Monday, August 19, 7 p.m.
Continuing the tribute to the 2013 Carmel Bach Festival’s music from France, KUSP’s Monday Night at the Opera presents Francis Poulenc’s one act opera La voix humaine featuring soprano Julia Migenes and the Orchestre National de France conducted by Georges Prétre.
The inventive story is by Jean Cocteau and presents just one side of a telephone conversation. The music is charming and dramatic.
Then, one of Ernest Chausson’s most effective works, Poème de l’amour and de la mer with the incredible voice of Jessye Norman with support coming from the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo conducted by Armin Jordan.
The remainder of the program will feature popular arias from the full range of French opera. Host for this program is Joe Truskot.
Monday, July 22, 7 p.m
Erich Leinsdorf directs the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Chorus in this remarkable opera (The City of the Dead) composed in 1920 by Erich Korngold. The cast includes René Kollo, tenor; Carol Neblett, soprano; and Hermann Prey, baritone.
Joe Truskot hosts the evening of misplaced visions and fantasies. The plot involves a man who tries to replace a dead wife with one who resembles her. The city is Bruges at the end of the 19th century.
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
No, that’s not Kitty Wells on the cover, it’s the great Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi in Giacomo Puccini’s original spaghetti western, La fanciulla del West. Join host Joe Truskot for a complete recording of one of Puccini’s most interesting operas.
In addition to Miss Tebaldi as Minnie, you’ll hear Mario del Monaco as Dick Johnson, Cornell MacNeil and Jack Rance with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Academia di Santa Cecilia, Rome conducted by Franco Capuana. Don’t miss one note coming to you from the Polka Bar and Grill!
Zinka Milanov as Santuzza in Pietro Mascagni’s verisimo opera, Cavalleria rustica. Also in the cast are Jussi Bjoerling and Robert Merrill.
Renata Tebaldi sings Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Giulietta Simionato as La zia Principessa.
Host Joe Truskot presents these two short operas perfect for Easter.
Click the above link for the surprise version of Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria. As one critic commented, “I like what I herd. I kid. I kid.” Apologies to German soprano Diana Damrau.
Much more fun coming your way during the Spring Pledge drive. Tune in Monday, March 11 for Barbara Smythe, Miriam Ellis, and Joe Truskot as they play their favorite opera moments and help listener supported KUSP achieve its goal.
PROGRAM AIRS: Monday, February 18, 7 p.m.
One of the greatest opera recordings ever, Maria Callas leads a stellar cast in the definitive performance of Puccini’s most fascinating heroine, Floria Tosca.
Hear her speak the word “Quanto?” as she bargains with Scarpia for her lover Cavaradossi’s life.
Hear her exclaim “E avante a lui tremava tutta Roma” (Before him, all Rome trembled) as she steps around his stabbed body.
Hear her horrible cry as she realizes, Scarpia has tricked her and Cavaradossi was shot with real bullets.
Opera doesn’t get any better than this, folks. Tune in.
PROGRAM AIRS: Mon., Feb. 4 at 7
Monday Night at the Opera host Barbara Smythe presents one of the most popular operas of the 20th century, Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. The opera, set in China, is a perfect compliment to Chinese New Year coming up on Sunday, February 10.
The stellar cast, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, includes Birgit Nilsson, Renata Tebaldi, and Jussi Bjorling. It’s more Italian than Chinese but “What difference does it make?” Liu is going to die loving her prince and he’s going to answer the three questions by the Icy Princess. Believe us. No one will sleep with this recording playing.