The voice of jazz singer Stacey Kent has been compared to the taste of vermouth and the compositions of Erik Satie. Described as an irrepressible gamine, she's an American from New Jersey who now splits her time between Colorado and London. Kent's latest album springs from yet another national backdrop: France, where she's enjoyed particular fame and success. She sings the songs on Raconte-Moi entirely in French, trading between standards and a few new ones written just for her.--from NPR
Join Jill Pasternak for highlights from interviews with three opera icons: Tenor Stephen Costello, baritone Thomas Hampson, and tenor Salvatore Licitra who died tragically this past September in a Vespa accident; he was only 43 years old. Jill interviewed him in 2005.
The new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra is in town, finishing up two weeks of conducting the ensemble he will lead beginning in the 2012-2013 season. WRTI'S Susan Lewis talks to Yannick Nezet-Seguin about his approach to performing in the 21st century.
Nadia Boulanger is well known to musicians, being the Parisian teacher of many American composers, most notably Aaron Copland. But her younger sister, Lili, excelled as a composer despite battling sickness most of her life. She eventually succumbed to Crohn's Disease at the much-too-young age of 24.
Listen between 6 am and 6 pm on Saturday, November 12th
You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in a historic Met Opera recording of Verdi's IL TROVATORE at 1 pm with tenor Franco Corelli and soprano Leontyne Price. Hosted by WRTI's Rolf Charlston, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, Jim Cotter, and Susan Lewis, this special day will also showcase some wonderful thank-you gifts, and include some fun surprises.
WRTI's Susan Lewis talks about radio, life, and the changing cultural landscape with Radio Hall of Famer Bob Edwards, host of NPR's MORNING EDITION for nearly 25 years; he's now exploring new territory on satellite radio. Edwards' new book is called A VOICE IN THE BOX.