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This week on the Lyric Stage we have highlights from Maria Callas' Carmen. C allas never performed Carmen on stage, but many consider her 1964 recording of Bizet's opera among the best recorded versions of Carmen. To paraphrase one critic, "Callas isn't Carmen, Carmen is Callas." Few opera singers are as fascinating as Maria Callas. She died in 1977 but her recordings still sell well, and she is part of any discussion about great opera singers. She was technically flawed certainly, and had a premature vocal decline, but no singer became a character as well as she did as this Carmen from late in her career shows. No singer has so compellingly defined every aspect of what a diva is. This recording has the added bonus of an excellent cast and a very French, idiomatic approach by conductor Georges Pretre. Nicolai Gedda, Robert Massard and Andrea Guiot complete the main cast of singers, and Pretre conducts the Rene Duclos chorus and the Orchestra of the National theater of Paris.
Almost four decades after it was written, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Soldier's Play" has made it to Broadway. This week on In a Broadway Minute, theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the Roundabout Theater production, Friday (1/24) at 8 am and Saturday (1/25) at 10 am.
The commercialization of the internet continues those .org addresses nonprofits use may soon be owned by a for-profit company. We’ll talk about how it all works and what it means for the future of the internet. Guests Esther Dyson , founding chairwoman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. ( @edyson ) Andrew Sullivan , president and CEO of the Internet Society. ( @SullivanISOC ) Nora Abussita-Ouri , chief purpose officer for Ethos Capital, which plans to buy the .org domain for $1.1 billion. Formerly a senior vice president for development at ICANN. ( @NoraAbu6 ) From The Reading List The Washington Post: Don’t give your dot-org domain away to a private company One of the Internet’s most trusted assets — the dot-org domain used by nonprofits from UNICEF to your local food bank — is being hijacked. Dot-org, which was built to support nonprofits globally, is being sold to the highest bidder with almost no public discussion or consideration of alternatives. Organizations and their supporters
It’s been 10 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Citizens United. We’ll look back at the last decade and take stock of the fallout. Guests Carrie Levine , senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. ( @levinecarrie ) Bradley Smith , professor of law at Capital University Law School. ( @CommishSmith ) Rick Hasen , professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine. ( @rickhasen ) John S. Adams , editor-in-chief of the Montana Free Press. ( @johnsadams406 ) Interview Highlights On how the influence of “mega-donors” has increased in American elections over the past decade Carrie Levine: A recent report by the Center for Responsive Politics found that election related spending from those types of independent groups really ballooned over the past decade. It went from $750 million over the two decades before the decision to $4.5 billion over the decades since Citizens United. And so thats a huge increase. And in some races, you know, you
Half way through this performance of Max Richter 's achingly beautiful On The Nature Of Daylight , I looked around our NPR Music office and saw trembling chins and tearful eyes. Rarely have I seen so many Tiny Desk audience members moved in this way. There's something about Max Richter's music that triggers deep emotions. In Daylight , which has been effectively used in movies such as Arrival and Shutter Island , a simple theme rolls out slowly in the low strings until a violin enters with a complimentary melody in a higher register. Richter, at the keyboard, adds a subterranean bass line for added gravitas, while high above another violin soars sweetly, mournfully. With all elements interlocked – and sensitively played by members of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble – the piece gently sways, building in intensity. It all adds up to a six-minute emotional journey that, if you open yourself to the sounds, can leave you wrung out. "I'm very interested in the idea of a piece of
Wednesday at noon (1-22) on Curtis Calls we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Sonata for Cello & Guitar by Radames Gnattali, Mozart's Piano Sonata in B-flat, K.333, Chopin's Scherzo No.2 , op.33 and Abyss Lustre by Sean William Calhoun. Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10:00.
Harriet Tubman may be the best-known conductor of the Underground Railroad, but a new album highlights another key figure: William Still, who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the years before the Civil War. It's about time Still was more widely recognized for his efforts as an abolitionist, historian and conductor for the Underground Railroad. He's featured prominently in the new film Harriet (as portrayed by Leslie Odom Jr. ) and he's the central figure of Sanctuary Road , a new oratorio by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec based on Still's 1872 book The Underground Railroad . Kent Tritle deftly leads the Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra, Chorus and a dynamic cast of African American soloists. Still, who was born free in New Jersey in 1821, moved to Philadelphia in his 20s, where he worked for an abolitionist society. Soon, he became a major figure in the Railroad organization, writing down almost everything he saw and heard. "Preserve
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a dream where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin. More than a half-century later, how should parents talk about race and justice with their kids now? Guests Melissa Giraud , social justice educator, researcher and advocate. Co-founder of EmbraceRace, an organization that provides resources for parents to teach their children about race. ( @mgiraud ) Andrew Grant-Thomas , social justice researcher and advocate. Co-founder of EmbraceRace. Former director of programs at the Proteus Fund, a national foundation committed to advancing justice through democracy, human rights, and peace; and deputy director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University. ( @agrantth ) Gita Gulati-Partee , founder and president of OpenSource Leadership Strategies, which consults nonprofits about the racial equity capacity of social change organizations. Interview Highlights On the importance of addressing race
Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died. Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century. Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. "Not just to stand up and improvise," he stressed. "You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity." Heath left hundreds of compositions that were performed by his own
Whats next for the impeachment inquiry? Well discuss the latest developments and look at new evidence still surfacing. Guests John Bresnahan , congressional bureau chief for Politico. ( @BresPolitico ) Miriam Elder , senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News, and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. ( @MiriamElder ) Andrew S. Weiss , vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research on Russia and Eurasia. Former director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council. ( @andrewsweiss ) From The Reading List Politico : House Dems release new impeachment evidence related to indicted Giuliani associate The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The release, which reflects the unfinished
Impeachment heads to the Senate. Democrats debate electability and gender. The U.S. and China strike a deal. The entire Russian government quits. The roundtable is here. Guests Kimberly Atkins , senior news correspondent for WBUR. ( @KimberlyEAtkins ) Darlene Superville , White House reporter, Associated Press. ( @dsupervilleap ) Jack Beatty , On Point news analyst. ( @JackBeattyNPR ) From The Reading List Washington Post : Eyeing swift impeachment trial, Trump’s legal team aims to block witnesses and cast doubt on charges White House lawyers are trying to engineer the fastest impeachment trial in American history, aiming to have President Trump acquitted by the Senate without witnesses and after just a few days of proceedings, according to senior administration officials. Trump’s desire for a short trial has solidified over the past few weeks, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delayed transmitting two articles of impeachment to the Senate because of concerns about how the
Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal. We look at what’s fair and what’s foul in the state of baseball and sport. Guests Jeremy Schaap , host of the ESPN newsmagazines “Outside the Lines” and “E:60.” ( @JeremySchaap ) Eduardo Pérez , played 13 seasons in the MLB for eight teams. Coached the Astros and the Marlins. ESPN baseball analyst. ( PerezEd ) Del Wilber , reporter for the Los Angeles Times. His grandfather was a former player, coach and manager in the MLB. ( @DelWilber ) From The Reading List NBC News : Astros execs were fired for stealing signs. What about the players? Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine remembers the lengths to which his lefty pitcher Al Leiter would go to protect his arsenal of pitches when the team played on the road. Leiter wanted to change the signs so many times that it drove his catchers crazy. I promise you, when Al Leiter went into some stadiums, he was so paranoid that the other team had our signs, Mike Piazza wanted to whack Leiter when he went
Laura Linney is starring on Broadway in the one-woman play "My Name is Lucy Barton," adapted for the stage by the author of the popular book with the same title. Theater critic Howard Shapiro this week reviews the play on In a Broadway Minute, Friday (12/17) at 8 am and Saturday (12/18) at 10 am.
If you think the world is in rough shape now, consider tomorrow. Gaze into the crystal ball for an hour of cautionary tales about totalitarian government, corporate control, and technology gone awry, including selections from “Fahrenheit 451” (Bernard Herrmann), “Wall-E” (Thomas Newman), “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (John Williams), and “Metropolis” (Gottfried Huppertz). Embrace your humanity. A bleak future is rendered hopeful, in large part, through music, this Friday at 6 pm.
Orchestras and Concert Halls around the country are hosting concerts and other tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, and this Saturday (1/18 at 7 pm) A Tempo will highlight two of them. Host Rachel Katz will speak with multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, who is bringing his production of "We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr." to Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Friday Jan. 17 as part of its North American tour, and also with composer and drummer Dr. Mark Lomax II, whose Suite from his work 400: An Afrikan Epic , will be featured during the Cleveland Orchestra's Free Community Open House Monday Jan. 20. This week's A Tempo also includes an interview with Sandy Jones, Manager of Education and Family Concerts at the Cleveland Orchestra about the Open House.
There are two lesser-known works by Kurt Weill on this week’s Sunday Opera (1/19 3:00 p.m.) with a performance of his final opera in Germany before his emigration and an excerpt from the first piece he wrote in France on his way to the United States. With a plot that is far too complicated to go into, “Die Burgschaft” or “The Pedge” is said to be about the “rise to power of a money driven dictatorship, paralleling the rise of the Nazis.” It is also a parable regarding man’s role in society. It was premiered in Berlin in 1932 and was popular until banned by the Nazi regime. The recording to which we’ll be listening comes from the Spoleto Festival and is conducted by Julius Rudel.
We’re once again going to the Dickens on this week’s Dress Circle (1/19 7:00 p.m.) in the second part of our series looking at musicals based on the works of one of the world’s most beloved authors. Without an orphan or miser in sight, we’ll be sampling songs from “Pickwick,” a musicalization of Dickens’ first novel “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club,” which starred Harry Secombe. We’re returning to Rupert Holmes’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” but this time, we’ll listen to several songs from the recent Broadway revival.
In the 1820's, there was a fashion for stage works featuring sonnambulism or sleepwalking. This led to a popular 1827 ballet The Sleepwalker, or the arrival of a new Lord , and it is that work that in 1830 inspired Bellini and his librettist Felice Romani to write La Sonnambula. The opera premiered in Milan in 1831. The music is timeless, and you hardly need to know what the plot is to appreciate the opera, but it does have a plot, albeit one that has not worn well nearly 200 years after the opera's premiere. Amina a Swiss village girl, is engaged to a fellow villager Elvino. All is happy until the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Count Rodolfo. He admires Amina. Elvino does not like this, and he really doesn't like it when Amina is found asleep in Rodolfo’s room at the local inn late at night. But when Amina is found to be an innocent sleepwalker, a sonambulist, all ends happily, with Amina and Elvino back together One critic describes the opera as "all about innocence," and that in
A pupil of legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, Adolphus Hailstork is composer-in-residence at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, experience his uplifting oratorio, “Done Made My Vow,” inspired in part by King’s speeches, and the rhythmically exciting “Variations for Trumpet.” The music is hale, but the sentiments are King, this Sunday at 10 pm.