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Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" is a wild mix of — as Minnesota Opera pitches it — "comedy, classism, and calamity." The celebrated opera is currently being presented by Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. But you can hear Classical MPR's live broadcast of the production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Host Melissa Ousley will be joined by Dale Johnson of Minnestoa Opera.

Originally a play by Pierre Beaumarchais, "The Marriage of Figaro" is the second of three plays that make up the Figaro trilogy. The first is "The Barber of Seville" and the last is "The Guilty Mother." In addition to Mozart, Paisiello, Rossini, Milhaud and Corigliano are some of the composers that have transformed the Figaro trilogy plays into operas. Every day this week at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR have been playing a standout work from the Figaro canon. On Thursday you can hear "Voi che sapete" from Mozart's opera, and on Friday listen to John Corigliano's "Once there was a golden bird" from "The Ghosts of Versailles."


Noteworthy News

Flicks in Five: When Harry Met Sally
Whenever there's a listener request show on Saturday Cinema or Flicks in Five, 1989's "When Harry Met Sally invariably comes up.

The art of writing (and cello playing)!
Writer and professional musician Edward Kelsey Moore joins Steve Staruch during this week's Friday Favorites.

Minnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Emma Taggart
Emma Taggart from Blaine, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2017 Showcase Artist. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her latest news.

Choral Featured Album: 'Alice Parker: Heavenly Hurt'
In their new release, musicians of Melodious Accord perform songs on poems by Emily Dickinson with music by Alice Parker.

Minnesota Orchestra: Debut of Venezuela's Rafael Payare
The Minnesota Orchestra returns for a live broadcast Friday night with "Sheherazade," but it's probably not the one you're used to hearing. And the conductor on the podium is probably not one you're used to seeing.

Moveable Feast: Here's to Minnesota's beer scene
The Minnesota brewery scene has positively exploded since brewery legislation changed in 2011 to allow breweries to sell their own beer on-site in a taproom.

Daily Download: Frederic Chopin - Nocturne No. 5
Get a free MP3 of Frederic Chopin - Nocturne No. 5, performed by Idil Biret, piano.

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November 18, 2017
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