Rex Levang Feature Archive

Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion — and we'll offer five pieces that make that claim, right in their titles, on Morning Glories all week long. (10/21/2013)
Tune in at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 for a live broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" from the Metropolitan Opera. Whatever the shortcomings of its very first performance, Verdi gave "La Traviata" all the elements needed to endow it with lasting success. (03/29/2013)
Next week on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate some of the other ones. We'll take five pieces that live in the shade of their celebrated siblings, and shine the spotlight on them, for once. (03/11/2013)
Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. CT to hear Verdi's <em>Don Carlo</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In prep for that performance, here are 10 facts which you might not know about the opera. (03/08/2013)
Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories. This week, Osmo V&auml;nsk&auml; turns 60. We'll celebrate with five recordings from his voluminous discography. (02/25/2013)
Listen to <em>Carmen</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera, on Saturday, February 23, at 11:30 a.m. Learn more about the opera with these ten facts, ranging from basic to obscure, about its history. (02/22/2013)
Here's the Opera Quiz question for today: In what comedy by Rossini does a count appear in disguise, not once but twice? Tune into hear the answer on the Met Opera broadcast, February 2, 2013 at noon. (02/01/2013)
Tune in at noon on Saturday, January 12 to hear the Met Opera perform Verdi's classic opera. (01/11/2013)
This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera notes the holiday weekend with a special performance of Rossini's Barber of Seville. Enjoy a slideshow from the production and tune into Classical MPR at noon on Saturday, December 22nd to hear it. (12/22/2012)
The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Aida this weekend at 12 noon Central, on radio and HD. (12/14/2012)
This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera begins its new broadcast season with Verdi's "Un ballo in Maschera" (A Masked Ball). (12/08/2012)
This weekend, a new Metropolitan Opera broadcast season begins. Here's a little quiz to get you in the operatic mood. We'll start with some easy ones - but also get into some less familiar repertoire. (12/07/2012)
Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories. Fall is coming, so this week we're playing seasonal pieces. (09/17/2012)
It's September, and the school year is starting up, so here's a classical quiz. (09/12/2012)
Saturday is Bastille Day, the national holiday of France. Take our Bastille Day quiz, and test your knowledge of Debussy, Saint-Saens and Bizet! (07/11/2012)