Metropolitan Opera Returns!

rigoletto larger

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee broadcasts return this Saturday with Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Here’s the complete schedule!

Tom Jones, Simon Boccanegra and Slant

slant culture logo

This week on Artsbreak: Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Tom Jones, Kentucky Opera’s Simon Boccanegra and the Slant Culture Theatre Festival.

Audio MP3

Featured Album: Opera Breve

philippequintlilymaisky2_bybenjaminbrolet

Opera’s are rarely brief, but it’s often worth the wait for those moving arias or duets. Thankfully, Phillipe Quint and Lily Maisky capture some operatic gems on their new album Opera Breve, our Featured Album this week. Tune if for highlights from Porgy and Bess, Hansel and Gretel, Eugen Onegin and much more.

Call Me Ishmael

Moby Dick

Jake Heggie, composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, worked with librettist Gene Scheer to bring Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick to life on the opera stage. A commission of The Dallas Opera, with San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia, opened in 2010 in Dallas. Hear San Francisco’s production on Saturday at 1pm. (A sneak peek of the music is below)

Ooooooooklahoma!

Oklahoma_trailer_1070x530

Ashley Brown and John Cudia star in Oklahoma! from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Set in the West just after the turn of the last century, the high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop for one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Saturdays at 1pm.