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Met preview: "The Hours" by Kevin Puts

"The Hours" by Kevin Puts
The Metropolitan Opera
"The Hours" by Kevin Puts

This Saturday's matinee broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera features "The Hours" by Kevin Puts. The Pulitzer-Prize winning composer's hit new opera, which played to sold-out audiences during its world-premiere production last season, triumphantly returns. The original trio of legendary divas—sopranos Renée Fleming and Kelli O’Hara and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato—reprise their celebrated portrayals of three women from different eras whose lives are connected through Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen also returns as the dying author Richard, and Kensho Watanabe conducts Phelim McDermott’s gripping staging of this heart-wrenching drama, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel and the Oscar-winning film it inspired.

Joshua Borths gives us a preview and you can typically hear his segments on my "Afternoon Classical" show each Friday afternoon just before 5pm. Tune in to hear "The Hours" Saturday afternoon, May 18th at 1pm on VPM Music, 93.1 and 107.3 in central Virginia and streaming online here at!

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music

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