Programming Notes: January 2015

Dec 26, 2014

Happy New Year!

Sadly, the twinkle lights are coming down and the menorah is being tucked away until next year, but there is a bright side… we’re back in Met Opera season! The winter season has opened the doors to The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where we’ll be hearing their Saturday matinee broadcast at 1PM.

Beginning the month, on January 3rd is Humperdink’s fairy-tale opera Hansel & Gretel with Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel, and Sir Andrew Davis conducting the fantastical tale. January 10th brings us to Egypt with Verdi’s mythic love triangle Aida. Marco Armiliato will be conducting Tamara Wilson as the title role, Violeta Urmana as Amneris, and Marcello Giordani as Radames. On the 17th, the great Renée Fleming will star as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, The Merry Widow. The perennial favorite, Puccini’s La Bohème, will hit the airwaves on January 24th with Kristine Opolais as the tragic Mimi, and Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet, Rodolfo. And closing out the month, is Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. This tale of a tortured poet with his three heroines is conducted by Yves Able.

Not an opera fan? We’ve got you covered. 1400AM Albany will be airing our regular schedule and we have alternate programming on WAMC HD2. You can get your fix of TED Radio, Radio Deluxe, and This American Life on those channels. If you don’t live near Albany or don’t have an HD2 radio, you can download the WAMC App on your mobile device and can hear the HD2 stream on it. Just go to your iTunes or Google Play stores to get the free app.

Until February, my friends,