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Midge Woolsey

WQXR Host

 

Midge Woolsey became an announcer at WQXR in 1993. She is currently the midday host. Midge has hosted many television specials for WNET including The Three Tenors Live in Paris and The PBS Millennium project.  She has worked behind the scenes as part of the production team for PBS's Great Performances, the award winning series of international music, dance and drama programs, The American Experience series and The Language of Life with Bill Moyers.

Fundraising for public broadcasting has been one of Midge's unique accomplishments.  Over the years she has hosted many special fundraising events including Josh Groban in Concert and Pavarotti in Central Park.  A performer herself, she has sung in some of New York's most prestigious venues.  Midge has degrees in theater and music and has worked as a director, performer and choreographer.

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Midge Woolsey appears in the following:

Top Three Sexiest Librettos in Opera

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Opera is at its most steamy when passion trumps reason. In this edition of Opera in Brief, we consider three of opera’s sexiest librettos.

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Top Three Operas About Small Town Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three operatic portraits of every day life in the mid 19th century, by Britten, Smetana and Delius.

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Opera in Brief: Top Three Operatic Crowd Scenes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When a great operatic chorus is sung by a gifted group of singers, the choristers often play a starring role. Sometimes they even steal the show.

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Beyond 'Les Miz': Three Operas Based on Victor Hugo Novels

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In anticipation of a new film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, we explore three operatic settings of the French writer's novels.

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The Three Boldest - Yet Unknown - Tchaikovsky Heroines

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Most opera lovers are familiar with Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Lisa in The Queen of Spades, but Tchaikovsky also wrote some fabulous music for several other heroines.

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Three Operas Brought to You by the Letter ‘Z’

Friday, November 09, 2012

Other than Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), how many operas can you name that begin with the letter Z? Consult our Zagat-style guide to find out more.

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Top Three Moments for Verdi's Lady Macbeth

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Verdi's musical transformation of Shakespeare's Macbeth shines the spotlight so brightly on his ruthless and ambitious wife that perhaps the opera should be renamed in her honor.

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Three Reasons Why Wagner’s Rienzi is Rarely Performed

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wagner’s Rienzi is an opera that hardly ever gets produced by major companies. On this edition of Opera in Brief, F. Paul Driscoll names its challenges.

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Top Three Show-Stopping Moments in Verdi's Il Trovatore

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So what if the plot is a little bit far fetched? In this edition of Opera in Brief, we explore three show-stopping moments from Verdi’s masterpiece.

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Four Fabulously Fiery Carmens

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In this edition of Opera in Brief, Driscoll explains the dynamic between the main characters in Carmen, and he identifies four memorable interpreters of the fiery gypsy.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

Verdi's late opera is often described as an "autumnal comedy," reflecting a certain warmth and color that has the flavor of the composer's age and place in life. Find out why.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

"I don’t think Verdi had much of a sense of humor," F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News tells us. Yet he went on to create one of opera's most important comedies.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No, we're not talking about Pagliacci – that’s by Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana isn’t one of them either – that’s by Mascagni.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Now is your chance to learn with this, the first of a series of introductions to major operas, hosted by Midge Woolsey.

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Opera Stars Show Lighter Side at Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The seventh annual Opera News Awards took place Sunday night at the Plaza Hotel. Host Midge Woolsey caught up with the winners.

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Opera News Awards Preview

Friday, April 27, 2012

F. Paul Driscoll, the editor in chief of Opera News magazine, gives us the inside scoop on this year's honorees. They are two sopranos, two baritones and a stage director.

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The South Goes Global at Savannah Music Festival

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Host Midge Woolsey has just returned from Georgia's Savannah Music Festival, which she describes as "a wonderful example of the kind of event that can be created when musical borders are blurred."

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A Music Maker Happy to be a Conduit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adam Abeshouse has a job description that charts many paths: therapist and coach for hyper-sensitive artists; a "microphone junkie" who knows his gear; and a facilitator who understands how music should sound.

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