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What Would Rossini Make of a Presidential Election?

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
August 22, 2011

What kind of Italian opera could be made from the goings on of today’s presidential candidates?

Luisa Fernanda at the Upper Arlington Library

Luisa Fernanda at the Upper Arlington Library, Sunday August 7 at 2 p.m.
4, 2011

Upper Arlington Library Opera on Film Series concludes this Sunday with Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda, starring Placido Domingo, hosted by Christopher Purdy

The Great Caruso

3, 2011

Enrico Caruso died ninety years ago this week. Here’s a small appreciation, including one of his first recordings.

Watch: Dudley Moore As Benjamin Britten And Peter Pears

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.
July 27, 2011

Dudley Moore at the piano for his own take on Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, complete with a Britten like version of Little Miss Muffet.

Callas-McNally-Daly “Master Class” Returns To Broadway

Maria Callas (1923-1977)
July 26, 2011

McNally’s play “Master Class” is back on Broadway. The play is one version of the master classes Maria Callas gave in New York almost forty years ago. Tyne Daly stars as Maria.

American Music Heroes: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in 1955
Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.
June 28, 2011

Remembering the American contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) as we prepare for the fourth of July weekend.

Saturday Opera: The Young Pavarotti Sings Mozart’s Idomeneo

Idomeneo, recorded at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1964
The 1964 Glyndebourne Festival production of Mozart's Idomeneo, released for the first time.
June 25, 2011

Tune in to Saturday on Stage (“Opera and More”) this Saturday at 1.30 for Mozart’s opera seria Idomeneo, complete with a sea monster and the young Luciano Pavarotti

Saturday Opera: The Day The Parrot Died!

jacques offenbach vert vert opera album cover
Offenbach's charming operetta 'Vert-Vert' in a new recording from Opera Rara
June 18, 2011

Our Saturday afternoon opera broadcasts continue with a new recording (okay, the only recording) of Offenbach’s delightful operetta, Vert-Vert. This is one of 98 comic operas written by Jacques Offenbach for Paris. He may have forgotten it. You won’t!

Upper Arlington Library’s Summer Opera Film Series Starts Sunday

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) a one work composer, but what a work: "Cavalleria rusticana!"
June 10, 2011

The Summer Opera Film Series at the Upper Arlington Library begins Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. with Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. The series continues with Pagliacci on July 10 and Luisa Fernanda on August 7. The films are free and open to the public. Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy hosts.

This Saturday: Classical 101 Remembers Shirley Verrett

Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites
Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976.
9, 2011

This Saturday, Classical 101′s Serenata and Saturday on Stage remember opera star Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).