Robert Galbraith Commences as Host of WCPE Opera House Dec. 6

Shakespearean Inspired Opera to be Highlighted

Wake Forest, NC, November 28, 2007 --( announces today that Robert Galbraith, founding artistic director of the Opera Company of North Carolina, will begin his tenure as host of the WCPE Opera House on Thursday, December 6. Galbraith looks to build upon the legacy of the late Al Ruocchio and will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” as the first performance in a three-month celebration of Shakespearean-inspired operas.

“I am looking forward to embracing a new aspect of presenting opera to the community,” says Galbraith. “Radio is new to me. I look forward to extending my audience and honoring Al Ruocchio’s work.”

Based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV,” the Verdi opera will feature renowned baritone Tito Gobbi as Falstaff. In an interview with Opera magazine, Michael Langdon said, “Gobbi belonged to that special breed that so combine singing and acting that they become inseparable – the complete art form demanded by opera at its sublime best.”

WCPE Opera House has been a regular feature of each Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET since April 1980.

To honor legendary host Al Ruocchio, WCPE will air a previously recorded Ruocchio presentation once a month during the Opera House time slot.

WCPE’s live broadcast of Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day can be accessed around the globe in several ways; on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, local cable television systems and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at:

About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Other radio stations and cable television systems can rebroadcast Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at For more information, visit TheClassicalStation.Org or call 1-800-556-5178.

Brian Van Norman