The week beginning 26 November 2012
William Dart admits that he’s been collecting Saint-Saens tidbits for years. In this two part Composer of the Week: exemplary performances, characterful anecdotes and bizarre interpretations appear cheek by jowl, painting a picture of this most Francis of Assisi of composers.
Wednesday: Olivier Latry
The great French organist talks with Kerry Stevens (RNZ)
Thursday: How will opera survive?
John Drummond presents four programmes considering The Future of Opera in the contemporary world of mass popular culture, digital technology and global financial crisis. He draws on results from a current research project called Sustainable Futures for Musical Cultures based at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music
(4) Panel discussion, chaired by John Drummond, on prospects for opera as viewed in and from New Zealand - with Aidan Lang, Margaret Medlyn and Garth Wilshere (RNZ)
Friday: The Critic's Chair
Robert Johnson reviews of recent releases (RNZ)