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A Passion For Opera
A Passion For Opera: Wagner's Ring and Operatic Storms
Saturday, 04/06/13
In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Das Rheingold, we present Anna Russel's famous analysis of Wagner's Ring Cycle - plus a consideration of operatic storms. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Risë Stevens Remembered
Saturday, 03/30/13
We celebrate the artistry of the American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m. AP Photo/Raul Fornezza 
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A Passion For Opera: Talvela
Saturday, 03/23/13
Saturday's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is an archive performance of Verdi's La forza del destino with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela; and on A Passion for Opera we'll hear recordings by these three superb singers. Plus the March Mystery Voice Quiz. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Francesca da Rimini
Saturday, 03/16/13
We hear excerpts from a 1969 recording of Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini with Magda Olivero in the title role. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Three Verdi Gems
Saturday, 03/09/13
This afternoon we hear wonderful music from Verdi's Nabucco, Ernani, and Don Carlo. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Happy Birthday
Saturday, 02/23/13
We celebrate Handel's birthday with a bouquet of arias from eight of his operas. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Mr. & Mrs.
Saturday, 02/16/13
We'll hear a program of operatic duets by singers who were married to each other - plus the February "Mystery Voice Quiz." Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Falstaff
Saturday, 02/09/13
Peter Fox Smith explores with us some of the melodic gems, comedic monologues, and masterly ensembles that are woven into the unbroken stream of music that is Verdi's final masterpiece, Falstaff. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: A Little Bit About Rossini
Saturday, 02/02/13
Peter Fox Smith takes us on a tour of Rossini operas, some well-known, some not so well-known. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Mozart & Richard Strauss
Saturday, 01/26/13
In celebration of the January 27, 1756 birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and of the January 26, 1790 premiere of his opera Così fan tutte, and of the January 26, 1911 premiere of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier - we'll hear excerpts from these two wonderful operas.
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A Passion For Opera: Donizetti Rarities
Saturday, 01/19/13
We hear excerpts from two rarely performed Donizetti operas: Poliuto and Rita. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Il Trovatore
Saturday, 01/12/13
We'll explore Il Trovatore, perhaps the most tune-filled of all Verdi's operas - and you are invited to join us for January's "Mystery Voice Quiz." Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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A Passion For Opera: Show Boat
Saturday, 12/29/12
The landmark Broadway musical Show Boat - music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II - opened in New York on December 27, 1927 and remains to this day one of the most popular musicals ever written. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.
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