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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 Summer 2016:
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- June 2 —
Glinka's Ruslan i Lyudmila
Lyudmila (Morozova) is wooed by the poet-prince Ratmir (Durseneva), the cowardly warrior Farlaf (Gilmanov), and the knight Ruslan (Shtonda) in this sprawling Russian fairy tale. June 9 Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor Kim Borg is Falstaff in this delightful German operatic version of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor.
- June 16 —
Aging philosopher Faust (Leech) sells his soul to Méphistophélès (Van Dam) in return for youth and the love of Marguerite (Studer). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- June 23 —
Enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida (Harteros) competes with Egyptian princess Amneris (Semenchuk) for the love of conquering warrior Radamès (Kaufmann).
- June 30 —
Ezio (Prina) saves Emperor Valentiniano (Cencic) from the plot of Massimo (Lehtipuu). In gratitude, Valentiniano allows Fulvia (Hallenberg) and Ezio to marry.
- July 7 —
Bernstein's On the Town & West Side Story
On a 24-hour leave in New York City, three sailors (Garrison, Ollman, Hampson) meet and quickly connect with three women (Von Stade, Daly, McLaughlin). In a modern Romeo-and-Juliet story, a Puerto Rican woman, Maria (Te Kanawa), falls in love with a "real" American, Tony (Carreras).
- July 14 —
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 21 —
A cruel Chinese princess, Turandot (Nilsson), will reluctantly marry any man who can successfully answer three riddles. Calaf (Björling) is accompanied by Timur (Tozzi) and slave girl Liù (Tebaldi). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- July 28 —
Rachmaninoff's Aleko & Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Aleko (Ghiuselev) gives up a quiet life to join a band of gypsies but kills his lover, Zemfira (Karnobatlova) when she forsakes him for another. After Count Vaudémont (Skorokhodov) falls in love with the blind Iolanta (Netrebko), her sight is restored.
- August 4 —
Busoni's Doktor Faust
After making a pact with the devilish Mephistopheles (Begley), Faust (Henschel) seduces the Duchess of Parma (Jenisova) shortly after her wedding to the Duke (Kerl).
- August 11 —
In ancient Lesbos, the villainous general Antenore (Merritt) tries to frame Princess Zelmira (Gasdia) for her father's murder and hoodwinks her husband Ilo (Matteuzzi) into believing she's an adulteress.
- August 18 —
Weber's Der Freischütz
Caspar (Wlaschiha), who's sold his soul to the devil, makes a deal with Max (Araiza) to obtain some magic bullets for use in a shooting contest for the hand of Agathe (Mattila). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- August 25 —
De Koven's Robin Hood
The Earl of Huntington is stripped of his title, becomes Robin Hood (Oliver), robbing the rich to help the poor, with the moral assistance of Maid Marian (McCormick), until his title is restored.
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