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Joyce DiDonato, Susanna Phillips at Intermission

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

La bohème, Saturday at noon

Updated April 7, 2014

This week’s Metropolitan Opera Broadcast brings on Joyce DiDonata as, what else? —A radio host.

Just last month, DiDonato was on-stage at Chicago’s Civic Opera House singing a trouser role, giving her “considerable all,” as John von Rhein put it. The coloratura (a singer who is good at negotiating a lot of notes—and doing so musically) sang the role of the heartsick patrician, Sesto, in Lyric’s La clemenza di Tito. In those performances, Ms. DiDonato left no question as to why she is one of the most sought-after singers of our time. Nevertheless, on Saturday she gets to talk opera, rather than sing it; her guests will be Vittorio Grigolo, Kristine Opolais*, and Susanna Phillips.

Saturday’s Met Broadcast of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème features Vittorio Grigolo and Kristine Opolais* as Rodolfo and Mimì.


Kristine Opolais

Susanna Phillips will sing Musetta. Phillips is an alumnus of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center. She often returns for performances at Lyric and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Last fall, Phillips returned to Chicago to do a benefit recital for the Bach Week Festival which gets underway later this month.

*Anita Hartig was scheduled to perform, but was unable on Saturday due to illness. Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, who had opened with the lead in Madama Butterfly at the Met the day before, stepped in with 5 hours notice and sang the role of Mimì.

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