5 Sep 2018

Upbeat for Wednesday 5 August

From Upbeat, 10:27 am on 5 September 2018



We discover how video games are drawing the next generation to classical music and we feature a performance by Nancy Zhou, winner of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

no caption

Photo: Pexels

1pm La Boheme – the greatest romantic opera of all

Marlena Devoe

Marlena Devoe Photo: Supplied

New Zealand Opera’s production of La Bohème opens next week in Auckland before traveling to Wellington. One of the most recognizable operas of all, Puccini’s masterpiece touches on themes of youth, love and heartbreak. Lead performers Marlena Devoe and Thomas Atkins join us in the studio.

Tenor Thomas Atkins

Tenor Thomas Atkins Photo: Supplied


We continue to celebrate winners from the Gramophone Awards. Today it’s the concerto category award winner violinist Christian Tetzlaff with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing Bartok’s first and second violin concertos.

Béla Bartók in 1927

Béla Bartók in 1927 Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons