The BPO is not on vacation this summer, far from it.  Some of the finest instruments ever created sing in the hands of rising stars Augustin Hadelich and Mayuko Kamio this Friday night at 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall as JoAnn Falletta conducts a concert featuring music by Sarasate, Bach, and others.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:51

Nickel City Opera's Valerian Ruminski

"Spoiler Alert???"  It's no secret that in grand opera, characters suffer and die, but in Puccini's "Tosca" the baritone gets stabbed, the tenor gets shot, and the soprano leaps to her death.  What you might not know is that "Tosca" is the most error-prone production in history.  If it CAN go wrong, it WILL go wrong in "Tosca."  Nickel City Opera impresario Valerian Ruminski tells WNED's Peter Hall about some amusing mistakes over the last century.  Tosca is live on stage at the Riviera Theatre on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, Friday night at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Description: When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done-a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet. Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader also presents pieces never before published, including the essays "Cheerfulness" and "What We Have Learned So Far." (400 pages)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:33

Placido Domingo at the Met 3 CD Set

Description: Forty-five years ago, Plácido Domingo appeared at The Metropolitan Opera for the first time, stepping in to replace an ailing Franco Corelli as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and announcing his arrival as a new major talent. Since that memorable debut, Domingo has sung forty-eight different roles with the company, conducted ten operas, and appeared in twenty-eight concerts and galas as singer, conductor and pianist. Plácido Domingo: Domingo at The Met – Anniversary Edition, the new 3-CD set of arias and scenes from Italian, French, German, Russian and American operas, reflects the breadth of Domingo’s extraordinary Met career while celebrating this milestone anniversary.

Track List

Disc 1

1. Simon Boccanegra, Act II: "O inferno! ... Sento avvampar nell'anima"

2. Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna è mobile"

3. Otello, Act IV: "Niun mi tema"

4. Don Carlo, Act I: "Fontainebleau! Foresta immensa e solitaria! ... Io la vidi"

5. Luisa Miller, Act II: "Oh! fede negar potessi ... Quando le sere al placido"

6. La Traviata, Act II: "Lunge da lei ... De' miei bollenti spiriti ... O mio rimorso, infamia!"

7. La Traviata, Act II: "Di Provenza il mar, il suol"

8. Un Ballo in Maschera, Act I: "Di' tu se fedele"

9. Un Ballo in Maschera, Act III: "Forse la soglia attinse ... Ma se m'è forza perderti"

10. Rigoletto, Act I: "Questa o quella"

11. Stiffelio, Act I: "Vidi dovunque gemere ... Ah v'appare in fronte scritto"

12. Aida, Act I: "Se quel guerrier io fossi! ... Celeste Aida"

13. La Forza del Destino, Act III: "La vita è inferno all'infelice ... O tu che in seno agli angeli"

14. Simon Boccanegra, Act I: "Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo dalle feroce storia"

15. Il Trovatore, Act III: "Ah! Si, ben mio, coll'essere ... L'onda de' suoni mistici ... Di quella pira"


Disc 2

1. Turandot, Act III: "Nessun dorma"

2. Andrea Chénier, Act IV: "Cittadino, men duol - Come un bel dì di maggio"

3. Pagliacci, Act I: "Recitar! ... Vesti la giubba"

4. La Fanciulla del West, Act III: "Risparmiate lo scherno ... Ch'ella mi creda"

5. La Gioconda, Act II: "Cielo e mar"

6. La Bohème, Act III: "Marcello. Finalmente!"

7. Cavalleria Rusticana: "Compar Alfio ... Mamma, quel vino è generoso"

8. Manon Lescaut, Act I: "Cortese damigella ... Donna non vidi mai"

9. Norma, Act I: "Svanir le voci ... Meco all'altar di Venere ... Me protegge, me difende"

10. Sly, Act I: "Un orso in musoliera"

11. Francesa da Rimini, Act III: "Inghirlandata di violette m'appariste ieri"

12. Il Tabarro: "Hai ben ragione! Meglio non pensare"

13. Fedora, Act II: "La fante mi svela l'immondo ritrovo ... Vedi io piango"

14. Tosca, Act I: "Dammi i colori! ... Recondita armonia"

15. Tosca, Act III: "E lucevan le stelle"


Disc 3

1. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Prologue: "Va pour Kleinzach! ... Il ètait une fois à la cour d'Eisenach"

2. Faust, Act II: "Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre? ... Salut! demeure chaste et pure"

3. Iphigénie en Tauride, Act II: "Quel silence effrayant! - Dieux, qui me poursuivez"

4. Samson et Dalila, Act III: "Vois ma misère, hélas"

5. Carmen, Act II: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"

6. Werther, Act III: "Pourquoi me réveiller"

7. Les Troyens, Act III: "Inutiles regrets! ... Ah! Quand viendra l'instant"

8. The Queen of Spades, Act I: "Prosti, prelestnoe sozdanye"

9. The First Emperor, Act I: "The Shadow That Haunts Me Wherever I Go"

10. Parsifal, Act II: "Amfortas! Die Wunde!"

11. Die Walküre, Act I: "Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater"

12. Lohengrin, Act III: "In fernem Land ... Mir schwankt der Boden!"

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:29

Chautauqua Day Passes

A gate pass entitles you to attend most events on the grounds, including all Amphitheater lectures and performances (Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, dance, popular entertainment), morning worship services, afternoon lectures at the Hall of Philosophy, swimming at four public beaches, access to Smith Memorial Library, Oliver Archives Center and Chautauqua Bookstore; use of all parks, walks and public gardens; and bus and tram transportation on the grounds.