- 07/25 Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra showed the many faces of Beethoven
- 07/20 Kentucky Opera director dies in car crash in Illinois
- ♬ Special Note: On the Organ Trail in Manhattan
- 07/12 R.I.P. Jon Vickers, Tenor
- 07/06 Self-taught Frenchman takes Russia by storm
- 06/29 Facing the music: Eric Whitacre
- 06/22 Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic
- 06/22 James Horner, Film Composer, Dies in Plane Crash
- 06/22 Recognition of Ernest Tomlinson, orchestral composer
- 06/21 R.I.P. Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer-winning jazz and classical musician
- 06/06 Are We All Mistuning Our Instruments, and Can We Blame the Nazis?
- ♬ Special Note: Carla Dirlikov becomes first opera singer to be named to The
President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities' Turnaround Arts
- 06/03 Remembering Margaret Juntwait
- ♬ Special Note: Kansas City Symphony players take Haydn, Mozart to prison
- 05/30 JoAnn Falletta to remain at BPO through 2021
- ♬ Special Note: Daniel Barenboim reveals radical new piano design
- 05/28 UB chamber music series combines classical music, architectural history
- 05/20 Minnesota Orchestra signs deals with Vänskä, musicians
- 05/16 Leif Ove Andsnes: my key to a modern Beethoven
- 05/11 Symphonic diplomacy is goal of Minnesota Orchestra's Cuba trip
- 05/08 How the CSO engineered its turnaround
- 05/05 The little orchestra that leads itself
- 05/04 Eric Jacobsen new music director of Orlando Philharmonic
- 05/04 ‘The Rake’s Progress’ Makes a Brief Visit at the Met
- 05/03 Paul Bryan inducted into the NC Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame
- 04/29 Iconic Portrait of Composer J.S. Bach Returns to Germany
- 04/28 Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig Dies Suddenly
- 04/27 A World of Spanish Songs
- 04/20 Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer
- 04/15 North Carolina native Caroline Shaw ignores the divides
- 04/14 ECU Chamber Singers win international choral competition
- 04/11 Listen to the Future
- 04/09 Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists
- 04/09 Music by living composers is faring well
- 04/02 Vienna Philharmonic will do 3-year residency in Naples
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 2015:
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- June 4 Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera —
Riccardo (Bergonzi) is in love with Amelia (Rysanek), wife of his best friend Renato (Merrill). Fortune teller Ulrica (Madeira) tells Riccardo he’ll be killed by the next man to shake his hand.
- June 11 Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten —
Part-human and part-fairy, the empress (Várady) is unable to bear children. If she’s barren, the emperor (Domingo) will be turned into stone. The dyer’s wife (Behrens) is willing to sell her shadow (fertility), but hubby Barak (Van Dam) nixes the plan.
- June 18 Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto —
Paolino (Davies) is secretly married to Carolina (Auger), younger daughter of Geronimo (Fischer- Dieskau). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- June 25 Giordano’s Andrea Chénier —
During the French Revolution, the poet Chénier (Corelli) rebukes Maddalena (Stella) for scorning love. Later, they fall in love, but her former boyfriend Gérard (Sereni) denounces Chénier.
- July 2 Kern’s Showboat —
Magnolia (Von Stade) marries gambler Gaylord (Hadley) and moves with him to Chicago, where he deserts her and their daughter. Julie (Stratas) and her mixed-race husband Steve (Barton) are charged with miscegenation. Dock worker Joe (Hubbard) believes in the wisdom of “Ol’ Man River.”
- July 9 Respighi’s La Fiamma —
Witch’s daughter Silvana (Tokody) is in love with her stepson Donello (Kelen). When husband Basilio (Sólyom-Nagy) dies of a heart attack, she’s condemned to death for causing it.
- July 16 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.)
- July 23 Cilea’s L’Arlesiana —
Rosa Mamai’s (Zilio) son Federico (Kelen) is in love with a girl from Arles, but his mother’s godchild Vivetta (Spacagna) is in love with him.
- July 30 Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko —
Sadko (Galusin) meets the sea princess Volkhova (Tsidipova), who falls in love with him and encourages him to catch three golden fish. August 6 Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia (Sutherland) is in love with Edgardo (Pavarotti), but her brother Enrico (Milnes) wants her to marry Arturo (Davies) instead, and she goes mad.
- August 13 Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer —
Based on the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by the Palestine Liberation Front and the subsequent murder of a 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound Jewish American, Leon Klinghoffer (Sylvan).
- August 20 Donizetti’s La Favorita —
An ill-fated love affair between the king’s mistress, Leonora (Cossotto), and a young monk, Fernand (Pavarotti), who, not knowing her true identity, betrays his vows to pursue her. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- August 27 Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane —
Banned by the Nazis as “degenerate,” this fairy tale about the triumph of goodness over evil is the last word in orchestral glitter and opulence.
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