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The Sunday Opera: Rossini's "Tancredi" from Opera Southwest

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The Sunday Opera travels to Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest this week (11/19  3:00 p.m.) for Giocchino Rossini’s “Tancredi.”  The libretto by Gaetano Rossi (who would write the libretto for Rossini’s “Semiramide” ten years later) features both a happy and tragic ending for this story that includes a love story that is affected by false assumptions and disguise.  Heather Johnson stars in the title role, and the rest of the cast includes Lindsay Ohse, Heath Huberg, Matthew Curran, Madelyn Wanner, and Chelsea Duval-Major in a production conducted by Anthony Barrese.

We’ll be celebrating another Birthday after the opera when host Michael Kownacky brings you music of Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov on his 158th birthday including both suites of his Caucasian Sketches and the rarely heard “Mtsiri,” based on a poem by Mikhail Lermontov and featuring soprano Hasmik Hatsagorstian with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.