Margaret Kelley

WQXR

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The Three Boldest - Yet Unknown - Tchaikovsky Heroines

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Most opera lovers are familiar with Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Lisa in The Queen of Spades, but Tchaikovsky also wrote some fabulous music for several other heroines.

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Three Operas Brought to You by the Letter ‘Z’

Friday, November 09, 2012

Other than Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), how many operas can you name that begin with the letter Z? Consult our Zagat-style guide to find out more.

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Three Reasons Why Wagner’s Rienzi is Rarely Performed

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wagner’s Rienzi is an opera that hardly ever gets produced by major companies. On this edition of Opera in Brief, F. Paul Driscoll names its challenges.

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Top Three Show-Stopping Moments in Verdi's Il Trovatore

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So what if the plot is a little bit far fetched? In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three show-stopping moments from Verdi’s masterpiece.

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Four Fabulously Fiery Carmens

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, Driscoll explains the dynamic between the main characters in Carmen, and he identifies four memorable interpreters of the fiery gypsy.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

Verdi's late opera is often described as an "autumnal comedy," reflecting a certain warmth and color that has the flavor of the composer's age and place in life. Find out why.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

"I don’t think Verdi had much of a sense of humor," F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News tells us. Yet he went on to create one of opera's most important comedies.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Now is your chance to learn with this, the first of a series of introductions to major operas, hosted by Midge Woolsey.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No, we're not talking about Pagliacci – that’s by Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana isn’t one of them either – that’s by Mascagni.

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Opera Stars Show Lighter Side at Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The seventh annual Opera News Awards took place Sunday night at the Plaza Hotel. Host Midge Woolsey caught up with the winners.

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Opera News Awards Preview

Friday, April 27, 2012

F. Paul Driscoll, the editor in chief of Opera News magazine, gives us the inside scoop on this year's honorees. They are two sopranos, two baritones and a stage director.

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For His 327th Birthday, Bach Goes Underground

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday was a big day for Bach enthusiast Dale Henderson, it being J.S. Bach's 327th birthday as well as the second “Bach in the Subways Day." Watch a slideshow of the event as it played out.

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Baritone Thomas Hampson: A Met 'Mastersinger'

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today at 4:30 pm, hear host Midge Woolsey's interview with baritone Thomas Hampson. He talks about his company role debut as Verdi's Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Discusses New Album, The Met's Ernani

Friday, February 24, 2012

Russian Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stopped by the WQXR studios to chat with host Naomi Lewin. Hvorostovsky is currently singing the role of Don Carlo in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani

A live broadcast of that production will air at 1 pm this Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Shenyang Makes His Mark on Opera Stages

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

At 27, bass-baritone Shenyang is a powerful voice with an enormous classical music record collection.

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Interview: Conductor Long Yu

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Born in 1964, Maestro Long Yu has a lot on his plate. He is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival.

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Composer Chen Yi Remembers the Cultural Revolution

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Born in 1953, violinist, composer and professor Chen Yi grew up during the cultural revolution in China, which left its mark on her family life and her music.  At age 13 she was sent to a communist labor farm, smuggling her violin beside her bed.

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Oboist Liang Wang and his Life in New York

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just shy of 31, Liang Wang is the youngest person to earn the principal oboist chair in the history of the New York Philharmonic. He studied at the Beijing Central Conservatory before moving to the U.S.

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