John Birge Feature Archive

Fifteen years ago, Stephen Paulus wrote a one-act opera called "The Three Hermits". But since then, Paulus wanted to write a second, complimentary opera. That new opera is "The Shoemaker." (09/27/2012)
Cast members from Skylark Opera perform music from Bernstein's "Wonderful Town" in Classical MPR studio. (06/08/2012)
The Escher String Quartet performs on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (05/04/2012)
Minnesota Opera's season finale is Puccini's classic, "Madame Butterfly." The title role is shared equally by two great singers, Kelly Kaduce and Yunah Lee, over the course of eight (nearly sold-out) performances. They were both kind enough to come to Classical MPR to sing and talk to John Birge, along with Minnesota Opera Artistic Director Dale Johnson. (04/13/2012)
On April 13, VocalEssence performs the US premiere of a work by one of Britain's most talented young composers, Tarik O'Regan. O'Regan delved into the work with John Birge of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. (04/12/2012)
Susanna Phillips is heard singing at the Metropolitan Opera, and the great opera houses around the world. At Minnesota Opera March 3-10, she gives voice to Lucia, the unheard heroine of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor. With Classical MPR's John Birge, she sings a guided tour of the opera, including its climactic Mad Scene. And she treats us to a sample of her new CD as well. (03/01/2012)
Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast Minnesota Opera's 2010 production of Rossini's Cinderella, with Roxana Constantinescu and John Tessier, on Wednesday, February 29, at 8 p.m. The broadcast will honor Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday -- or is it his 55th? (02/29/2012)
The University of Minnesota School of Music spans oceans and generations pursuing the power of peace. (02/28/2012)
The Schubert Club, Minnesota oldest arts organization, has a new Director. Barry Kempton's gracious accent reveals his English roots. But Kempton is no stranger to Minnesota. He spent eleven years as Artistic Planner and General Manager of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Now, after five years in England running the London Sinfonia, Kempton is back in Minnesota as the Schubert Club's Artistic and Executive Director. (02/14/2012)
Tenor James Valenti and mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu from the Minnesota Opera came to visit Classical MPR to sing a heart-melting duet, and talk about what makes Massenet's opera Werther so melodramatic, and why Charlotte's heart stays true to him, even after she must marry another man. (01/20/2012)
John Birge lists the works in his playlist for "healthy cooking." (01/10/2012)
The Reverend Bates Burt wrote those words for "Let Christmas Be Merry," a carol he composed for Christmas 1933. For the 2011 holiday, Burt's great-granddaughter, Abbie Burt Betinis, is still writing songs that express "the spirit that blesses" at Christmas. (12/19/2011)
Classical MPR will be airing La Traviata on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Enjoy this feature on soprano Elizabeth Futral and don't forget to tune in! (11/01/2011)
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and VocalEssence play with matches (10/07/2011)
Everyone agrees: college music education must change in order to prepare music students for an ever-changing environment. Music schools woke up to offering classes on the business of music decades ago; what's needed now? (10/04/2011)