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Best Operas Ever

 

Best Operas Ever

What's your all-time favourite opera recording? Ben Heppner put that question to a dozen of the biggest Canadian and international operas stars. You can hear their conversations on Best Operas Ever!

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Episode 12: Daniel Okulitch

There's no role for baritone Daniel Okulitch in Puccini's all-female opera Suor Angelica. But it's still his favourite, because he cries every time. He walked Ben through Angelica, plus the other two mini opera's in Puccini's triptych, Il Trittico.

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Episode 11: Anne Manson

Conductor Anne Manson studied with the best: the late maestro Claudio Abbado. She talked to Ben about a recording that he made while she was his assistant: why it's great, and what it was like to be there in the room while history was made.

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Episode 10: Johannes Debus

The Canadian Opera Company's music director Johannes Debus is known for his interpretations of the great Classical and Romantic operas. But when pressed about his favourite recording, he went earlier. A lot earlier. Back to one of the very first operas.

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Episode 9: Timothy Vernon

Tim Vernon fell in love with the music of Leoš Janáček on his student sojourn to Vienna. Upon returning to Canada, he was distressed to find that this composer's operas were so infrequently performed. But he can always take solace in a classic recording.

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