Inside Opera with Robert Holliston is moving online. Pacific Opera’s Artistic Director Timothy Vernon joins Robert Holliston, the regular host of Inside Opera and of Pacific Opera’s pre-show Lobby Talks, for a series of chats about everything opera-related. Recommended for newcomers and opera aficionados alike, Inside Opera Online is insightful, friendly, and funny. It’s also available on demand whenever you feel like listening.
Episode #1: Five Operas for a Desert Island
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 10 am | On Demand
Timothy Vernon and Robert Holliston make some life-altering decisions. If they were stranded on a desert island (or self isolating at home) with just five opera recordings, which would they choose? And does Wagner’s Ring Cycle count as one opera recording? or four?
Get a head start on exploring some of the operas Robert and Timothy recommend with these excerpts from other companies’ productions.
The trio “Soave sia il vento” from Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Nicolas Rivenq as Don Alfonso, Miah Persson as Fiordiligi and Anke Vondung as Dorabella. Glyndebourne Festival, 2006.
“O soave fanciulla” from Puccini’s La bohème with Nicole Car as Mimi and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. The Royal Opera Covent Garden, 2017.
“I know a bank” from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with countertenor Christopher Lowrey as Oberon. Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2015.
“Ein Schönes war” from Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Jessye Norman as Ariadne. Metropolitan Opera, 1988.