19 Mar 2018

Upbeat for Monday 19 March

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 19 March 2018


Puppies and classical music... a winning combo.

1pm Brilliant Bernstein’s Candide

New Zealand Opera’s production of Bernstein’s Candide opens this week at the Auckland Arts Festival. Leading man James Benjamin Rodgers and conductor Wyn Davies joined David Morriss to talk about Bernstein, how to unveil the heart of a character in an opera production and why Candide has become one of Bernstein’s most enduring works.

NZ Opera's Candide

NZ Opera's Candide Photo: Supplied

1.30pm Reviews NZ Festival

Peter Mechen has been busy catching some of the final New Zealand Festival performances. He gives us his views on mezzo soprano Anne-Sophie von Otter singing Schubert with the NZSO and the piano duo Anderson & Roe. Someone needs a cup of tea and a lie down after that!

Anderson & Roe piano duo

Anderson & Roe piano duo Photo: Facebook - Anderson and Roe


We start the week with one of the great symphonies: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony in a performance from top Canadian early music ensemble Tafelmusik Orchestra.