Evening at the Opera

WMNR's Evening at the Opera began in 1983 with three rotating hosts: Doug Fox, John Hebel, and Paul Whiten. The program flourished under Doug Fox who broadcast for 33 years. The program continues with hosts including Barry Gold, Gary Smith, Peter Shimkin, Mel Siegel, Jeffery Johnson, Willie Waters, John Ryden, John Wadhams, James Kuslan, and Octavio Choy.

2018
January 2: Edward Geist: Scenes & Duets for Baritone & Soprano
January 9: Shimkin: On Jonas Kaufmann Part 1
January 16: Willie Anthony Water, Finales & Final Scenes Part 1
January 23: Fund Raising Week with host Jeffrey Johnson
January 30: Barry Gold & Harold Feldheim: Shakespeare in Opera

2017
December 5: Willie Anthony Waters: Puccini and Friends
December 12: Jeffrey Johnson: Excerpts from the 1928 Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde
December 19: Peter Shimkin and Octavio Choi: Hansel & Gretel, “El gato con botas”
December 26: James Kuslan: Werther (Massenet)

November 7: Caramoor Opera transmission: Il Pirata
November 14: Barry Gold on La Forza del Destino
November 21: Mel Siegel: Gurtrude Grob-Prandl
November 28: Peter Shimkin and Octavio Choi: Part 2 of Don Carlos

October 3: John Wadhams: Rigoletto
October 10: James Kuslan and Barry Gold: Jenufa
October 17: Peter Shimkin and Octavio Choi
October 24: Fund Raising Week: On Caruso Recordings
October 31: Mel Siegel: Halloween Special

September 5: Soprano Lynne Strow, with Peter Shimkin and Jeffrey Johnson: 
                      Lesser known Mascagni operas.
September 12: Mel Siegel. Forgotten Italian Tenors of the 1930s
September 19: Peter Shimkin: Joan Sutherland Part 3
September 26: Harold Feldheim and Barry Gold: Duets to Die For

August 1: John Wadhams. Dvorak: Dimitrij
August 8: Jeffrey Johnson. Delibes: Lakmé
August 15: Mel Siegel. Mark Reizen
August 22: Peter Shimkin. Joan Sutherland Part 2
August 29: Jeffrey Johnson. Bellini: Norma

July 4: Jeffrey Johnson: Operatic Parades, Fireworks, and Festivals
July 11: Mel Siegel live in the studio
July 18: Peter Shimkin: Joan Sutherland Part 1
July 25: Barry Gold: Five Mezzos

June 6: Mel Siegel live in the studio
June 13: James Kuslan: Turandot
June 20: Edward Geist: Samuel Barber in Opera and Song
June 27: John Wadhams: Guillaume Tell

May 2: Octavio Choi: Bellini Il Puritani
May 9: Barry Gold and Matthew Jaroszewicz: On Apotheosis Opera Productions
May 16: Mel Siegel: On Giangiacomo Guelfi
May 23: Maestro Willie Anthony Waters
May 30: Peter Shimkin: On Netania Davrath

April 4: Mel Siegel: On Sena Jurinac
April 11: Maestro Willie Anthony Waters: The Unknown Verdi
April 18: Doug Fox: Memorial Program - Part 2, excerpts of Doug's Opera Programs
April 25: Pledge Week: Operatic Favorites

March 7: Mel Siegel: Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie
March 14: Peter Shimkkn; Jon Vickers - Part 1
March 21: Doug Fox Memorial Program - Part 1, Doug's Favorites
March 28: James Kuslan: Adriana Lecouvreur

February 7: Dominique Johnson: Virgil Thomson: Four Saints in Three Acts
February 14: John Ryden: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
February 21: Peter Shimkin: Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride
February 28: Barry Gold: L'Elisir d'amore

January 3: Jeffrey Johnson: Parties, Dances and other operatic celebrations
January 10: Maestro Willie Anthony Waters: Operatic Favorites
January 17: Barry Gold and Harold Feldheim: Highlights from the Ring Part 1
January 24: Ten Top Tenors and La Boheme
January 31: Barry Gold and Harold Feldheim: Highlights from the Ring Part 2


2016 programs
December 27: Peter Shimkin: Minotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors and Rimsky Korsakov: Christmas Eve
December 20: Willie Anthony Waters "Holiday Music by Operatic Composers."
December 13: John Ryden hosts Gounod’s Faust
December 6: John Wadhams hosts Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

November 29: Jeffrey Johnson: L’Oracolo by Leoni
November 22: Octavio Choi: The Art of Montserrat Caballe, part II
November 15: Barry Gold with Roberto Iarussi: The Five Greatest Tenors of the mid-20th Century
November 8: Peter Shimkin: Kiri te Kanawa
November 1: John Ryden: Semele by Handel

October 25 Dominique Johnson: Listener Favorites for Pledge Week
October 18 Barry Gold and Gary Smith: Opera in Other Words
October 11 Peter Shimkin: A potpourri of NYCO Singers
October 4 Doug Fox (pre-recorded): Così fan tutte

Sept. 27 Dominique Johnson: Listener’s Choice: from Mozart Operas
Sept. 20 Mel Siegel on Great Italian Mezzos
Sept. 13 Barry Gold and James Kuslan on Manon Lescault
Sept. 6 Octavio Choi and Peter Shimkin present Early Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano and Alzira

August 30 Doug Fox: Les Troyens
August 23 Peter Shimkin presents Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
August 16 Mel Siegel presents Baritone Friedrich Schorr
August 9 Jeffrey Johnson presents Anna Moffo and Barbara Bonney
August 2 Jeffrey Johnson presents Marschner's Der Vampyr, Hans Heiling

July 26 Peter Shimkin presents Korngold, Die tote Stadt
July 17 Listeners' Choice: Rigoletto with Dominique Johnson
July 12 Mel Siegel features baritone Ettore Bastianini
July 5 Jeffrey Johnson presents Cherubini, Medea and other operas

June 28 Peter Shimkin presents Chaikovskii: The Enchantress
June 21 Mel Siegel presents Ancient Greece in Opera
June 14 Gary Smith presents Wagner's Tannhauser
June 7 Jeffrey Johnson presents Mascagni: Iris and other operas

May 31 Doug Fox Singers of the Holdridge Record Auction Catalog, Part IX
May 24 Barry Gold presents Maestro Willie Walters' Favorite Scenes
May 17 Mel Siegel features tenor Alain Vanzo







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