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Alek Shrader sings Tamino

Alek Shrader sings Tamino

Saturday at 12:00 PM

The roster for Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera Broadcast will read like a Chicago music-lovers reunion. Music of the Baroque’s Jane Glover will be on the podium to conduct Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Sarastro will be sung by Lyric Opera veteran Eric Owens (he’ll be back in Chicago for Rusalka next month); Alek Shrader and Albina Shagimuratova will be singing; Nathan Gunn, also scheduled to be on Lyric’s stage next month (as Figaro in The Barber of Seville) is Papageno.

Bass-baritone Eric Owens

Bass-baritone Eric Owens

 

 

It was a couple summers ago when Nathan Gunn sang Papageno in the Ravinia production of The Magic Flute with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Gunn gives his hapless bird-catcher a studly, roguish quality which could threaten to ‘out-handsome’ handsome Prince Tamino, if it weren’t being sung by Alek Shrader. When he sang the role in Lyric’s 2012 production of Magic Flute, the Tribune’s John von Rhein commented, “Shrader’s movie-star handsomeness and natural ease as an actor served him well”—guess where Shrader will be singing next month (he is Almaviva in Lyric’s Barber).

As for Mozart’s Queen of the Night, the young coloratura Albina Shagimuratova, who had 14,000 fans screaming for her at Millennium Park last fall at the Stars of Lyric Opera concert, will be handling those highest notes in the vocal repertoire. Since her Lyric debut as Gilda last year she has been a darling to Chicago opera lovers.

Nathan Gunn as Papageno

Nathan Gunn as Papageno

British conductor Jane Glover will be leading the Met performance from the orchestra pit. She heads Chicago’s early music ensemble Music of the Baroque, and has come to be a good friend and collaborator to WFMT. A number of their concerts are broadcast. A year ago she was a WFMT guest host, chatting with Peter van de Graaff.

One thing is clear about Maestra Glover, she knows her way around Mozart [listen]:

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Later this month Jane Glover will conduct Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Music of the Baroque.

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