The Front Row, Thursday, 04/16/2009

Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus, baritone Scott Hendricks, and Met Opera National Council Auditions winner, tenor Eric Cutler, give us a preview of H-G-O's new production of Verdi's Rigoletto plus some perspective on their respective roles as the opera's title-character and his boss, the licentious Duke of Mantua...
KUHF's Catherine Lu, hosts a session from the George Geary Performance Studio featuring performances by classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon and Grisha Goryachev who are both presenting recitals in the Houston area this weekend. Listen. Download.

Baritone Scott Hendricks appears as the hunch-backed jester of the opera's title … and tenor Eric Cutler is his boss, the lecherous Duke of Mantua, in Houston Grand Opera's new staging of Giuseppe Verdi's musical tragedy, Rigoletto. Listen. Download.

Janet Lowery curated the series of readings that will take place in the Literary Tent at this year's Houston International Festival "Spotlight on Ireland" … this Saturday and Sunday … and again next weekend … in the squares and streets surrounding City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. Rick Mitchell is the International Festival's Director of Programming and booked all of the performing groups who will appear on I-Fest's TWELVE performance stages. They both speak with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Listen. Download.