Walter Carroll

Classical Music Host

Walter Carroll has been presenting classical music on New England Public Radio since 1989.  His first classical music program was presented on WFCI, the campus station at Franklin College of Indiana.  After graduating from Indiana University, he pursued a theatrical career, which took him to Amsterdam, where he remained for two years.  He spent another nine years in Tokyo, appearing on NHK Radio and Television, dubbing films into English, narrating documentaries and providing voices for other recordings.  Back in the United States he began his public radio career with New Hampshire Public Radio.

He comes by his love of classical music naturally, with a grandmother who was an opera singer, a grandfather who conducted bands and orchestras and uncles who were jazz musicians. He sang with top choirs in high school and college.

Walter continues his passion for theatre, appearing in Shakespeare and modern plays and portraying historical characters in one- and two-person presentations.  

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Boston Lyric Opera’s latest production is an opera version of Margaret Atwood’s novel A Handmaid’s Tale, a story of a dysfunctional future society, staged in the most authentic setting possible, a basketball court. And not just any basketball court, but one at Harvard University, which is the setting for the novel. The first lines of the book refer to a gymnasium converted into a dormitory where the protagonist sleeps. So that’s where the opera will be performed.

Barber of Seville
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In the more than 200 years since its second performance, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) has been one of the most popular of all operas. The first performance was a fiasco, which we'll get to later. 

Rigoletto Ken Howard
Ken Howard

For its third year in a row the Berkshire Opera Festival has produced a hit. Their new production of Verdi's Rigoletto is again very well sung and staged and very enthusiastically received by a packed house at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. There are two more performances this Tuesday, August 28, and Friday, August 31.

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Boston Lyric Opera opened its 2017-2018 with a terrific production of Puccini's Tosca at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

Credit Ken Howard

A year ago the Berkshire Opera Festival brought its first production, Madama Butterfly to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, restoring fully-staged opera to the region after a hiatus of almost a decade. It was a very promising beginning to what we can only hope will become a tradition lasting many more decades.

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