I’m listening to WRTI’s “Day at the Opera.” Some wonderful selections thus far. Yes, you have to endure the fundraising pitches today, but the snatches of music in between have been exquisite. You can listen too at http://www.wrti.org/listenlive.html.
Because I love my readers, I’ll spare you their fundraising patter and just share some of the pieces they’ve played thus far. Here’s an extraordinary version of the “Ave Maria” from Verdi‘s Otello sung by Mirella Freni.
Another delight this morning was hearing “Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici” from La Traviata. I know some think La Traviata is overdone and rightly so–there are many other operas worthy of production–but I never tire of the drinking song. Perhaps because I never tire of drinking. Here’s a glorious version by The Three Tenors.
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?