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2008.11.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Classical 90.7 KVNO Broadcasts 23-Week Season of Met Opera

Omaha - On Saturday, Nov. 29, Classical 90.7 KVNO kicks off The Metropolitan Opera’s 78th broadcast season, with a live broadcast of Berlioz’ “The Damnation of Faust.” The station will broadcast live a different, full opera each Saturday for 22 weeks, plus the popular “Met Audition Finals.”

“With any radio station that broadcasts classical music, opera is always a consideration,” said KVNO Music Director James Arey. “We have been working for quite some time to technologically, artistically and financially support the arrival of the Metropolitan Opera.”

In its 125th anniversary season, the Metropolitan Opera is world renowned for engaging superior artists and presenting American premieres of some of the most important works in the repertory. Its radio broadcast remains the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history, and is now heard in 42 countries.

Arey said that many listeners will know well a number of operas, such as Madama Butterfly and La Bohème, but that a full season of unique, live broadcasts offers unparalleled access to a rich variety. This season, audiences will hear two full Verdi operas, Mozart’s Magic Flute in its entirety, three Puccini operas, Richard Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle, and American composer, John Adams' newest opera, Doctor Atomic.

“KVNO is ahead of some larger metropolitan areas that broadcast no opera on the radio, and listeners may only be able to hear the Met online,” Arey said. “The superior portability of radio allows you to enjoy every one of the 23 productions this season – in your home, your car or even in your garden."

Arey said a handful of Met operas are shown in four local movie theatres. But the entire 23-week Metropolitan Opera broadcast series is available only on Classical 90.7 KVNO.

The station will also stream live Met Opera broadcasts on www.kvno.org. Synopses, artist biographies, production photos, sound clips, background information, and teacher study guides for every opera in the 2008-09 broadcast season are available at www.operainfo.org.

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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