Chicago to Get Telecast of Volpe Gala After All

Classic Arts News   Chicago to Get Telecast of Volpe Gala After All
Chicago public television viewers will get to see the Metropolitan Opera's May 20 gala concert bidding farewell to general manager Joseph Volpe, the city's WTTW announced.

As previously reported, WTTW has scheduling conflicts that prevent it from airing the special on June 1, when it will be seen on many stations across the country, or at another time during the week-long period when the Met has authorized broadcast. But the station has now given permission to WYCC, another Chicago public television station, to air the event.

WYCC will broadcast the concert on June 4 starting at 7 p.m. CT.

WTTW also said that it would present the concert on its high-definition cable channel, WTTWD, on June 4 at 9 a.m.

"We hope this partnership with WYCC will mark the beginning of an era of increased cooperation between our two public television stations," said Dan Schmidt, president and CEO of WTTW. "We were originally told that the broadcast rights would extend to one year after the national feed, and had an afternoon slot selected in July. When the rights expiration date was moved up, we felt it was important to make this program available to our viewers, and our agreement with WYCC has enabled us to do that."

The concert included performances by Ren_e Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Plšcido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Karita Mattila, Olga Borodina, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson, and Ildar Abdrazakov, among other leading singers.

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