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Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: Tannhäuser (updated)

A quick look at Wagner’s early masterpiece, this Saturday’s Met Opera broadcast.



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In this OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra give their laugh-filled take on Richard Wagner's tale of a man torn between sacred and profane love.

Set in 13th-century Germany, Tannhäuser teaches us that, if you're going to sleep around, you probably shouldn't admit it to your friends in front of your girlfriend!

Tune in to Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 Saturday, January 23, at noon for the Metropolitan Opera performance of Tannhäuser featuring Johan Botha in the title role.

[Musical excerpts from the RCA Victor release Wagner Orchestral Highlights featuring Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra (60493-2-RV)]

Tannhäuser (Wagner), Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla 1997.
Tannhäuser (Wagner), Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla 1997.