Then & Now 11/29: Time for Some Opera!

Then & Now 11/29: Time for Some Opera!

On this date in 1825, the United States had its first taste of authentic Italian opera, with a performance of Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," at New York City's Park Theater.  The production's singers were drawn mostly from one Spanish family led by its patriarch Manuel Garcia, a tenor renowned in Europe and for whom the role of Count Almaviva was written, and he performed at the opera's premiere in Rome nine years earlier.

Opera returns to the radio this Saturday as we kick off another great season of live broadcasts from the Met with the Verdi Requiem!  The year’s season will feature two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three new productions; and to kick it all off it’s a performance of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem.  Join us as the Metropolitan Opera returns to WSMR this Saturday 1:00!