It’s Still Opera Season
If you appreciate opera, whether casually or fanatically, you already know that fall, winter and spring Saturday afternoons are something to be anticipated on KMFA. That’s when — thanks to the generous support of Sarah and Ernest Butler — KMFA presents the weekly Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network broadcasts, bringing listeners a different opera each week from the stage of one of the most renowned and active opera companies in the world.
Radio has been called “theater of the mind,” and KMFA listeners are able to conjure up the visual elements of Met Opera productions thanks to the detailed descriptions of the program hosts and our own vivid imaginations. Now, a recent New York Times web feature will enable you to view the backstage doings of the Metropolitan Opera House even more clearly.
A March 21, 2013 New York Times Magazine article spotlighted Met general manager Peter Gelb, his leadership of The Met, and the company’s recent $16 million production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Major updates are planned for the stage’s currently-used traditional tech systems (many of which have been in place since the house opened in 1966).
Knowing that these tech systems are to be renovated or replaced over the next several years with integrated, computerized ones, the New York Times (a world leader in producing online interactive news features) complemented its article on Peter Gelb by publishing an intriguing and informative interactive look backstage at the Met: “Inside the Metropolitan’s Stage.” (On a personal note: This online interactive – with its moving graphics and time-lapse video – was the single item that enticed me to read the report on Peter Gelb and his leadership of The Met. Not the other way around.) Want to learn more? Investigate the backstage workings at The Met here.
Specifically KMFA, specifically for You:
Never to be outdone by The Met, KMFA will present its own live broadcast of The Austin Lyric Opera’s 2013 production of Charles Gounod’s Faust, at 2:30PM, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Cheryl Dring and Jeffrey Blair will be your on-air hosts from The Long Center for the Performing Arts on KMFA, Classical 89.5 FM (Austin) and online at http://kmfa.org/. The magic of opera, the magic of radio!
The Met will continue its Ring revival (started on April 6 with Das Rheingold with performances of Die Walküre on April 13, Siegfried on April 20, and Götterdämmerung on May 11 – all to be carried live on Classical 89.5
We’d love to hear about some of your favorite operatic moments (Wagnerian or otherwise)!
~posted by Whit Martin-Whitaker, KMFA’s Saturday morning host