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WQXR Launches Radio Edition of 'OPERAVORE'

January 23, 2013 | By Jennifer Houlihan
Director of Publicity
(New York, NY – January 8, 2013) -- Beginning Saturday, January 19, opera diehards and newbies alike will have a new way to get the scoop on the greatest spectacle that music can offer – the wonderful world of opera.

Airing every every Saturday at 12:30pm ET on 105.9 FM in New York and online at, the new show extends OPERAVORE’s online offerings, which WQXR launched in January 2012 as a news site and all-opera webstream.

Hosted by WQXR’s NAOMI LEWIN, OPERAVORE will keep the pulse of the opera scene, delighting fans with opera news bulletins from the around the globe, previews of new recordings, and interviews with the players and personalities on the scene

MARILYN HORNE, America’s legendary mezzo, will be on hand each week to give an insider’s take on stories and productions, as well as to interview bold-faced names from outside the opera space – including highly successful playwright Terrance McNally (Master Class and Golden Age); US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and beloved star of TV and stage, Tyne Daly, who performed the role of Maria Callas in McNally’s Master Class – on their personal relationship with the genre. Weekly commentary will be provided by LA CIECA, the alter ego of critic and opera enthusiast JAMES JORDEN, who presides over the popular opera fan website, Parterre Box. OPERAVORE blogger FRED PLOTKIN, hailed by The Robb Report as “[knowing] more about opera than probably any other American,” will offer opinion and insight.

“We are thrilled to launch this new show as the perfect next step in WQXR’s expanded opera coverage,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR. “Since launching Operavore last January, we have been plugged into the passionate, vibrant audience for ‘everything opera’. The new show aims to appeal to both those who know a little and those who know a lot about opera using humor, music, engaging guests and up-to-the-minute news.”

OPERAVORE will air every Saturday from January 19 – May 25, 2013. The producer is Elaine Warner, who formerly produced the weekly Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. The OPERAVORE radio show will launch as a limited-run series to complement WQXR’s weekly broadcasts of live and recorded full-length works from the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Houston Grand Opera.

OPERAVORE is WQXR’s website dedicated to opera, featuring breaking news, expert commentary, and reviews by writers Fred Plotkin, David Patrick Stearns, Marion Lignana Rosenberg and Amanda Angel. It also includes a 24/7 stream of classic and contemporary opera recordings, available at

Central Park West Dentistry is the exclusive sponsor of OPERAVORE.

WQXR 105.9 FM and is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, and the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR also operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos. The free WQXR app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.

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