Rex Levang Feature Archive

The Metropolitan Opera presents Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus', which airs at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. (01/11/2014)
It's going to be a waltz-filled week, between the New Year's Day concert from Vienna, and Learning to Listen, devoted to the waltzes of Strauss. On Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some other composers who have been beguiled by three-quarter time. (12/30/2013)
It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today. (12/16/2013)
Tune in at noon for a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Falstaff</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares eight facts about the opera to enhance your enjoyment of it. (12/14/2013)
This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky &#151; let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete <i>Nutcracker</i>, Wednesday night at 8.) (12/09/2013)
Tune in at 11:30 a.m. for a live broadcast of Verdi's <i>Rigoletto</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Ever since its first performance in Venice in 1851, <i>Rigoletto</i> has been a hit with audiences, and a standard in the opera repertory. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares some insights about the story and its characters. (12/07/2013)
This week on Morning Glories, we're presenting performances by one of the world's finest choirs as we look forward to its appearance in Minnesota later this month. (11/04/2013)
Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion &#151; 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)