This week on Rhode Island Public television,
WSBE: (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)
Saturday, August 30, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 31, 3:00am
Monday, September 1, 12:00am
From the Blogs
from WQXR~New York
TOP INFAMOUS CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCES ON THE SIMPSONS
Video: Violinist Inspires Elephants to Dance to Bach
Three on female composers
New York Violinist Found Slain in Summer Home
from KDFC ~ San Francisco
Why do villains love classical music?
The Simpsons at the Hollywood Bowl!
Are you a teacher or former teacher? If so, we invite you to join Opera Club! Opera Club is a group of teachers that explore our season's operas and help create curriculum ideas for fellow educators to be published on the SF Opera Education website. Only two more Opera Clubs left - join us as we explore Rossini's Cinderella and Puccini's La Boheme. For information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rather slim pickings for opera-lovers this coming Saturday (August 30) on internet radio. In fact, there's nothing new on NPR, as the broadcast of Boito's "Mefistofele" from San Francisco (as reported in last week's entry) never took place. Instead, the station aired a performance of Puccini's "Tosca" by mistake, so it's THIS WEEK that you can actually hear the Boito opera, starring Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele and soprano Patricia Racette in the dual roles of Margherita & Elena (as in Helen of Troy).
On Rai Radio 3, there's a broadcast from Royal Albert Hall in London of "Salome" by Richard Strauss. The RAI website is skimpy on the details, so it's impossible for me to say whether this is a LIVE performance or not.
Those of you who may be looking for an obscure opera to listen to can rejoice in this Saturday's offering on ORF (Austria): It's an August 22 performance from Innsbruck of "L'Orontea" -- a 1656 work by composer Pietro Antonio Cesti.
Saturday afternoon radio broadcast is
on hiatus until December
WGBH Postpones its annual Labor Day Opera Bash!
WGBH's annual Labor Day Opera Bash is missing from its monthly printed schedule. A call to the station revealed that the reason for this omission is that WGBH has changed its fiscal year so that they will now be doing fund-raising during the Labor Day weekend. The Opera Bash has been postponed to a later date in the autumn, probably October or November. We will keep you posted on any developments. In the meantime, please write them a note, encouraging them to make sure they broadcast the opera bash and more opera in general. I'm told that every single letter is read and taken into consideration. This is a link to their website:
NO OPERA ON WGBH TV