- 03/17 where have classical musics 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 Rossinis 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 Yousafzais 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
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- 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
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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 Spring 2017:
Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob ChapmanBecome a Sustaining Member, support Great Opera!
- March 2, 2017 Smetana's Libue —
Princess Libue (Beòaèková) mediates a dispute between the brothers Chrudo (vorc) and Stáhlav (Vodièka). Her suitability to rule challenged, she abdicates in favor of husband Pøemysl (Zítek).
- March 9, 2017 Barber's Antony and Cleopatra —
Antony (Wells) leaves his mistress Cleopatra (Hinds) in Egypt and returns to Rome, where hefs forced to marry Caesarfs (Grayson) sister Octavia, leading to Antonyfs return to Cleopatra and their suicides.
- March 16, 2017 Bizet's Carmen —
Naive soldier Don Jose (Domingo) falls for free-spirited Carmen (Troyanos), 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 (Van Dam). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- March 23, 2017 M.A. Charpentier's Medee —
To regain his stolen throne, Jason (Ragon) sails to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Colchon princess Medea (Feldman) falls in love with him and helps him through magic and murder.
- March 30, 2017 Spring Membership Drive —
Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy play recent recordings as you pledge your support for the Opera House.
- April 6, 2017 Rossini's Il Turco in Italia —
The poet Prosdocimo (Stabile) creates a story of intrigue, disguises, and misunderstandings involving Fiorilla (Callas), her admirer Don Narciso (Gedda), and her boring husband Selim (Rossi-Lemeni).
- April 13, 2017 Wagner's Parsifal —
Foolish young Parsifal (Domingo) gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas
- April 20, 2017 Donizettis LElisir dAmore —
Nemorino (Pavarotti) loves Adina (Battle), who ignores him and falls for the swaggering soldier Belcore (Nucci) instead; Nemorino tries a fake love potion sold by the charlatan Dulcamara (Dara). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- April 27, 2017 Prokofievs The Gambler —
In a German spa town, a general (Alexashkin) is in love with the penniless flirt Blanche (Tarassova), but has gambled away his money. May 4, 2017 Offenbachs Les Contes dHoffmann Poet Hoffmann (Burrows) is inspired by four muses (Sills), but several villains (Treigle) conspire against him.
- May 11, 2017 Verdis Don Carlo —
Don Carlo (Vickers) is engaged to Elisabetta (Brouwenstijn), but his father Philip II (Christoff) marries her instead. Rodrigo (Gobbi) tries to reconcile father and son but the Grand Inquisitor (Langdon) forces Philip to assassinate Rodrigo.
- May 18, 2017 Webers Der Freischütz —
Kaspar (Wlaschiha), whos sold his soul to the devil, makes a deal with Max (Araiza) to obtain some magical bullets for use in a shooting contest for the hand of Agathe (Mattila). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- May 25, 2017 Brittens Albert Herring —
Unable to find a suitable May Queen, Lady Billows (Barstow) and her committee instead select Albert (Gillett) as May King. At his coronation, Sid (Finley) and Nancy (Taylor) spike Alberts lemonade.
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