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WRTI's Annual Opera Day is November 14th: Curated by YOU!

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.

They'll be playing your requests and sharing your opera memories throughout the day, highlighted by the 1 PM broadcast of Puccini's TOSCAfrom La Scala, starring soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role. You'll also hear arias from this sensational new tenor duet albumfrom Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres.

Support opera on WRTI by calling 1-866-809-9784 or contribute here.

WRTI brings you opera broadcasts 52 Saturdays a year, from the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera, and other great opera companies from around the world, including home-grown performances from AVA, Opera Philadelphia, and Opera Delaware. We know how much our listeners value and cherish opera on WRTI, and so on Opera Day, we're also asking you to support these broadcasts and keep opera thriving on WRTI—for current and future operavores.

Support opera on WRTI by calling 1-866-809-9784 or contribute here.
Opera Day Contest!
Five lucky winners will each win: 

  • A season subscription to the Opera Philadelphia Channel. Enjoy the full Opera Philadelphia season, PLUS additional discussions and programming on your computer, tablet, or smart TV from the comfort of your home! 
  • A $100 Visa gift card. Just in time for the holidays! 
  • Puccini: Tosca (Live 2-CD Remastered) – Soprano Leontyne Price sings the title role, with tenor Franco Corelli as Mario Cavaradossi and baritone Cornell MacNeill as Baron Scarpia. Kurt Adler conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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A Philadelphia native, Mark grew up in Roxborough and at WRTI has followed in the footsteps of his father, William, who once hosted a music program on the station back in the '50s.