Together in Song

A production of  
  

The Chorus in the Opera House

You’ll find all kinds of characters in the opera house…the Prima Donna diva, the heroic tenor, the menacing bad-guy bass. But what about the peasants, prisoners, orphans, soldiers and slaves? That’s where you’ll find the chorus members. And those poorly lit, scruffily-costumed, and usually unnamed characters create some of the most magical music that’s ever graced the stage.

This time, it’s the Chorus…at the Opera House, featuring some great choral moments from Monteverdi all the way to the “Moonrise Kingdom” music of Benjamin Britten.

(Photo: Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus)

On the Program

Claudio Monteverdi
   L'Orfeo: Choruses from Act I: "Lasciate i Monti," "Vienni Imeno & "Ecco Orfeo"
Le Concert d'Astree; European Voices, Emmanuelle Haim

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   "Basse Selem Lebe Lang" (Janissary Chorus) from The Abductoin from the Seraglio
Vienne State Opera Choir; Vienna Philharmonic, Josef Krips

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   "Bella vita militar" from Cosi Fan Tutte
London Voices; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, George Solti

Charles Gounod
   "Gloire immortelle de nos aieux" (Soldier's Chorus) from Faust
Choir and Orchestra of the National Capitol of Toulouse, Michel Plasson

Georges Bizet
   "Avec la garde montant" from Carmen
Petit Chanteurs de Versailles, French National Radio & TV Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Ludwig van Beethoven
   "O welche Lust" (Prisoner's Chorus) from Fidelio
Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Giuseppe Verdi
   "Va Pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

Carl Maria von Weber
   "Was gleicht wahl auf Erden" (Huntsmen's Chorus) from Der Freischuetz
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Bernard Haitink

Alfred Lortzing
   "Seht dort den muntern Jaeger" from Der Wildschuetz
Bavarian State Oper and Chorus, Robert Heger

Richard Wagner
   "Steuermann, lass die Wacht" (Sailors' Chorus) from The Flying Dutchman
Vienna State Opera Choir; Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Richard Wagner
   "Summ' und brumm'" (Spinning Chorus) from The Flying Dutchman
Vienna State Opera Choir; Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Richard Wagner
   "Treulich gefuerht" (Bridal Chorus) from Lohengrin
Deutsch Oper Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Benjamin Britten
   "The Spacious Firmament on High" from Noye's Fludde
Schools from Salisbury and Chester, Coull String Quartet, Endymion Ensemble, Richard Hickox

Giacomo Puccini
   Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly
Choir and Orchestra of the Rome Opera, John Barbirolli


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ABOUT TOGETHER IN SONG

Together in Song is a celebration of the art - and community - of choruses, featuring performances drawn from choirs around the world and from right here in New England.

Join host Anthony Trecek-King on Classical New England each Sunday at 6pm, and listen on-demand below.





There’s a reason choral music has been called "The First Art." The simple act of joining voices together - be it in devotion, in sorrow, or in celebration - is one of the oldest impulses of the human community. It has given rise to some of the greatest works of Western art over the centuries, and programs like Glee on television and the phenomenal popularity of college a cappella groups reflect the irresistible vitality of choral music.

Together in Song is a celebration of both choral music and of the myriad ensembles and personalities who present it, woven together by host Anthony Trecek-King, artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus.

Tune in each Sunday at 6pm and listen on-demand to choral art through legendary and recent recordings, as well as performances from our own New England back yard.

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