This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Pumeza Matshikiza

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Pumeza Matshikiza

This Sunday September 11th join Alexa Patrenko for an evening of Pumeza Matshikiza. There’s a new soprano on the block…..the young South African diva Pumeza Matshikiza, who has recently joined the ranks of those artists who go by their first name only.  Arias is her eclectic second CD for Decca, just released a few months ago, chock full of roles she has sung on international stages, roles she longs to sing, and some of her favourite art songs as well.  It’s too soon to say yet whether she will make it big, but it’s always fun to discover a new artist with potential, ambition, and a gorgeous...
This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Janet Baker

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Janet Baker

This Sunday August 21st join Alexa Patrenko for an evening of Janet Baker. One of the greatest singers of the 20th century, mezzo soprano Janet Baker, was born on Aug 21, 1933 in South Yorkshire, England. To celebrate her birthday, we’ll hear her superb recording of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with John Barbirolli and the LSO, as well Brahms’ not heard often enough Alto Rhapsody with the John Alldis Choir and Adrian Boult. To top it off, her Che Faro from Gluck’s Orfeo, one of her first opera roles, and her final one, when she had the good sense to retire at 50 when she was still at the top of her...
This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: The Cole Porter Songbook

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: The Cole Porter Songbook

This Sunday August 7th join Alexa Patrenko for an evening with The Cole Porter Songbook with Sarah Fox and James Burton. The brilliant American tunesmith Cole Porter’s music and lyrics are set to sophisticated, ingenious, memorable, and immensely satisfying songs are the perfect accompaniment for a relaxed summer evening….Soprano Sarah Fox and pianist James Burton present delectable hits from the 30s and 40s, from Anything Goes and I Get a Kick Out of You to Miss Otis Regrets and Night and...
This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Songs of the Auvergne

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera: Songs of the Auvergne

This Sunday July 31st join Alexa Patrenko for an evening of Songs of the Auvergne. It wouldn’t be summer without an idyllic getaway to France’s Auvergne region, with its verdant pastures, lakes and streams, surrounded by volcanic mountains and forested hillsides… Joseph Canteloube’s arrangements of local folksongs, his Chants d’Auvergne, capture the landscape in lush orchestral colour, and soprano Karina Gauvin joins Raffi Armenian and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra to weave a lyrical spell,  where simple peasant songs rise to the level of purest art. Tune in to Sunday Night at The Opera with Alexa Petrenko, Sunday evenings from 9:00 PM – 10:00...
This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera

This Sunday July 24th join Alexa Patrenko for an evening with Piotr Beczala. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has become such a fixture at the Met, La Scala, Munich Opera,  the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg festival, and countless other international opera companies, that he is virtually indispensable. Surprisingly he does occasionally find the time to record a disc.  This week we’ll enjoy his DG album The French Collection, where he sings some of the most heartfelt tenor arias from French operas by Massenet, Berlioz, Bizet, Gounod, Verdi and Donizetti. Tune in to Sunday Night at The Opera with Alexa Petrenko, Sunday evenings from 9:00 PM – 10:00...
This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera

This Week on Sunday Night at the Opera

This Sunday April 11th join Alexa Patrenko for an evening of Gluck, Orpheus & Eurydice. One of our most loved guests returns to Sunday Night at the Opera, Marshall Pynkoski, co-artistic director of Opera Atelier.  We’ll introduce you to the current Opera Atelier production of Gluck’s masterpiece Orpheus & Eurydice, and play you some of the perfectly simple and deeply honest music from the opera.  This particular version of Orpheus & Eurydice has the happy ending we all long for in love…. Tune in to Sunday Night at The Opera with Alexa Petrenko, Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM – 10:00...