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The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By FIONA RAE

SUN­DAY SEPTEM­BER 3

Opera on Sun­day (RNZ Con­cert, 6.00pm). John Sch­lesinger’s 1980 pro­duc­tion of Of­fen­bach’s The Tales of Hoff­man was re­tired af­ter this Royal Opera House pro­duc­tion late last year: the cos­tumes are op­u­lent and the set­ting is grand, but the story of the poet who re­counts his three great loves to a tav­ern full of stu­dents could bear an up­date. Ital­ian tenor Vit­to­rio Grigòlo is Hoff­man, and Amer­i­can bari­tone Thomas Hamp­son is his neme­sis in every tale.

MON­DAY SEPTEM­BER 4

The Read­ing: The Changeover, by Mar­garet Mahy (RNZ Na­tional, 10.45am). The movie star­ring Ti­mothy Spall, Lucy Law­less and Me­lanie Lynskey will be in cin­e­mas in a few weeks. In ad­vance, catch Mahy’s orig­i­nal story about a teenager who must take a dras­tic step to save her lit­tle brother from a sin­is­ter toy-shop owner. This 15-part adap­ta­tion is read by the movie’s co-di­rec­tor, Mi­randa Har­court.

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.00pm). Kiwi tenor

Si­mon O’Neill takes the lead role of Walde­mar to Dutch so­prano Eva

Maria West­broek’s Tove in tonight’s Prom per­for­mance of Schoen­berg’s Gur­re­lieder. The post-Wag­ne­r­ian can­tata, known as Schoen­berg’s Tris­tan and Isolde, fea­tures a mas­sive orches­tra, five solo singers, a speaker and mul­ti­ple cho­ruses. It tells the story of Dan­ish King Walde­mar and his mis­tress Tove – and Tove’s mur­der by the jeal­ous queen. Sir Si­mon Rat­tle con­ducts the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra and Cho­rus.

FRI­DAY SEPTEM­BER 8

Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 7.30pm). Michael Hill In­ter­na­tional Vi­olin Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Bella Hris­tova joins Michael Hous­toun for a three­night Beethoven­palooza. They are to per­form all 10 Beethoven sonatas for vi­olin and pi­ano over the next three days (pro­grammes two and three to­mor­row). To­day, live from the Auck­land Town Hall, they play sonatas No 3, 8 and 7. Hous­toun can also be heard in The Sun­day Fea­ture per­form­ing works by Chopin (2.00pm).

Mu­sic Alive,

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