Burak Bilgili http://wrti.org en Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE, March 10th, 3 pm http://wrti.org/post/academy-vocal-arts-wrti-massenets-don-quichotte-march-10th-3-pm <p>Join us on Sunday afternoon for an AVA Opera special broadcast! Jules Massenet's <em>DON QUICHOTTE i</em>s a lyrical ode to the chivalrous idealist Don Quixote. Loosely based on the popular Cervantes novel, the opera is immediately inspired by <em>Le chevalier de la Longue Figure</em>, a play by the poet Jacques Le Lorrain. The tale of Don Quixote meets the music of Massenet, complete with Spanish serenades and a profoundly poignant finale. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:54:07 +0000 Jessica Schultz 5237 at http://wrti.org Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE, March 10th, 3 pm Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili on Crossover http://wrti.org/post/turkish-bass-burak-bilgili-crossover <p>Last week's guest on Crossover was Turkish Bass<a href="http://burakbilgili.com/newsite/biography.htm" target="_blank"> Burak Bilgili.</a> Turkish? Not necessarily the first nationality that comes to mind when you think "opera singer." But, wait till you hear that voice!</p><p>A 2004 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Bilgili made his international debut in 2002 - while still a student at AVA - as Duke Alfonso in Donizetti's <em>Lucrezia Borgia </em>at La Scala. His Metropolitan Opera debut was May 7, 2004, when he sang Leporello without either a full-stage or orchestra rehearsal in the final performance of <em>Don Giovanni </em>that season. When he took his solo bow at the end of the performance, the audience roared in appreciation. He returned to the company in 2009 as Ferrando in <em>Il trovatore.</em></p><p><a href="http://ticketing.theatrealliance.org/tickets/eventDetails.aspx?id=24628&amp;org=av" target="_blank"><strong>Starting Saturday evening, March 2nd, Bilgili will appear in the lead role in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of<em> Don Quichotte. </em></strong></a>Performances run through March 9th at AVA, and March 12th and 14th at Haverford's Centennial Hall. The production will also be heard as a Sunday Opera Special on March 10th at 3 pm on WRTI and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.</p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:52:04 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 5213 at http://wrti.org Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili on Crossover