“Resurrection” Will Air May 6

Joyce DiDonato and Scott Hendricks in “Resurrection”

Listen up! The Classical Discoveries radio program on WPRB 103.3FM (Princeton, NJ) is airing Tod Machover’s opera “Resurrection” in full this Sunday, May 6, from 6:00-10:00AM (the music begins at 7:00AM). The broadcast will be available for download as an MP3 for two weeks. Host and producer Marvin Rosen “celebrates new music and living composers” on his show, which has been on the air since May 1997.

Resurrection, based on Leo Tolstoy’s final novel, was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, where it had its world premiere in 1999. The central role of Katerina Maslova went to the fresh-faced mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, who has since soared to the top ranks of international opera. In this live performance recording, DiDonato is featured alongside baritone Scott Hendricks (Prince Nekhlyudov), tenor Raymond Very (Peter Simonson) and the superb Houston Grand Opera orchestra and chorus under the baton of Patrick Summers. The recording was edited and re-mixed by Machover.

From a review by Opera News Online:

“…sonics, instrumental clarity and theatrical impact are all at a very high level. Machover excels at using his electro-acoustic orchestral texture to depict internal and external states of disintegration, of which there are many in the story…Most importantly, the characters spring credibly to life as fully-fleshed humans whose complex evolutions we witness…Machover emerges as a composer with a mode of musical story-telling that is powerfully immediate, a worthy goal for any contemporary opera.

Excerpt from the Overture to “Resurrection”

“Too Late” at the end of Act 1, sung by Joyce DiDonato

The two-CD set of “Resurrection” is available from Albany Records.

The Sound Bath’s radio interview with Tod Machover

The British radio program “The Sound Bath” (on MyWordRadio), dedicated to the exploration and appreciation of the human voice, interviewed composer Tod Machover about his newest opera Death and the Powers. Interviewer Angelina Kalahari, a classical opera singer herself, leads a fascinating and original conversation about how the composer approaches writing for the human voice in his operas. Very illuminating!

BBC’s Music Matters in Boston – April 23, 2011

Composer and M.I.T. professor Tod Machover takes listeners on a guided tour of music at the M.I.T. Media Lab on BBC Radio 3’s flagship classical music program, “Music Matters”. The program airs tomorrow (Saturday, April 23) and spotlights Boston. In addition to music at M.I.T. the program will feature two-time Grammy Award winning clarinettist Richard Stolzman, Boston’s acclaimed early music ensembles (Boston Camerata and Handel and Haydn Society) and El Sistema USA, modelled on Venezuela’s now legendary music education system.

Listen live on MUSIC MATTERS Saturday 23rd  April 2011, 12.15pm BBC Radio 3

Download the complete program on this week’s Music Matters podcast.