Evening at the Opera

WMNR's Evening at the Opera began in 1983 with three rotating hosts: Doug Fox, John Hebel, and Paul Whiten. Since then it has flourished, thanks to 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, Octavio Choy and Dominique Johnson.

This Month

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

all 2017 programs

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

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

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

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

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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