RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace soprano
Noah Stewart tenor
Nil Venditti conductor
Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm
Maria Callas captured the imagination like few other artists – for many she is the ultimate opera singer. Dubbed ‘La Divina’, hailed by Bernstein as ‘the Bible of opera’, she was revered as much for the expressive power and emotional truthfulness of her performances as for her voice itself.
In the centenary year of her birth, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra pays tribute with stunning soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and a glorious selection of arias including Casta Diva, O mio babbino Caro, Ebben? … Ne andrò lontana (immortalised in Jean-Jaques Beineix’ 1981 film Diva), the Habanera from Carmen and of course Vissi d’arte.
Wonderful American tenor Noah Stewart joins her for duets including the Brindisi from La traviata and the Act III finale of Tosca. Noah also takes centre stage for Nessun Dorma and the RTE CO plays orchestral favourites from the world of opera including the Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana.
All this under vibrant Italo-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti, making her RTE Concert Orchestra debut.
A real treat for opera lovers, presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm.