Set in 15th-century northern Spain, Il trovatore tells the story of Manrico, a gypsy troubadour who has fallen in love with the Duchess of Aragon. However, the Count di Luna is also attracted to Aragon, and when he attempts to take her from Manrico, the troubadour takes the count’s life in a duel, not realizing they were brothers, and that his mother Azucena actually stole him from a family of royals many years ago.
This month's Applause broadcast, on Sunday at 5 pm with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia under Guest Conductor James Judd, features music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, with guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas playing the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra, plus an encore.
Judd then conducts the youthful String Symphony No. 9 by the teenaged Felix Mendelssohn. Sunday, November 17th at 5 pm on WRTI.
Let's have some fun! Which recording of the famous aria "Quando m'en vo" also known as "Musetta's Waltz" is your favorite? Musetta sings the aria in the second act of Puccini's LA BOHEME. Please let us know in the comments section below. Join us for 12 hours of operatic delight on WRTI's Opera Day on November 16th, 6 am to 6 pm - and listen to an archival recording of Puccini's LA BOHEME at 1 pm.
Join WRTI's Jeff Duperon as he hosts his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum’s Art After 5 music performance series is featuring pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans on Friday night starting at 5:45 pm. A true example of Philadelphia jazz at its finest, Evans has managed to bring his music all over the world, and is a mainstay on New York stages as well as the stages here in his hometown.
Join us on Opera Day 2013 to hear an outstanding 1946 performance of Puccini's LA BOHEME, conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and an all-star cast of soloists. Pledge $365 on November 16th between 6 am and 6 pm and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection on 85 CDs and a bonus DVD.
You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this Sunday, November 17 at 1 pm. It's the Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall.