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.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:04

Chautauqua Symphony Concerts 2014

Chautauqua Concerts 2014



Saturday, July 5 - 8:15 p.m.  

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Arthur Fagan, guest conductor

Chautauqua Opera Company

To Air- Tuesday, July 22



Thursday, July 31 - 8:15 p.m.  

Maximiano Valdes, guest conductor 

Stanislav Khristenko, piano (Winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition)

Essay No, 1, Op. 12……………………………………………. Samuel Barber   8’

Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 in B-Flat Minor.....Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky   32’

Symphony No. 5, Op. 82 in E-flat Major……………………………………………………………....Jean Sibelius  30’


To Air:  Saturday August 9th.




Saturday, July 19 - 8:15 p.m. 

Roberto Minczuk, guest conductor

Jon Nakamatsu, piano


Piano Concerto, Op. 16 in A Minor           Edvard Grieg  30’

Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 in E Minor       Dmitri Shostakovich  45’ 



Saturday, August 16 - 8:15 p.m. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue

Daniel Boico, guest conductor 

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano


Les Preludes……………………………………….…...…....Franz Liszt  16’

Rhapsody in Blue………………………..…………George Gershwin  16’

Symphony No. 1 in G Minor          Vassili Kalinnikov  35’

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