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Central Ohio To Celebrate Life of Roger Stephens on June 13

Roger L. Stephens passed away last February in Knoxville, TN where he had been Director of the School of Music at the University of Tennessee since 2001.
June 8, 2011

Roger L. Stephens was a world class singer, stage director, teacher and raconteur. He is remembered with a concert and celebration at OSU on June 13.

Saturday on Stage Returns with Opera Columbus “Figaro”

two performers on stage during an opera columbus performance of mozart's marriage of figaro
Saturday on Stage returns to Classical 101 this weekend with an Opera Columbus production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.
May 26, 2011

Saturday on Stage begins a new season of “Opera and More” this Saturday at 1:30. The series runs through November. Opera Columbus’s productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet begin the season.

On Stage At The Met, 1901 – Thanks to Lionel Mapelson

Lionel Mapleson with his recording equipment
Lionel Mapleson with Edison Home Phonograph and extra large horn, probably at the Metropolitan Opera House. (ca. 1901-1903)
19, 2011

Lionel Mapelson was a librarian at the Metropolitan Opera over 110 years ago and an amateur inventor who recorded bits of early Met performances on a hand cranked machine.

The Met’s Die Walküre – All Those Valkyries and the Machine Breaks Down!!?!

A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre at The Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre in a production at The Metropolitan Opera.
16, 2011

Despite a late start due to technical difficulties, I have never enjoyed Die Walküre as much as I did last Saturday in an HD transmission from The Metropolitan Opera.

Great Performances at The Met: Romeo et Juliette – February 1, 1947

Opera News (program) for the 1947 Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet
The Opera News (program) for the February 1, 1947 Metropolitan Opera matinee broadcast of Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette.
13, 2011

Of the more than 1300 live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera (since 1931) Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette (February 1947) is among those to have attained “legendary status.”

Great Performances at The Met: Puccini’s La Boheme, Feb. 15, 1958

Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
19, 2011

Sony Classical continues to release Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts from days gone by. The latest in their series is a performances of Puccini’s La Boheme from 1958.

Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” At The Met, December 16, 1950

program from the metropolitan opera's production of rossini's the barber of seville
Program from the Metropolitan Opera's December 1950 broadcast of Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
14, 2011

Sony Classical has released a December 16, 1950 live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of Gioachino Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville).

A Metropolitan (Soap) Opera

scene from rossini's le comte ory
A Scene from Rossini's Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Florez in the title role.
9, 2011

The New York Times reports music scholar Philip Gossett refused The Metropolitan Opera’s request to write program notes for a production of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” because he is displeased with their use of a “butchered” version of the score.

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Giulietta Simionato, born May 12, 1910

4, 2010

Giulietta Simionato died earlier today in Rome-aged 99. May 5,  2010 The Italian mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato celebrates her 100th birthday next week. A few months ago she was peppy and energetic on an Italian TV program-she even sang.  Sadly, my buddy Alessandro phoned yesterday to report that she took a bad turn last week and [...]

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Rossini’s “Armida” Live from the Met

28, 2010

The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini’s Armida with Renee Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee (and five other tenors!)  live in HD from the stage in New York, this Saturday May 1 at 1 PM. See it in Columbus at Crosswoods, Worthington or at the Lennox Cinemas. See also for more information. [youtube pogwj4X87Zs 490 344] Grand [...]