- 08/07 Forebears: Maria Callas, The Divine Voice Of Classical Music
- 07/20 Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” at Burning Man
- 07/12 Rising-star cellist Bryan Cheng receives Michael Measures Prize
- 07/04 Putting ‘Don Giovanni’ on a Truck, and Returning Opera to Its Roots
- 06/27 A Life of Toscanini, Maestro With Passion and Principles
- 06/19 Thomas Allen: ‘I fly the flag for opera as a great art form'
- 06/12 Yekwon Sunwoo wins the Cliburn Piano Competition
- 06/01 Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Conductor, Dies at 71
- 05/26 A Fast-Rising Czech Conductor Leads the Philharmonic
- 05/19 Royal Albert Hall invites the public to share memories
- 05/12 A Valiant Return to the Met Opera: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments
- 04/27 Composer Max Richter’s top five lesser-known classical music picks
- 04/21 Bill Murray to release classical music album
- 04/12 Where Pianists Look When They Play
Hint: Not at their hands.
- 04/07 A Passion for Bach: why the St John belongs on the live stage at Easter
- 03/29 Early Music Vancouver's back to Bach headlines classical music blitz
- 03/17 where have classical music’s uppercase letters gone?
- 03/15 A New York Philharmonic Coup: Deborah Borda Is Named the New Leader
- 03/14 Stradivarius heard for first time since 1980 theft
- 03/08 Fanny Mendelssohn's getting her due
- 03/02 Orchestral librarians: In The Line Of Fire
- 02/18 Is Rossini’s Cinderella overrated?
- 02/10 Leontyne Price: The Voice We Still Love To Talk About
- 02/08 Remembering Nicolai Gedda, 91, Versatile Tenor Whose Career Spanned Fifty Years
- 02/02 An introduction to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
- 01/26 Malala Yousafzai’s UN speech set to music
- 01/22 John Rutter: 'Money's like petrol. You only notice when the tank is empty'
- 01/19 Roberta Peters, Soprano With a Dramatic Entrance, Dies at 86
- 01/15 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Petrenko
- 01/12 10 impossible classical masterpieces
- 01/05 Georges Prêtre: Conductor who forged a special partnership with Maria Callas in his 70-year career
- 01/03 Karel Husa, a renown Czech-born composer, spent his last years in Apex
- 12/26 Pianist Martha Argerich on remarkable career
- 12/25 Singers in Russian Military Choir Among 92 Feared Dead After Plane Crashes Into Black Sea
- 12/20 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gatti, Barbican
- 12/07 The Best Classical Music of 2016
- 12/05 BBC Radio 3 to record music by ‘lost’ female composers
- 11/29 Academic denies irresponsibility in Sotheby's Beethoven manuscript row
- 11/16 Music aficionados are reviewing this incorrect Beethoven t-shirt and it’s hilarious
- 11/06 Zoltán Kocsis, pianist and 'giant of music', dies aged 64
- 11/01 BBC Proms announces Dubai dates
- 10/16 10 Questions for Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
- 10/09 RIP Peter Allen, a Voice on the Radio for the Met Opera
- 10/03 Sir Neville Marriner on studying violin during the Blitz
- 09/28 Simon Keenlyside in ‘Don Giovanni’ [ Video ]
- 09/16 St Kilda lost songs album tops classical music chart
- 09/09 Antonio Pappano on Norma
- 08/29 Female Conductors: time to take the baton
- 08/20 Jules Buckley, the Conductor who is on a mission to rid the Proms of its image
- 08/14 David Lang's 'the public domain' Beats the Heat
- 08/03 Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques CD review – profound and with a huge physical presence
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 Summer 2017:
Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob ChapmanBecome a Sustaining Member, support Great Opera!
- June 1, 2017 Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin —
Sophisticated city slicker Onegin (Mazurok) rebuffs country girl Tatyana (Milashkina); jealous Lensky (Atlantov) is killed in a duel with Onegin, who has flirted with his fiancée Olga (Sinyavskaya).
- June 8, 2017 Rossini’s Otello —
Otello (Carreras) is in love with Desdemona (Von Stade), who has been promised by father Elmiro (Ramey) to Roderigo (Fisichella). Iago (Pastine) tells Otello the Desdemona has been unfaithful to him; he kills her before taking his own life.
- June 15, 2017 Suppé’s Boccaccio —
Libertine Florentine poet Boccaccio (Prey) wins the hand of Fiametta (Rothenberger) after finding favor with her father, the duke (Böhme).
- June 22, 2017 Handel’s Semele —
Semele (Battle), daughter of Theban King Cadmus, is engaged to a mortal prince but allows herself to be spirited away by the god Jupiter (Aler). In return for granting her sole wish, Semele agrees to sleep with him. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- June 29, 2017 Janáèek’s Jenùfa —
The pregnant Jenùfa (Söderström) fears that her child’s father Števa (Dvorský) won’t marry her; his stepbrother Laca (Ochman) is also in love with Jenùfa, which makes for interesting intra-family dynamics.
- July 6, 2017 Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe —
A beautiful young woman (Sills) and a married silver baron (Cassel) cause a scandal in this true tale from 19th-century Colorado.
- July 13, 2017 Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites —
An emotionally unstable Blanche de la Force (Dubosc) enters a Carmelite convent seeking peace. Against the background of the French Revolution, she and other nuns willingly go to the guillotine.
- July 20, 2017 Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi —
Juliet Capulet (Gruberova) falls in love with Romeo Montagu (Baltsa); they are secretly married—with tragic consequences. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- July 27, 2017 Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette —
Frère Laurent (Van Dam) secretly marries Roméo (Alagna) and Juliette (Gheorghiu), despite their families’ opposition—with deadly results.
- August 3, 2017 Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor —
Lucia (Sills) is in love with Edgardo (Bergonzi), but her brother Enrico (Cappuccilli) wants her to marry Arturo (Dallapozza) instead; she goes mad.
- August 10, 2017 Van de Vate’s Hamlet —
The American-born Austrian composer takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece about indecision, patricide, and revenge in Denmark.
- August 17, 2017 Rossini’s Semiramide —
Assur (Rouleau), who helps Semiramide (Sutherland) murder her husband, wants to marry the queen, but she’s attracted to Arsace (Horne)—who turns out to be her own son. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- August 24, 2017 Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict —
Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Béatrice (Baker) is initially scornful of Bénédict (Tear) but gradually realizes she loves him.
August 31, 2017 Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) —
We’ll hear the original 1928 Berlin version based on Bertolt Brecht’s play, plus Marc Blitzstein’s 1954 New York adaptation.
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