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- 05/17 Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason is just what classical music needs
- 05/09 Facing the music: Paul Lewis
- 05/03 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middle Temple Hall
- 04/29 ENO appoints new artistic director
- 04/26 Esa-Pekka Salonen Brings His Cool to New York’s Music Scene
- 04/17 Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer – review
- 04/10 CSO’s Young Artist Competition highlights classical music talent
- 04/02 Classical music’s forgotten women
- ♬ Special Note: Studying a Virtuoso Violinist's Brain with MRI
- 03/14 Composer Peter Maxwell Davies dies aged 81
- 03/06 Nikolaus Harnoncourt obituary
- ♬ Special Note: How Chapel Hill Violinist Jennifer Curtis Became a New Master of Romanian Composer George Enescu's Music
- 02/22 " My horn died recently. The metal wore too thin and it lost its resonance. I feel like a widow."
- 02/16 Celebrating the Life of Cleveland Orchestra conductor Louis Lane (1923-2016)
- ♬ Special Note: Playing it forward: Norman Johns
- 02/10 North Carolina teacher wins Grammy Music Educator Award
- 02/04 Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla to be new Music Director for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- 02/03 HIP Festival Aims to Rediscover Forgotten Symphonies
- 02/02 Renée Fleming: 'Live cinema is a threat to opera'
- 01/29 Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A.'s Super Bowl halftime show
- 01/27 New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro
- 01/25 Nigel Kennedy, The New Four Seasons tour
- 01/21 Live: Suspense and tragedy with the North Carolina Symphony
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- 01/12 Pierre Boulez: 'He was one of the naughtiest of great artists'
WCPE Features: Opera
WCPE offers 2 wonderful opportunities each week to hear the best in opera... Thursday nights at 7pm, and Saturday afternoons at 1:30 (when the Met is in season.) The WCPE Opera House has been a regular Thursday night feature at WCPE since April of 1980. On Saturday afternoons during the Met season, tune in for live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.
On December 4th, 2008, Bob Chapman became only the third host in the history of the WCPE Opera House, succeeding Robert Galbraith. Bob is an experienced opera singer himself, and continues to use his wealth of experience and talents to bring the very best works of opera to our listeners with his show.
Here is Bob's interview with Anthony Roth Costanzo
as well as performance of "Stille amare" ( MP3 format )
Click here to listen to Bob's Interview with Teresa Stratas
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WCPE Opera House Schedule for Spring 2015:
Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob ChapmanBecome a Sustaining Member, support Great Opera!
- March 3 —
Rossini’s L’Assedio di Corinto
Pamira (Sills) falls in love with “Almansor,” who turns out to be the Muslim conqueror Maometto (Diaz) during the 1826 Turkish siege of Corinth.
- March 10 —
Honegger’s Christopher Columbus & Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher
In this 1940 radio play, the Magician (Rawson) narrates fearsome visions of 15th century Europe at the time of Columbus’s voyage to the New World. Joan of Arc at the Stake takes place during the heroine’s last minutes on the stake, with flashbacks to her younger days and her trial.
- March 17 —
Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Belmonte (Winbergh) rescues Konstanze (Gruberova), Blonde (Battle), and Pedrillo (Zednik) from a Turkish harem despite Osmin’s (Talvela) roadblocks. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- March 24 —
Rossini’s Messa di Gloria & Stabat Mater; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
Celebrate Christianity’s holiest week with operas disguised as liturgical works by Italy’s greatest 19th century masters of the genre. Soloists include Jo, Murray, Araiza, Giménez, & Ramey; Malfitano, Baltsa, Gambill, & Howell; Dunn, Curry, Hadley, & Plishka.
- March 31 —
Haydn’s L’Infedelta Delusa
Filippo (Baldin) wants daughter Sandrina (Hendricks) to marry the rich Nencio (Ahnsjö), but she loves the peasant Nanni (Devlin), whose sister Vespina (Mathis) is in love with Nencio.
- April 7 —
Spring Membership Drive
- April 14 —
Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata
The murderous and duplicitous Almuzir (Ford) wishes to marry Zoraida (Cullagh), the daughter of the late king, who in turn loves Abenamet (Kelly), the victorious General of the Moors.
- April 21 —
Saint-Saëns’s Samson e Dalila
Samson (Vickers) leads a successful Hebrew revolt against the Philistines. Prompted by the High Priest of Dagon (Blanc), Dalila (Gorr) robs Samson of his power by cutting off his hair. But Samson’s hair grows back…with disastrous results. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- April 28 —
Seduced by Venus (Meier), the knight Tannhäuser (König) takes part in a minstrel contest for the hand of the Landgrave’s (Moll) daughter Elisabeth (Popp).
- May 5 —
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
North Carolina Opera’s performance of this Russian classic, recorded January 24, 2016, at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, features Kang, El-Khoury, Barry, Šve¯de, and Kellogg.
- May 12 —
The Devil (Courtis) tries to persuade Grisélidis (Command), wife of the Marquis (Henry), to fall in love with Alain (Viala).
- May 19 —
Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda
Having gained his dukedom by marrying Beatrice (Sutherland), Filippo Visconti (Pavarotti) tires of his wife and falls in love with Agnese del Maino (Veasey). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- May 26 —
In the absence of husband Claudio (Miles), Agrippina (Jones) schemes to ensure the succession of her son Nerone (Ragin) rather than the emperor’s choice, Ottone (Chance), whose fiancée Poppea (Brown) tries to thwart the empress.
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