- 12/10 La Scala Confirms Chailly Will Be Principal Conductor and Music Director
- 12/04 British Composer Award winners are revealed
- 11/19 da Vinci's extremely rare Viola Organista
- 11/12 British composer John Tavener dies aged 69
- 11/11 Kermit Moore, cellist, conductor and composer, is dead at 84
- 11/08 Triangle Youth Philharmonic to Premiere Work by Terry Mizesko
- 11/04 Malone: "This is my Hitchcock moment"
- 10/28 Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace
- 10/22 Verdi and the Birth of Modern Italy
- 10/14 Royal Opera House expands Cinema Season
- 10/04 The Return of ‘The Nose’
- 09/24 A Fight for Love, in the Met and Out
- 09/18 NC Symphony Music Director Set to Lead Orchestra Through 2018 Season
- 09/13 Why music is good for the heart
- 09/12 Opinion: Star Tribune shouldn't echo
- 09/09 NYC Opera needs to raise $7M
- 09/03 10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice
- 08/26 Britten's 'Paul Bunyan'
- 08/20 In music, the eyes matter
- 08/13 Sir Kenneth Branagh named campaign patron for Hallé St Peter's
- 08/09 Cloaking an Opera in a New Identity
- 07/29 Why young people still care about classical music
- 07/18 Your First Classical Music Crush
- 07/16 Why should we play the music of our time?
- 07/13 Youth Orchestra That's A National First
- 07/09 Jonathan Biss presents free online course on Beethoven
- 06/27 RSNO appoints new assistant conductor
- 06/19 Richard Marlow has died
- 06/17 La Scala presents Wagner's Ring
- 06/14 Pianist Davide Martello Calms Istanbul
- 06/12 Farewell to Mario Bernardi
- 06/10 Concerto Caledonia
- 06/09 Ukraine pianist wins Cliburn piano competition
- 06/09 Stuck on China tarmac
- 06/06 Austrian Piano Virtuoso Buchbinder
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 2013:
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- December 5 — Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
Uberto (Blake) seeks shelter in the house of Douglas, whose daughter Elena (Anderson) was forced to marry Rodrigo (Merritt), who’s later killed, thus freeing her to marry Malcolm (Dupuy).
- December 12 — Beethoven’s Leonore
In the original 1805 version of Beethoven’s only opera, Leonore (Baumann) disguises herself as a young man to rescue her husband Florestan (Patzak), who’s been imprisoned for political reasons by Don Pizarro (Misske).
- December 19 — Puccini’s Tosca
Tosca (Tebaldi) sells herself to Scarpia (London) in order to save her painter boyfriend Cavaradossi (Del Monaco)—only to be doublecrossed by the sleazy Roman police chief. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- December 24 — Christmas Eve at the Opera House
Past and present opera stars sing Christmas favorites. Includes Alagna, Carreras, Domingo, Graves, Hampson, Horne, Lanza, Martinelli, Norman, Pavarotti, Ponselle, Sutherland, Te Kanawa, Terfel, and Tibbett.
- December 26 — Verdi’s Aida
Enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida (Chiara) competes with Egyptian princess Amneris (Dimitrova) for the love of conquering warrior Radamès (Pavarotti).
- January 2 — 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.
- January 9 — Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Poet Hoffmann (Gedda) is inspired by three muses (D’Angelo, Schwarzkopf, De Los Angeles), but several villains (Ghiuselev, London, Blanc) conspire against him.
- January 16 — Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia
A femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, Lucrezia (Caballé) reveals poignant vulnerability when face to face with her long-lost son Gennaro (Kraus). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- January 23 — 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.
- January 30 — Mozart’s La Finta Semplice
Cassandro (Holl) says he hates all women, but then falls head over heels in love with Rosina (Donath), while Fracasso (Moser) and Giacinta (Berganza) hope Rosina can help them solve their romantic conundrum in this delightful opera buffa composed by a 12-year-old.
- February 6 — Orff’s Die Kluge & Der Mond
A pair of fairy tales from the Grimm brothers. In Die Kluge, greed is conquered by love and intelligence, while in Der Mond, certain characters steal the moon for their country, which doesn’t have one.
- February 13 — Massenet’s Chérubin
Continuing Beaumarchais’ Figaro trilogy, Chérubin (Von Stade) celebrates his seventeenth birthday and first military commission by lusting after each of the female characters and inspiring general confusion.
- February 20 — Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Captain Corcoran’s (Skitch) daughter Josephine (Hindmarsh) is in love with lower-class sailor Ralph Rackstraw (Round), but papa wants her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty (Reed), whose unexpected advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order and elope. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- February 27 — Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Jack-of-all-trades Figaro (Merrill) skillfully helps Count Almaviva (Valletti) win the hand of old Dr. Bartolo’s (Corena) beautiful young ward Rosina (Peters).
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