Tune in on Saturday, November 22 from 6 am to 6 pm when WRTI brings you a day of operatic delight! The fun will include the broadcast of a historic and critically acclaimed recording of Puccini's La Boheme at 1:30 pm, special episodes of Crossover and Creatively Speaking (featuring archival interviews with Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa, and a recent profile of Angela Meade) and a variety of opera favorites all day.
A Day at the Opera is a One-Day Fund Drive for WRTI. We promise that you'll be singing along to your favorite arias and listening to music that will make your day! Please support the music on November 22. Call 1-866-809-9784 or Pledge Online. Your contribution matters! You'll have an unforgettable experience when we broadcast Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme at 1:30 pm. The famous 1956 recording is conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham and performed by R.C.A. Victor Orchestra with Giorgio Tozzi, Fernando Corena, John Reardon, Thomas Powell, Robert Merrill, George del Monte, Jussi Bjoerling, Columbus Boys Choir, Victoria de Los Angeles, and Lucine Amara.
Praise for Puccini's La Boheme conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham:
"Every so often in the recording industry, there's a miracle, and this is one of them. This 1956 recording was organized quickly in New York, not on the heels of a stage performance and not even with a noted orchestra. All the right singers were in town at the same time--some popping in to sing a few bars before heading for the airport--and the result is the single greatest recording of this oft-recorded opera. The leads--Victoria de Los Angeles and Jussi Björling--would make it special in any case. But Robert Merrill is excellent and Lucine Amara is a light-voiced, French-sounding, ultra-stylish Musetta. This is also the only full-length Puccini recording by the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. A classic." --David Patrick Stearns
A Day at the Opera on WRTI-FM: A One-Day Fund Drive
Saturday, November 22
6 am to 6 pm
Listen to an excerpt of the AVA's Angela Meade singing "Casta Diva" from this week's edition of Creatively Speaking.