Front Row Center

FRIDAYS FROM 7-9 P.M. ON CLASSICAL 101

Each week Christopher Purdy will draw together a program of exciting vocal favorites and unexpected discoveries, featuring both legendary singers of the past and today’s singers of note. You’ll hear opera excerpts, treasures from the song repertoire and highlights from recent releases — all with Christopher’s distinctive wit and passion.

Note: Because Front Row Center features music from historic, brand-new and personal collections, we're unable to provide a comprehensive playlist on our website. If you have questions about what you're hearing or would like to learn more about a show, please call us at 614-292-9678 or email classical101@wosu.org.

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My point of entry for a love of vocal music, back when Mozart was alive, tended to be bloody, loud, flashy operatic melodrama.

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It wasn't as if Leonard Bernstein was looking for work.

By 1953, at the age of 35, Bernstein had already created two Broadway hits and had been on top of the conducting game since his last-minute debut with the New York Philharmonic (a broadcast, yet) 10 years earlier.

leonard bernstein in royal blue shirt holding conducting wand
Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons

On Oct. 22, 1983, the Metropolitan Opera threw an all-day bash celebrating its 100th birthday.

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When I was young and obnoxious, I had very little use for any music that approached large commercial success.

black-and-white photo of soprano Birgit Nilsson in front of a mirror
Svenskt Pressfoto / Wikimedia Commons

Born May 17, 1918, Birgit Nilsson was an extraordinary Swedish soprano.

If you're looking for the best date-night cuddle soundtrack, if you need an outlet for your own joy, passion and despair — or if you just want to have a great time, join me Friday nights at 7 for Classical 101's Front Row Center.

It's a new program, hosted by yours truly, all about opera and more.