Verdi Bicentennial Festival: Oct. 8th - Oct. 9th (FULL SCHEDULE BELOW)

WKCR Classical is pleased to announce a 48-hour broadcast to celebrate the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Steeped in the bel canto tradition of 19th century Italian music, Verdi built upon his predecessors' while reshaping the face of opera entirely. The two-day festival will explore his most celebrated masterpieces, but will also highlight his lesser known works, from his first operas to chamber music. Some of today's greatest musicians and scholars, such as Maria Guleghina and George M. Martin, will speak about the composer's work and influence. The broadcast is from October 8th through October 9th. FULL SCHEDULE BELOW.

VIVA VERDI!   Tuesday, October 8th

12AM - 2:45AM — Il trovatore

2:45AM - 5:15AM — I masnadieri

5:15AM - 7:30AM — I due Foscari

7:30AM - 8:00AM — Six romances (Margaret Price) 

8:00AM - 8:15AM — Interview with George Martin

8:15AM - 10:45AM — Giovanna d’Arco

10:45AM - 11:00AM — String Quartet in E minor

11:00AM - 1:30PM — Nabucco

1:30PM - 3:45PM — Attila

3:45PM - 6:30PM — Macbeth

6:30PM - 7:00PM — Interview with Maria Guleghina 

7:00PM - 9:00PM — Stiffelio

9:00PM - 12:00AM — Otello

 
 

Wednesday, October 9th 

12:00AM - 2:30AM — Un Ballo in Maschera 

2:30AM - 4:45AM — Oberto 

4:45MA - 7:00AM — Luisa Miller 

7:00AM - 7:45AM — Four Sacred Pieces 

7:45AM - 8:15AM — Interview with Case Scaglione about Verdi orchestral works

8:15AM - 10:45AM — Un giorno di regno 

10:45AM - 11:15AM — Interview with Dolora Zajick

11:15AM - 2:30PM — La forza del destino 

2:30PM - 5:00PM — Simon Boccanegra

5:00PM - 5:30PM — Interview with Victoria de Grazia about the historical context of Verdi

5:30PM - 10PM — Don Carlo and interview with Sondra Radvanovsky (to be played during intermission) 

10PM - 12AM — Verdi's Requiem (includes discussion of choral music with Gail Archer) 


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