Know why they call Philadelphia “The City of Brotherly Love“? Because WRTI (Temple University’s radio station) is playing opera tomorrow, brah, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during their Opera Extravaganza! on Saturday, November 20.
WRTI offers a 12-hour day of opera, featuring everyone’s favorite arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts, culminating in an unforgettable broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto at 1 pm, with Luciano Pavarotti and the late Dame Joan Sutherland, with Martti Talvela, Huguette Tourangeau, Riccardo Cassinelli, John Gibbs, Christian Du Plessis, Clifford Grant, Gillian Knight, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Josephte Clement, Sherrill Milnes, John Noble, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus conducted by Richard Bonynge.
You don’t need to live in Philly to enjoy a day at the opera. WRTI will be streaming live from their website at http://www.wrti.org/listenlive.html.
I can’t wait to hear what they have up their sleeve for opera aficionados. Makes me want to rise and shine. How about you?
It’s time for a look around the blogosphere for some of my favorite, newly-minted posts relating to the world of classical music:
- Adam Richter at “Classical Vinylist” offers a perfect selection for October listening at his post, “In search of good autumn classical.”
- Bachtrack, the world’s best source for finding live classical music, offers a lovely tribute to Joan Sutherland with a list of available recordings which remain “the benchmark by which others are judged.”
- OperaPulse has a handy list of best operas for n00bs with a few surprises. (I would have thought La Bohème to be the hands-down winner).
- Roberto Romani, aka OperaRat, has an interesting framework for categorizing classic opera as concert or story, that asks the essential question “Are you a drama queen?” Yes, Roberto, I certainly am.
- Sestissimo offers a thoughtful examination about why she and other performers sing (or Choose Not To) at Trying to Remain Opera-rational. I found this line from her post particularly moving: “When all you have are dreams, everything seems possible, and when all you have are experiences, everything seems both possible and impossible at the same time,” perhaps because it resonated deeply with me.