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Part of the Series: Globetrotting Series
Buongiorno! And welcome to Globetrotting, where in this episode we take you to one of the most unforgettable countries in Europe, Italy. We visit the ruins of the ancient city Pompeii, pay tribute to the opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, and experience two of Italy's most beautiful cities, Florence and Venice.…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with Gino Quilico as Marcello, Nicolai Ghiaurov as Colline, Stephen Dickson…
La Stupenda
At the Sydney Opera House on 2nd October 1990 Dame Joan Sutherland bade farewell to opera in an emotional performance as Marguerite de Valois in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. The occasion marked the close of a distinguished singing career spanning 42 years and embracing 50 different roles. Dubbed 'La Stupenda'…
Verdi: Nabucco - 1842
In the creation of his opera Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi played a key role in the movement for Italian unification. Study the series of 19th-century rebellions against Austrian rule that culminated in the two Italian wars of independence. Observe how the music and poetry of Nabucco came to be identified with…
Antoinette Halloran (Soprano) & John Pringle (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Antoinette Halloran Antoinette Halloran is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre and cabaret. Music theatre highlights include roles in The Phantom…
An Opera from the Indian Ocean - Opera Singers Performing Contemporary Music
Based on historical facts, the African descendent and Reunion born Trules composed the opera Maraina, recounting the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands. Voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and Paris, AN OPERA FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN traces the cast's journey to the place where it all began:…
Chick Corea & Charles Dutoit
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Chick Corea Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941)[1] is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist, keyboardist, drummer, and composer. He is known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a…
Guiseppe Verdi - Falstaff
There was a six-year pause after Otello before Verdi wrote his last opera Falstaff (1893), once more based on Shakespeare (from the c. 1600 comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and his history King Henry IV). He again collaborated with the young, 'wild' librettist Arrigo Boito. This production is also…
Theatre Svoboda - A World Famous Stage Designer
A portrait of the life and work of the director's grandfather, world-famous stage designer Josef Svoboda, who tried to juggle creative freedom, family life and political allegiances during the times of the communist regime. Svoboda was able to work for some of the best theatres in the world, such as…
Emma Matthews (Soprano) & Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Emma Matthews Remy Martin Opera Award, 1999. Green Room Awards 1999, 2000, 2001, Best Female Singer - Title Role, Lulu, 2003, Sofia: Il Signor Bruschino 2005. Mo Award and Helpmann Award: Lulu OA repertoire: title roles: Lakm?, Lulu, Pamina: The Magic Flute, Juliette: Rom? et Juliette, Almirena: Rinaldo, Illia: Idomeneo,…
Sacred Music in the Late 19th Century
Beginning in the late 19th century, composers of sacred music began to question institutional conceptions of faith. Here, study one monumental yet very personal work, Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem; one very anti-monumental expression, Faure's Requiem; and one that seems monumental, yet ends in a deliberately equivocal manner, Verdi's Quattro Pezzi…
John Bolton-Wood (Baritone) & Sally Matthews
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
John Bolton-Wood Born, Australia. Music Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, London Opera Centre. Winner Green Room Awards, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Colonel Frank (Die Fledermaus), Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe) OA repertoire: Alcindoro/Benoit (La boheme), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville),…