This week it's the return of LA Opera to WRTI. Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of Verdi's masterpiece I Due Foscari. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.
I'm not sure how the Daily Mail arrived at the unfortunate headline "An Unlikely Fan: Why Opera's Biggest Star, Domingo Placido Is Crazy For Lady Gaga." The obvious hed goof aside, it's not like Domingo gives La Gaga effusive praise: "I think Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice.
Jill Pasternak speaks with classical guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. During the last three decades, Mr. Barrueco's international tours have taken him to some of the most important musical centers in the world. And his recording catalogue includes over a dozen CDs covering the majority of the guitar repertoire. Mr. Barrueco's recording of the famed Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, with Placido Domingo conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, is considered by many critics to be the finest rendition of this work to date.