Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Art And Media Studies: Classical WETA-FM Salutes Rostropovich And The New MET Opera Announces Next Season's Video Broadcasts

Today, Sharon Rockefeller's Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, will offer a 9 PM special broadcast honoring the late Mstislav Rostropovich; who sought, only partially successfully, to entrench Washington, D.C. firmly in the international classical music world. The program, hosted by David Ginder, will feature short interviews with Hugh Wolff, a Rostropovich conducting protegee, as well as several musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra.

N. and I will each be hurrying home from work in order to listen.


The New Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation.

Opening Night Gala
(North America only)
La Traviata (Act II) – Verdi
Manon (Act III) – Massenet
Capriccio (Final Scene) – Richard Strauss
Monday, September 22, 2008 (6:30 pm ET)
James Levine conducts Renée Fleming in a performance of fully staged scenes. Also starring Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson, and Dwayne Croft.

Salome – Richard Strauss
Saturday, October 11, 2008 (1:00 pm ET)
Karita Mattila reprises her acclaimed interpretation of the title role.

Doctor Atomic (New production) – John Adams
Saturday, November 8, 2008 (1:00 pm ET)
Gerald Finley stars in the Met premiere of John Adams’s modern masterpiece. New production by Penny Woolcock.

La Damnation de Faust (New production) – Berlioz
Saturday, November 22, 2008 (1:00 pm ET)
Robert Lepage directs Marcello Giordani in the title role of this new production, conducted by James Levine. Also starring Susan Graham.

Thaïs (New production) – Massenet
Saturday, December 20, 2008 (12:00 pm ET)
Renée Fleming stars in the title role opposite Thomas Hampson.

La Rondine (New production) – Puccini
Saturday, January 10, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Puccini’s melodic gem stars real-life couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

Orfeo ed Euridice – Gluck
Saturday, January 24, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Mark Morris’s production returns with Stephanie Blythe and Danielle de Niese in the title roles.

Lucia di Lammermoor– Donizetti
Saturday, February 7, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Anna Netrebko sings the title role in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production, opposite Rolando Villazón and Mariusz Kwiecien.

Madama Butterfly – Puccini
Saturday, March 7, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Anthony Minghella’s stunning production returns with Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Marcello Giordani in the leading roles.

La Sonnambula (New production) – Bellini
Saturday, March 21, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Mary Zimmerman stages this new production, which stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez.

La Cenerentola – Rossini
Saturday, May 9, 2009 (1:00 pm ET)
Rossini’s Cinderella story returns to the rep with Elīna Garanča in the title role.

Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation for the Health and Future of Children, Washington, D.C.

Mstislav Rostropovich playing the Duport Stradivarius at the White House in 1978; and children (and possible future musicians if the world lets them live) at the orphanage in Batumi, Republic of Georgia, ca. 2007.

Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons and Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation web-site. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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