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At Last, The Verdi Bicentennial Has Arrived

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The moment we have all collectively dreamed of has finally arrived: come October 8th, the WKCR Classical Verdi Bicentennial will begin, and it will be everything the Wagner Bicentennial was and more. A 48-hour broadcast will celebrate Verdi’s life and work, and general musical delight will abound. While the full schedule has yet to be released, here are some highlights:

Operas:

About 15 of Verdi’s operas will be played, with a mix of live and studio recordings ranging about 70 years. They’ll include:

  • Don Carlos (5-act French version) — Alagna; Hampson; Mattila; Meier; van Dam; Pappano; Theatre de Chatelet Orchestre
  • Giovanna d’Arco — Tebaldi; Bergonzi; Panerai; Simonetto; La Scala
  • Otello — Rysanek; Vickers; Gobbi; Serafin; Rome Opera Orchestra
  • Simon Boccanegra — Varnay; Tucker; Warren; Szekely; Stiedry, Met Opera Orchestra
  • Verdi Requiem — Milanov; Castagna; Björling; Moscona; Toscanini; NBC Symphony Orchestra

Interviews:

  • George M. Martin — Author of the recent book “Verdi In America,” Martin discusses the US performance history of Verdi and how he became the most popular opera composer of the United States only over the past sixty years.
  • Maria Guleghina — The great Ukrainian diva speaks about the challenges and thrills of Verdi’s most grueling soprano parts, such as Lady Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, and even Violetta in La Traviata!
  • Dolora Zajick — For over 25 years, Dolora Zajick has been hailed as the world’s great mezzo-soprano in the Verdi rep. She speaks about the difficulties of nurturing the Verdi voice and raising the next generation of Verdi performers.
  • Sondra Radvanovsky — A Verdi heroine specialist, singing roles from the title of Aida to Leonora from Il Trovatore.

In addition, WKCR will be doing special features on the composer’s history, his orchestrations, and his choral parts.

VIVA VERDI!

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9 Comments

  • BSGS says:

    @BSGS Between this post and the mention of Anna Nicole (the opera) in an earlier post… it is no wonder Columbians know shit about music.

    1. Actually, says:

      @Actually, I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN BY THIS? HOW DOES A VERDI BICENTEN INDICATE THAT WE DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT MUSIC?

      1. try switching to decaf says:

        @try switching to decaf I’m pretty sure “to know shit about something” just means that the subject is knowledgeable about the something that is being talked about, ie: Columbians knowing shit about music means that Columbians are knowledgeable about music. Contrast with the phrase “don’t know shit,” ie: “He doesn’t know shit about physics” means that the subject is totally ignorant about physics. In short, pretty sure the person is complimenting Columbia’s musical smarts, though s/he probably coulda phrased it better.

        Also please don’t shout I am very timid I’ll have you know and your post frightened me very much :(

    2. CU ADMIRERS United says:

      @CU ADMIRERS United HOW MUCH IS STEPAN PROGRAMMING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I WANNA HEAR HIM TALK.

      1. waddaya think? says:

        @waddaya think? it’s opera on wkcr. he’ll probably be on plenty.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Anna Nicole is an incredibly moving opera with themes that resonate with more “traditional” pieces. It’s too bad that the run at BAM wasn’t longer.

  • Viva VERDI says:

    @Viva VERDI DOLORA, SONDRA, and MARIA. YESSSSSSS

  • but actually says:

    @but actually insane that they got sondra, dolora and maria g. powerhouses.

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