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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 Fall 2015:
Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob ChapmanBecome a Sustaining Member, support Great Opera!
- September 3 —
Auber’s La Muette de Portici
Alphonse (Aler), engaged to Elvire (Anderson), seduces and abandons the mute Fenella, whose brother Masaniello (Kraus) uses his Neapolitan people’s dissatisfaction with their Spanish rulers to encourage revolution.
- September 10 —
Golijov’s Ainadamar; Guerrero’s Los Gavilanes
Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s 2003 opera about playwright Federico Garcia Lorca is heard along with a zarzuela by Jacinto Guerrero.
- September 17 —
Halévy’s La Juive
Rachel (Isokoski), daughter of the Jewish goldsmith Eléazar (Shicoff), discovers her lover “Samuel” is actually Prince Léopold (Todorovic), who’s married to Princess Eudoxie (Schörg).
- September 24 —
Lady Harriet (Rothenberger) and her maid Nancy (Fassbaender), disguised as peasants, become servants of farmers Plunkett (Prey) and Lyonel (Gedda). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- October 1 —
Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba
Although engaged to Sulamith (Kincses), Solomon’s (Sólyom-Nagy) favorite Assad (Jerusalem) has fallen in love with the Queen of Sheba (Takács).
- October 8 —
Attila the Hun (Ramey) celebrates yet another victory and falls in love with female warrior Odabella (Studer), who stabs him to death with the sword he gave her.
- October 15 —
Britten’s Peter Grimes
In a Suffolk fishing village, Grimes (Vickers) has lost an apprentice at sea under suspicious circumstances and is warned not to take on another. Schoolmistress Ellen Orford (Harper) stands by him, despite general disapproval.
- October 22 —
Mireille (Freni) loves Vincent (Vanzo), but her father, Ramon (Bacquier), wants her to marry Ourrias (Van Dam). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- October 29 —
Fall Membership Drive
Bob Chapman, Rob Kennedy, and guest co-hosts play recent recordings as you pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House.
- November 5 —
Erkel’s Hunyadi László
King László V (Molnár) befriends László Hunyadi (Gulyás), son of a popular Hungarian military hero, but soon plots to have him murdered. The king then falls in love with Hunyadi’s fiancée, Mária (Kalmár).
- November 12 —
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Flute-playing Tamino (Jerusalem) falls in love with Pamina (Popp), daughter of the Queen of the Night (Gruberova). She has been kidnapped by Sarastro (Bracht). Bird catcher Papageno (Brendel) wants only food, drink, and Papagena (Lindner).
- November 19 —
Naďve soldier Don José (Shicoff) falls for freespirited Carmen (Norman), helps her escape from jail, goes AWOL, and joins her in a smuggling gang, only to lose the Gypsy seductress to the dashing bullfighter Escamillo (Estes). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- November 26 —
Donizetti’s Rosmonda d’Inghilterra
Enrico II (Greager) returns from war to his mistress Rosmonda (Kenny), who doesn’t know his true identity. When she learns she’s been sleeping with the King of England, she’s horrified, but Enrico promises to make her his queen.
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