Overture with Mark Pinto

Saturday, 12 noon to 1 PM

Join Mark Pinto for a musical prelude to the afternoon's opera broadcast with an hour of instrumental and vocal music from the world of opera. 

You'll hear overtures, ballet music, and suites, along with transcriptions and paraphrases. Arias, duets, choruses and ensembles, in classic and contemporary recordings, will also be featured. It's a delightful mix that will set the stage for your afternoon opera.

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What's the best way to listen to Saturday matinee broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera? On WRTI, of course! Join us on Saturdays at 1 PM for the entire 2020/2021 season of encore opera broadcasts starting on December 5th at 1 PM. Due to COVID-19, all broadcasts are pre-recorded from previous seasons.

Join the fun for this year's Opera Day when we make you, our listeners, the stars of the show! Debra Lew Harder, Bliss Michelson, Mark Pinto, and Melinda Whiting will be your hosts for 12 hours of all things operatic on Saturday, November 14th from 6 am to 6 pm.

Opera fans, take note! WRTI's Annual Opera Day is coming up on Saturday, November 14th. This year, to make it extra special, we're taking your requests!

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WRTI honors the memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with special programming on Saturday, September 26th during Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, and Overture with Mark Pinto. Stay tuned to hear our weekly opera broadcast, which just happens to be what was one of Justice Ginsburg's favorite operas, Mozart's Don Giovanni.

As leader of the internationally acclaimed Opera Philadelphia, David Devan is accustomed to an incredibly busy schedule with frequent travel and hosting cast parties, donor events, and other large gatherings in his Philadelphia loft.

WRTI Classical Host Mark Pinto, a tenor who sings in a bunch of local choirs, is performing with the Wayne Oratorio Society in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA. Mark's lovely wife Donna, a soprano, will also be singing. 

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Fasten your seatbelts. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with music of cosmic proportions!

WRTI host Mark Pinto will be at Wayne Presbyterian Church on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm singing with 160 vocalists of the Wayne Oratorio Society in a free concert open to the public.

Today Is Opera Day on WRTI 90.1

Nov 8, 2017

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera, from 6 am to 6 pm, hosted by WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder, Gregg Whiteside, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis. Contribute now or call 1-866-809-9784 to help make Opera Day a big success!

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Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heart-stoppingly beautiful music—that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made.