Quiz: Should These Opera Characters Be on the Naughty or Nice List?
We’ve made a list, now we’re checking it twice… can you help WFMT find out which of these opera characters can expect a nicely wrapped present... and which ones can expect coal?
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VIDEO | Pipa 101 with Wu Man
"Surprisingly, people will come up to me after [concerts] and say, ‘Oh that sounds like a banjo! That sounds like a harp! That sounds like a guitar!’"
Through a Farce Darkly: How a Glinka Overture Became the Theme Song for the Sitcom ‘Mom’
Let’s pretend. Let’s pretend that one of the classical world’s most famous opera overtures is heard by some 12 million people, every week, on TV. More amazingly, it’s neither on a public television station nor the opening music for a roundtable news program. Instead, in this fantasy world it’s in a half-hour situation comedy created by the same man who’s brought to TV Big Bang Theory, Two and Half Men, Dharma and Greg, Cybil, Mike and Molly, and Young Sheldon, to name a few.
Hear the Timeless Sound of Yma Sumac, the Soprano Called “a Descendant of the Last of the Incan Kings”
Imagine you’re seated in Royal Albert Hall in London. You look to the stage and see a woman in a glamorous, feathered skirt. Her headpiece crowns her like royalty, and her neck drips with jewels that glow in the dim lights of the hall. When she opens her mouth, you wonder, “Is that a canary?” But you are witnessing none other than soprano Yma Sumac.
Inside the Score: Adolphe Adam’s Giselle
Joffrey's Scott Speck, who co-authored Classical Music for Dummies, explains how music helps to tell the stories you see on stage.
Video: The Most Important Advice That Composer Ludovico Einaudi Received from His Mentor Luciano Berio
Einaudi explained how being a performer influences his compositional process and the most important advice Berio taught him about music... (which doesn’t exactly involve music).
Playlist: Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins
The opera house can be a scary place – and we’re not talking about all those crazy singers and their shenanigans backstage! Many operas contain ghastly ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Here are some of the most frightening pieces from the history of opera.
Playlist: Classical Music to Rattle Your Bones on Día de Los Muertos
Day of the Dead is about honoring friends and family who have left us. Enjoy these 13 pieces as you celebrate Día de los Muertos and remember your loved ones.
Playlist: 31 Freaky and Frightening Classical Works to Haunt Your Halloween
Whether you’re looking for spooky music as you wait for trick-or-treaters, or you need some music to accompany your own "danse macabre," we have your perfect Halloween soundtrack.
Riccardo Muti and CSO Dedicate Performance to Victims of Northern California Fires during West Coast Tour
CSO music director Riccardo Muti decided to dedicate an encore to victims after a concert in Berkeley, where the orchestra had a multi-day residency.
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