Classical Music

NEPR: Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays, 1 -5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

A wide selection of the most appealing classical music from every era, with special emphasis on new releases and music of timely interest. Tune in for Classical Music weekdays with John Nowacki (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and Walter Carroll (1 - 4 p.m. Continue listening through the evening to Overnight Classical with Peter Van de Graaff, Sunday Baroque with Suzanne Bona, and Sunday Classical Music. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Saturday, December 1, and run though May 11. Steve Petke plays classical following the opera as program permits. See classical music programs playlists

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Barber of Seville
Liza Voll Photography / Boston Lyric Opera

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.

Liza Voll Photography / BOSTON LYRIC OPERA

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

Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Fall finds organist Christopher Houlihan taking up new duties as the John Rose College Organist and Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  

Duo Orfeo guitarist Joseph Ricker (left) & NEPR's John Nowacki (right)
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer comprise the Duo Orfeo. They've been described as "brilliant" and "wild-thinking artists," and are known for bringing to life an eclectic and relevatory classical guitar repertory. 

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