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Archive for October 8, 2013

Muti’s Soloist: What It’s Like

Ildar Abdrazakov

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov will be spending Verdi’s 200th with the most sought-after Verdi conductor of our time. It wont be in Parma or in Milan, but in Chicago. That conductor, for anyone who’s been hibernating for the last four years, is Riccardo Muti. Abdrazakov considers himself the luckiest bass baritone in the world

Did You Miss Bill?

Exploring Music host, Bill McGlaughlin

Two Weeks of Verdi, 7:00 PM After more than ten years of creating topic-based shows for Exploring Music, we have embarked upon the subject of Giuseppe Verdi. If the absence of this composer serves as any indication, Verdi is a daunting topic. He wrote 28 operas, plus the Requiem, a Quartet, and other works. It’s more…

Simon Boccanegra on Tuesday Night

Thomas Hampson

(8:00 PM) Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra is based on an historical figure, the first doge of Genoa. In Chicago, Verdi’s opera was produced just last season at Lyric Opera with Thomas Hampson singing the title character. Listen to Thomas Hampson speaking about his character