"Cyrano" featured in Detroit Public TV and WRCJ 90.9 FM broadcasts
As Dr. David DiChiera's "Cyrano" prepares for its October 13 debut at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Public TV (Channel 56) and classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 have scheduled special broadcasts to showcase and celebrate the world-premiere opera.
Curtain Call to Cyrano, a half-hour behind-the-scenes documentary that reveals the making of Edmond Rostand's classic love story, Cyrano de Bergerac, into DiChiera's first major opera, airs Sunday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. on WTVS. Locally produced by Eclipse Creative, the special offers DiChiera's commentary on the crafting of his original score, plus a look at the costume and set design processes, the casting and various challenges of creating the opera.
The stage is set for the first-ever live radio broadcast of the Michigan Opera Theatre's performance of "Cyrano" on Sunday, October 28, beginning at 2 p.m. on WRCJ. WRCJ's Kelly Rinne and Dr. David DiChiera will host the broadcast and provide interviews and backstage insights during the intermissions of the three-act opera. Funding for the radio broadcast has been provided by The Kresge Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
The live airing of "Cyrano" is the first of five upcoming MOT performances that are planned for broadcast on WRCJ 90.9 FM, including: Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on November 4; Bellini's "La Sonnambula," to be presented live with Richard Bonynge conducting on April 6; Puccini's "La Rondine" on April 13; and "La Traviata" on May 4.
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