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Opera Matinee: Weber's Oberon

Penny Gore presents a production of Weber's fantasy opera Oberon from Bavarian State Opera, starring Julian Pregardien and Alyona Abramowa.

This week's Opera Matinee features some of the best operatic music you've never heard. Productions of Weber's fantasy opera Oberon are like hen's teeth (or perhaps unicorns' horns) because the plot is even more crazy than most in opera, there's too much talking, and Weber died young before he could replace the spoken dialogue with music. But for this broadcast of a lively new production from Bavarian State Opera we've minimised the talking to leave you with the music Weber did compose. And it's absolutely brilliant.
(Special shout-out to Wagner fans: see if you can spot the bits RW cribbed. It's not a tough assignment: some of them are gobsmackingly obvious...)

Presented by Penny Gore

Weber: Oberon
Oberon ...... Julian Prégardien (tenor)
Titania, Puck ...... Alyona Abramowa (mezzo-soprano)
Hüon of Bordeaux ...... Brenden Gunnell (tenor)
Rezia ...... Annette Dasch (soprano)
Sherasmin, Hüon's squire ...... Johannes Kammler (baritone)
Fatime, Reiza's attendant ...... Rachael Wilson (mezzo-soprano)
Mermaid ...... Anna El-Khashem (mezzo-soprano)
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Ivor Bolton.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 3 May 2018 14:00

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Overture

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 1, Chorus. "Leicht, wie Feentritt nur geht"

    Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 1, Aria. "Schreckensschwur!"

    Singer: Julian Prégardien. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 1, Aria. "Warum musst du schlafen, o Held voll Mut?" & Ensemble. "Ehre und Heil dem, der treu ist und brav!"

    Singer: Annette Dasch. Singer: Julian Prégardien. Singer: Brenden Gunnell. Singer: Johannes Kammler. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 1, Aria. "Von Jugend auf"

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton. Singer: Brenden Gunnell.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 1, Finale. "Eil, edler Held!"

    Singer: Annette Dasch. Singer: Rachael Wilson. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Oberon: Act 2, Ariette. "Arabiens einsam' Kind"

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 2, Quartet. "Über die blauen Wogen"

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton. Singer: Brenden Gunnell. Singer: Rachael Wilson. Singer: Annette Dasch. Singer: Johannes Kammler.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 2, Solo, Chorus and Storm. "Geister der Luft und Erd' und See!"

    Singer: Alyona Abramowa. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 2, Prayer. "Vater! Hör mich flehn zu dir!"

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton. Singer: Brenden Gunnell.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 2, Scene and Aria. "Ozean, du Ungeheuer"

    Singer: Annette Dasch. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 2, Finale. "O wie wogt es sich schön auf der Flut"

    Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Singer: Anna El-Khashem. Singer: Alyona Abramowa. Singer: Julian Prégardien. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Aria. "Arme, arme Fatime"

    Singer: Rachael Wilson. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Duet. "An dem Strande der Garonne"

    Singer: Rachael Wilson. Singer: Johannes Kammler. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Terzettino. "So muß ich mich verstellen?"

    Singer: Rachael Wilson. Singer: Johannes Kammler. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton. Singer: Brenden Gunnell.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Cavatina. "Traure, mein Herz"

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton. Singer: Annette Dasch.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Rondo. "Ich juble in Gluck und Hoffnung neu"

    Singer: Brenden Gunnell. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Chorus and Solo. "Für dich hat Schönheit..."

    Singer: Brenden Gunnell. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon: Act 3, Finale. "Horch! Welch Wunderklingen!"

    Singer: Julian Prégardien. Singer: Brenden Gunnell. Singer: Rachael Wilson. Singer: Annette Dasch. Singer: Johannes Kammler. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
  • Richard Blackford

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Performer: Emily Pailthorpe. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Better Angels.
    • CHAMPS HILL RECORDS.
    • 10.

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