March 2-8: Including the return of Composer of the Week

by Fiona Rae / 21 February, 2013
RNZ Concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth.


Opera on Sunday

A Flat City: The Music Engineers (RNZ National, 4.10pm). The two-part series about Christchurch’s post-earthquake music scene concludes with the people who put the music together, the engineers. Featured are Ben Edwards from the Sitting Room, Rob Mayes from Failsafe Records, Arnie Van Bussel of Nightshift Studios and live engineer and tutor Marcus Winstanley.


Composer of the Week (RNZ Concert, 9.00am). Composer of the Week returns! Clarissa Dunn has a two-week celebration of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth (see below), including a local production of Nabucco, featuring Boris Statsenko, Paoletta Marrocu and Helen Medlyn, accompanied by the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus and the Auckland Philharmonia.

Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). According to the New York Times, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory was a triumph for South African soprano Pretty Yende, who had been called in just one month before when Nino Machaidze bowed out because of illness.


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). A concert recorded in the New Zealand School of Music’s Adam Concert Room of visiting fortepianist Bart van Oort. The concert includes Mozart’s four-hand Sonata in B flat, for which Oort is joined by Erin Helyard from the NZSM.


Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). Thomas Hampson’s exploration of American song turns towards poet Emily Dickinson, whose work went largely unnoticed during her lifetime. It was only after her death in 1886 that her sister discovered her poems, and it wasn’t until 1955 that a complete and unaltered collection was published.
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