Western’s radio station WWCU-FM (Power 90.5) to carry Metropolitan Opera

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s FM radio station, WWCU-FM (Power 90.5), once again will bring the prestigious Metropolitan Opera to the regional airwaves for the 2004-05 season.

The university’s radio station will carry the entire upcoming 20-production season, beginning Saturday, Dec. 11, with Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani” and continuing on successive Saturday afternoons until the season-ending “La Clemenza di Tito” by Mozart on May 7. Other shows on the schedule include “Rodelinda,” “Othello,” “Turandot,” “Don Carlo,” “Tosca” and “Faust.”

In addition to the 20 live broadcasts, two complete operas from the Metropolitan opera’s broadcast archives will be aired in mid-January.

The broadcasts are heard on an independent network of more than 360 stations in the United States and on stations in 40 countries on five continents. These countries include Canada, Mexico, 27 European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, China and Japan.

For more information and a complete schedule of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2004-05 season visit the Web site www.wwcufm.com and click on the Metropolitan Opera link.