November 28, 2016
It is with great regret that we must inform you that World of Opera will no longer be produced and distributed by WDAV Classical Public Radio and South Carolina Public Radio. The final episode of the series will be delivered to radio stations on Saturday, December 10th 2016.
The European Broadcasting Union, which has generously provided the recorded live opera performances that are the mainstay of the series, will no longer be able to provide us with these performances. We have explored numerous options for continuing the program but none have been fruitful.
Without the recordings of the EBU, and lacking the staff and resources to negotiate recording and broadcast rights of live opera performances ourselves, we must discontinue the series.
It has been a privilege to serve you with this unique program, and to maintain the tradition begun by NPR several decades ago. We are especially grateful to Lisa Simeone, who has hosted the series since 2002, and to Bruce Scott, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as producer of the series.
Thank you for your listening and support of World of Opera.