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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 Winter 2016-17:
Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob ChapmanBecome a Sustaining Member, support Great Opera!
- December 1 R. Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier —
This comic intrigue involves the aristocratic Marschallin (Tomowa-Sintow), her young lover Octavian (Baltsa), her vulgar cousin Baron Ochs (Moll), and his prospective fiancee Sophie (Parry).
- December 8 Martinu¢ª's The Miracle of Our Lady —
Drawing on the medieval tradition of Mystery and Miracle plays, the four sections include the Archangel Gabriel (Barova), Mariken (Markova), Maria (Kratochvilova), and Sister Paskalina (D.poltova).
- December 15 Puccini's La Fanciulla del West —
Saloonkeeper Minnie (Tebaldi) falls in love with Dick Johnson (Del Monaco), who's wanted by sheriff Jack Rance (MacNeil). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- December 22 Bridge's The Christmas Rose;
Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors —
Miriam (Eathorne) and Reuben (James) present roses to the Christ Child. Disabled Amahl (Hawkersmith) tells tales about a big star, but his mother (Gunlogson) doesn't believe him.
- December 29 J. Strauss's Die Fledermaus —
Eisenstein (Prey) accepts Falke's (Weikl) invitation to a party; wife Rosalinde (Varady) is visited by an old flame, Alfred (Kollo); maid Adele (Popp) goes to Prince Orlofsky's (Rebroff) party.
- January 5 Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night —
The Mayor (Potchapski) and his son, Levko (Tarastchenko), are rivals for Hanna (Erasova). The winner is chosen by a water sprite.
- January 12 Wolf-Ferrari's I Gioielli della Madonna —
Mafia boss Rafaele (.apkovi.) promises to steal the jewels of the Madonna for Maliella (Ushakova), but blacksmith Gennaro (Kim) steals them first to win the girl.
- January 19 Wagner's Lohengrin —
Lohengrin (Thomas) must keep his name secret from his bride Elsa (Grümmer). Influenced by Telramund (Fischer-Dieskau) and his evil wife Ortrud (Ludwig), she is unable to resist her curiosity and drives him away. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- January 26 Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro —
Count Almaviva (Fischer-Dieskau) wants to sleep with Susanna (Mathis) before her wedding to Figaro (Prey). The Countess (Janowitz) tries to save her own marriage, despite an affair with the teenaged page Cherubino (Troyanos).
- February 2 Schmidt's Notre Dame —
Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this work features a beautiful gypsy (G. Jones), a hunchback (Moll), a scorned spouse (Gringoire), suicide, and attempted murder.
- February 9 Berg's Lulu —
Femme fatale Lulu (Hauman) destroys all her admirers, including Dr. Schön (Jaffe). Escaping prison, she's murdered in London by Jack the Ripper.
- February 16 Donizetti's Don Pasquale —
Bachelor Pasquale (Bruscantini) wants to wed to prevent nephew Ernesto (Winbergh) from inheriting his estate. Malatesta (Nucci) suggests his sister Norina (Freni), who's in love with Ernesto. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)
- February 23 Handel's Rinaldo —
Crusader Rinaldo (Watkinson), in love with Almirena (Cotrubas), wages war against Argante (Cold), whose mistress Armida (Scovotti) uses her magic against Rinaldo only to end up falling in love with him.
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