With his stirring choruses, popular melodies and ardent political themes, Giuseppe Verdi has given generations of opera-lovers plenty to savor.
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. The mini-festival includes complete performances of his operas, special programs and commentary from artists and scholars.
To delve further into Verdi's work, WQXR will highlight tribute albums from Jonas Kaufmann, Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko, plus a new collection of archival recordings by the legendary soprano Montserrat Caballe.
More Verdi Week program highlights include:
• 8 pm Monday: We present a complete performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
• 8 pm Tuesday and noon Saturday: Placido Domingo spends an hour with Jeff Spurgeon to discuss his lifetime singing Verdi and his new CD of Verdi arias.
• 8 pm Wednesday: Hear "Clash of the Titans," a one-hour radio documentary that considers the contrasting careers of Verdi and the other giant of 19th century opera, Richard Wagner.
• 10 pm Wednesday and 8 pm Saturday: Metropolitan Opera conductor and composer Matt Aucoin presents an hour of Verdi’s greatest non-hits.
• 8 pm Thursday and 10 pm Sunday: On Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal presents Verdi transcriptions for piano.
• 9 pm Thursday: Hear Rigoletto from last season’s production at the Metropolitan Opera.
• 8 pm Friday and 11 pm Sunday: Annie Bergen opens the WQXR Archives to find a back episode of The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek devoted to Verdi.
• 1 pm Saturday: Placido Domingo stars in Nabucco from the Royal Opera House.