Classical music

Fidelio | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 27, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 1 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. 

Jamie Paisley

It is currently ranked as the 8th most performed opera in the world, according to operabase.com and this week, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro walks down the aisle of MSU’s Fairchild Theater.


Idomeneo | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 19, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 25 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. 

Guillaume Tell | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 12, 2017
Met Opera's main charcter on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 18 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi.

La Traviata | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 9, 2017
Met Opera' main charcters on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Did you know that Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire?! 

Werther | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 26, 2017

Sat. Mar. 4 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio |  One of opera’s greatest depictions of impossible love, Werther is based on Goethe’s epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Image courtesy of Mark Rucker

During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


Rusalka | Meropolitan Opera

Feb 19, 2017
Kristine Opolais underwater playing the role of Mary Zimmerman
Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 25 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” 

I Puritani | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 12, 2017
Diana Damrau on stage as Rosina
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 18 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel. 

Credit: J. Henry Fair — Timothy Muffitt

An extended interview with guitarist Sharon Isbin and Maestro Timothy Muffitt about her upcoming projects, creating unique concert opportunities, and learning more about why Maestro Muffitt chose the pieces he did for the upcoming "From Spain to the Americas" concert February 11th at the Wharton Center.
The original version can be found here.


Carmen | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 5, 2017
A scene from Bizet's Carmen.
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as Bizet’s immortal Gypsy heroine. 

Rigoletto | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 30, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 4 at 1pm  on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960. 

Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


Met Opera main character
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro.

Romeo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 15, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects.

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