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In Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, heard this week on the WCPE Opera House, a cruel Chinese princess promises to marry the first man to come along who can correctly answer her three riddles, but most contenders lose their heads trying. The composer’s final opera, left unfinished when he died in 1924, was completed by Franco Alfano and first performed on April 25, 1926, at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. At the premiere, “in the middle of act 3, two measures after the words ‘Liù, poesia!,’ the orchestra rested. [Conductor Arturo] Toscanini stopped and laid down his baton. He turned to the audience and announced: ‘Qui finisce l’opera, perché a questo punto il maestro è morto’ (‘Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died’). The curtain was lowered slowly.” In subsequent performances, however, Toscanini conducted Alfano’s less-than-satisfactory ending—and it is that version we’ll hear tonight.

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Music education plays an important role in building a young person's confidence and self esteem. This season, a grant to Community Music School of $2,000.00 will provide professionally taught weekly music lessons for $1 per lesson to children who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

WCPE Education Fund


WCPE Education Fund

When your contribution is at least $50.00, you may, in lieu of choosing a gift, designate that 10% of your donation go toward the WCPE Education Fund. Please check the appropriate box in the Secure Pledge Form!



The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2017-18 Season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem.

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Meet the Announcer
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"Quarter Notes"
WCPE's Member Magazine
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