Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet

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St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly provide a quick, fun overview of the opera to be heard Saturday afternoon on Classical 91.7.More from Opera Cheat Sheet »

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Opera Cheat Sheet: The Merry Widow

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/16010521/OCS-The-Merry-Widow_EDIT.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_157103" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] Metropolitan Opera production of The Merry Widow[/caption]In this week's OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra introduce you to Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) which premiered in Vienna in 1905.Redolent of another... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Wozzeck

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/10174510/OCS-Wozzeck.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_156361" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Photo by Eugenia Fuente." link="https://www.flickr.com/photos/126552117@N03/14749206586/in/photolist-8xKp9U-4pSr91-8xGoGT-8xGnVM-8xKq2y-8xKpr9-8xKqiN-8xKqRs-5NJ22p-4Z5V2Y-5LV9wa-sVdd9h-qtLQxo-odSRwg-otkxgh-odSR6B-ox8hWx-odSQMk-otkwno-odSQvt-odSSso-ov6cpK-otkw3W-odSS8A-odSS9s" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] From a 2005 performance of Wozzeck by Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires.[/caption]In this week's OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn introduces excerpts from an interview with former Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf and Shepherd School of Music composition professor Anthony Brandt about the... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/03172823/OCS-Cenerentola-Mixdown.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_155513" align="alignnone" width="750"][media-credit name="Photo by Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Creative Commons license." align="alignnone" width="750"][/media-credit] Cenerentola at the Lyric Opera[/caption]In this week's OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Gioachino Rossini's 1817 comic masterpiece La Cenerentola.Based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale of Cinderella, it's... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Opera As Literary Adaptation

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/27180848/OCS-Opera-as-Literary-Adaptation-Mixdown.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_154596" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Photo by Andrew Cioffi, Lyric Opera of Chicago" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015 world premiere production of Bel Canto[/caption]In this week's OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of ROCO look at the seemingly recent phenomenon of turning great books into operas (think Moby Dick, Little... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Marriage Of Figaro

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/20171846/OCS-Marriage-of-Figaro-new.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_152249" align="alignnone" width="976"][media-credit name="© Royal Opera House 2012/Bill Cooper" align="alignnone" width="976"][/media-credit] Lucas Meachem as the Count and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess in the Royal Opera House's 2012 production of The Marriage of Figaro[/caption]In this OCS Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra give a brief introduction... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Elektra

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/29165456/OCS-Elektra.mp3"][/audio] [caption id="attachment_148740" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Christian Michelides" link="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elektra_2689-Michelides.jpg" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] Elektra, Vienna State Opera 2015[/caption] In this OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Richard Strauss's telling of the story of the children of King Agamemnon who are hell bent on seeking revenge on their... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Verdi's Otello

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/22162907/OCS-Verdi-Otello-Mixdown.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_147645" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Performance still from DuPage Opera Theatre production of Verdi's Otello[/caption]In this OCS Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Giuseppe Verdi's penultimate opera, Otello, the second of his three Shakespeare adaptations.Otello, great soldier and statesman, manipulated by the evil Iago, is whipped... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Roberto Devereux

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/15153245/OCS-Roberto-Devereux-Mixdown.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_145746" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera." align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta and Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Donizetti'sRoberto Devereux.[/caption]Gaetano Donizetti seems to have had a thing for English Tudor history! He wrote no less than four operas about historical figures from the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/01152612/Madama-Butterfly-Mixdown-II.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_143436" align="alignleft" width="750"][media-credit name="Sinfómano" link="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sinfomano/2849367468" align="alignleft" width="750"][/media-credit] Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in a scene from Puccini's Madama Butterfly[/caption]In this OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra provide their own inimitable introduction to Giacomo Puccini's 1904 drama based on the play "Madame Butterfly" by David Belasco.Set... Read More

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Marriage Of Figaro (all-new)

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/25171656/OCS-Marriage-of-Figaro-new.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_142711" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Ralph Daily " link="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphandjenny/16436425641" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] The Marriage of Figaro, Metropolitan Opera House, December 2014[/caption]In this all-new OCS Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra give a brief introduction to one of Mozart's greatest creations.Subtitled The Mad Day, The Marriage of Figaro shows the... Read More

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