: Campus Concert
Sunday, June 17th, 2pm
Deutsche Welle has collaborated with the Beethovenfest Bonn since 2000 on its Campus Project, showcasing a different country and its music culture each year. This most recent edition was dedicated to Ukraine, a country torn, at war and in search of its cultural identity. Part of that search was the founding of a youth orchestra specifically for this project, led here by Oksana Lyniv, an exciting young maestra from the country. The results put Ukraine in the center of Europe musically. Music of Beethoven and Mussorgsky is featured.
Lessons in Love and Violence
Saturday, June 23rd, 1pm
This is the May 2018 world premiere performance of George Benjamin’s third opera, Lessons in Love and Violence. This much-anticipated production tells the story of a king caught between love and politics, and features Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, French baritone Stéphane Degout, as well as British soprano Jennifer France, Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson and Hungarian-Canadian mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabó – the last three making their Covent Garden debuts.
Deutsche Welle Festival: Opera Fuoco
Sunday, June 24th, 2pm
Founded in 2003 in Paris by American conductor David Stern, the opera company "Opera Fuoco" includes a unique instrumental ensemble comprising leading instrumentalists of historical performance practice. This program not only includes excerpts from operas, but also Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.
Saturday, June 30th, 1pm
Anna Netrebko is Lady Macbeth in this Royal Opera production of Verdi’s early masterpiece. Playing the title role is Željko Lučić.