Opera On Sunday

Opera lays claim to Sunday evenings from 6 o’clock. The series includes our annual season from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York as well as new recordings from the world of opera.

6:00 PM Today

Euroradio Opera Season

A selection of live operatic performances recorded by some of the world's major public broadcasters

GOUNOD: Romeo & Juliet, an opera in five acts

Juliet................................. Sonya Yoncheva

Romeo.............................. Roberto Alagna

Friar Lawrence................. Roberto Tagliavini

Mercutio........................... Joan Martín-Royo

Stéphano........................... Marianne Crebassa

Count Capulet.................. Laurent Alvaro

Tybalt............................... Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

Gertrude........................... Diana Montague

The Duke.......................... Fernando Radó

Paris.................................. Damián del Castillo

Gregory............................ Toni Marsol

Benvolio........................... Antonio Lozano

Intermezzo Chorus, Madrid SO/Michel Plasson (recorded in the Teatro Real, Madrid by Spanish Radio)

French composer Charles Gounod is best known for his opera Faust. Another opera occasionally still performed, is Roméo et Juliette. The romantic and melodious tragedy Roméo et Juliette,  based on the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, premiered in 1867.

“Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, in which the composer is always pleasing, though seldom impressive, might be described as the powerful drama of Romeo and Juliet reduced to the proportions of an eclogue for Juliet and Romeo. One remembers the work as a series of very pretty duets, varied by a sparkling waltz air for Juliet, in which Madame Patti displays that tragic genius, which belongs to her equally, with the highest capacity for comedy. [Vaccai's] Romeo e Giulietta is an admirable opera for Giulietta; in which Romeo is not forgotten.” Sutherland Edwards, music critic of the St. James's Gazette in 1867.

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6:00 pm on Sunday (06 Sep 2015)

Euroradio Opera Season

A selection of live operatic performances recorded by some of the world's major public broadcasters

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Maid of Orleans, an opera in four acts and six scenes

King Charles VII.............. Oleg Dolgov

Archbishop....................... Stanislav Trofimov

Dunois.............................. Igor Golovatenko

Thibaut d'Arc................... Petr Migunov

Raymond.......................... Arseniy Yakolev

Bertrand........................... Otar Kunchulia

Soldier.............................. Vladimir Krasov

Joan of Arc....................... Anna Smirnova

Agnès Sorel...................... Irina Churilova

Angel................................ Anastasia Shchegoleva

Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orch/Tugan Sokhiev (recorded in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow by Russian Radio, Moscow)