WRTI's Opera Day! Saturday, November 15th, 6 am to 6 pm

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in Rossini's L’iltaliana in Algeri performed by resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Saturday, November 15, 6 am to 6 pm on WRTI.

Hosted by WRTI's Dave Conant, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis, this celebration of opera will include numerous thank-you gifts to inspire you as we try to raise $30,000 in support of opera on WRTI.

Highlights include:
At 11:30 am: An encore broadcast of Crossover featuring tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Perez. Together (they are married) and separately they are considered to be two of America's fastest-rising opera stars.
At 1 pm: L’iltaliana in Algeri -the Academy of Vocal Arts brings us an exceptional performance of this Gioachino Rossini opera.

In addition to a fantastic day of music, all pledges between 6 am to 6 pm are automatically entered into the WRTI Grand Opera Contest. Contribute here to enter the contest. Or call 1-866-809-9784.

The winner will receive an amazing prize package featuring a "Flex 4" subscription for the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2014/15 season; two prime subscription tickets to four Opera Philadelphia productions including Oscar, Ariadne of Naxos, Don Carlo, and Charlie Parker's Yardbird; a set of passes to all remaining MET in HD broadcasts (you select the theater); and all of the opera CDs offered as thank-you gifts today - that's over 65 CDs! PLUS Strauss: Complete Operas, Amadeus soundtrack, and three DVDs: Amadeus, The Golden Ring, and Luciano Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias.

Pledge between 6 am and 6 pm only to automatically enter the contest, and help us reach our Opera Day goal of $30,000. We guarantee that you'll be saying "BRAVO and BRAVA" throughout the day. Contest Rules