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Verdi Week is Oct. 7-13, 2013, on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org

To commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, WQXR presents a week of music and commentary on the Italian composer's life and works. Our Operavore stream will include full opera recordings by the composer. On-air, we'll present highlights from both the composer's popular vein as well as his deeper side. We'll include commentary from experts and interpreters and some special online features.

Listen to the Operavore Stream, featuring 24/7 Verdi all week. View and download the full schedule, as well as the complete cast list for each performance.

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Verdi, Part II

Monday, October 14, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin launches into a second week exploring the music of Giuseppe Verdi.

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Verdi's Nabucco from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Today at 1 pm, hear Placido Domingo in his first-ever performance in the title role of Nabucco. Liudmyla Monastyrska plays Abigaille. 

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The Sensational Sounds of Italian Cinema

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Perhaps inspired by the dramatic emotions of Italian opera, the wide and wild world of Italian film music is particularly expressive and colorful.

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Richard Bonynge and the Pursuit of Beautiful Sound

Friday, October 11, 2013

The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Verdi's Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, October 10, 2013

To celebrate Verdi’s bicentennial, at 9 pm Thursday hear an encore performance of Rigoletto from the Metropolitan Opera.

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Verdi as Icon for Contemporary Composers? You Bet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.

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Verdi's Aida and its Role in the Egyptian Revolution

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"It might distress Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian patriot and nationalist, that Egypt's history of European occupation is in partly the fault of his wonderful opera, Aida," writes Nimet Habachy.

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Verdi’s Greatest Non-Hits

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

In this hour-long special, Matt Aucoin, a composer and conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, looks at what he thinks are Verdi’s most under-appreciated gems.

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The Sacred Verdi

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fred Plotkin considers some of Verdi's most compelling religious works and how a non-religious man could produce music that speaks so powerfully to very devout people.

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Placido Domingo Calls Otello His All-Time Favorite Verdi Role

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.

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Verdi: Part 1

Monday, October 07, 2013

A towering presence in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th century opera, Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most venerated figures in classical music. This week WQXR's Verdi Week kicks off a 10-part series on Exploring Music that investigates his life and music.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Verdi?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi is the most-performed composer in opera houses worldwide, and his themes have taken root in popular culture from movies to hip-hop. Take our quiz and see how much you know your Verdi.

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Verdi Bicentennial Recordings Go For Starpower

Sunday, October 06, 2013

While you won't find many new full opera recordings in this Verdi 200th anniversary year – the costs are far too prohibitive – record companies are dolling out compilations from some of their biggest stars.

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The Vocal Scene: The Great Verdi Singers, Part I

Sunday, October 06, 2013

George Jellinek offers an historical survey of the great Verdi singers from the first half of the 20th century, including Francesco Tomagno who was the first Otello.

Watching 'Peppino': A Survey of the Tutto Verdi Video Series

Friday, October 04, 2013

One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.

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Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

Friday, October 04, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for a special broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Wagner and his contemporary Verdi.

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Verdi Week: At-a-Glance

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth WQXR is offering a week of music and commentary on the Italian composer's life and work. Here's a rundown.

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Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.

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