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West Virginia Public Broadcasting is proud to announce a new program from America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) founder Christopher Kimball, Milk Street Radio. With ATK ceasing production of its radio show (television will continue) at year-end, the timing of Kimball’s new adventure couldn’t be more perfect.

Remembering Phyllis Curtin - Opera Singer, West Virginian

Jun 13, 2016

Phyllis Curtin died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. You can't say her death was a surprise, but I'm sad all the same. It's good though, to remember who she was and what she was to American music.

Phyllis Curtin was an operatic and concert soprano. Summers were spent teaching at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. She held important faculty positions at Yale, and later directed my alma mater, the School for the Arts at Boston University (sadly for me, after my time).

Bizet's Carmen in HD

Oct 29, 2014

There is no other woman in the world of opera like Carmen, the stunning Spanish gypsy, who is as passionate in her loves as she is for her freedom, totally unfettered by any code.

An operatic tour-de-force, Carmen will be sung in French with English supertitles  during the simulcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to theaters around the world this Saturday, November 1, at 12:55pm. 

Changing from Blue to Red on the Political Spectrum

Sep 4, 2014
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, our election talk show Viewpoint premieres tomorrow morning at 9:00, so we’ll review the state’s changing political pattern.  And, Huntington native Nate May has composed a one man opera about growing up here.

Roxy Todd

Composer and Huntington native Nate May recently finished production on an original two-person music-drama, called Dust in the Bottomland.

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

Aug 29, 2014

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Christy Salters Martin of Wyoming County. A boxing champion, Martin shares her story about surviving domestic violence.  And this weekend in Fairmont, the collections of world famous opera singer Francis Yeend go on the auction block.  Sarah Lowther Hensley tells us what the collection contains. 


Staging the Auction to Sell the Collection of a Lifetime

Aug 26, 2014
Frances Yeend and James Benner at the piano
West Virginia and Regional History Center

More than fifty years of marriage… plus two international performing careers… plus a shared passion for seeking out eclectic and interesting objects… adds up to one remarkable collection. World-famous opera singer Frances Yeend  and her husband amassed just such a collection. It’ll be auctioned off starting this weekend at the Sagebrush Roundup near Fairmont.

Cinderella Meets Prince Charming

May 5, 2014

The story of Cinderella has been passed down from generation to generation in many versions and languages. In the opera “La Cenerentola” by composer Gioachino Rossini and librettist Jacapo Ferretti, there is no fairy godmother, no magic, and no glass slipper.  Cenerentola is treated like a housemaid by her blustery stepfather and her sniping stepsisters until the charming prince marries her and changes her life forever.

Boy Meets Girl - Watch "Werther" in Theatres

Mar 13, 2014
Jonas Kaufmann
Met Opera

Boy meets girl, passionate feelings, unrequited love, societal restraints of duty, hopeless love, tragic ending, all are plot elements in the lyric drama Werther by French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912).

Michael Daniel for Minnesota Opera

Watch Silent Night on Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. on WV PBS.2

Scared to Write a Note

Oct 3, 2013
Copyright owned by Kevin Doyle

Thumbing through a copy of Opera News, an article on opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon revealed some very provocative words:

"The twentieth century is littered with a lot of composers who were terrorized out of writing what they heard-out of writing in ...their authentic voice. There was such a critical backlash against...tonal music. I mean you could write...you were just laughed off the map."