Hamlet Madness!

Just a friendly reminder about WQXR’s March Madness celebration of famous operatic mad scenes with daily full opera streams at 2pm each weekday!

Today’s selection is Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas, featuring a mad scene by Hamlet’s paramour, Ophelia.  Joan Sutherland sings it in the video above, and in today’s stream!  Enjoy!


I don’t know enough about football to pun…

Operavore, the Opera-dedicated division of WQXR, New York’s public classical music radio station, will be celebrating March Madness in its own way this week, with a full streaming opera each weekday at 2pm, each having some notable “mad scene”.  The week’s full schedule, from Mozart’s Idomeneo to Bernstein’s Candide, is available here; the Operavore stream can be listened to on the WQXR website.

In keeping with the sports theme, a new opera about Bum Phillips, American football coach, premiered in New York at La MaMa last week, and is up through the end of the month.  Commissioned by the collective Monk Parrots, with music by Peter Stopschinski and libretto by Kirk Lynn, it was apparently live-streamed earlier today  : P  How did I miss that!?