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Hello, Young [and Doomed] Lovers: This Weekend, Tulsa Opera Presents Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette"

Aired on Thursday, February 12th.

This weekend -- just in time for Valentine's Day -- Tulsa Opera will offer two performances of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." This classic opera will be staged on Friday the 13th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:30pm, with both productions happening at the Tulsa PAC. As is noted of this work at the Tulsa Opera website: "Shakespeare's classic tale of young love has enjoyed countless interpretations, but none more beautiful than Gounod's sumptuous 'Roméo et Juliette.' The story of ill-fated lovers from Verona's rival Montague and Capulet clans comes to life through a series of stunning duets, swashbuckling sword fights, and Juliet's beautiful aria, 'Je veux vivre.' [This staging of] 'Romeo and Juliet' marks the return of Tulsa's favorite soprano, opera star Sarah Coburn, in the role of Juliet, and Daniel Montenegro makes a much-anticipated debut as Romeo. Stage director Crystal Manich makes her Tulsa Opera debut." Our guest on today's ST tells us all about this production: Kostis Protopapas has been the artistic director of Tulsa Opera since 2008.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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