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A collection of discussions between special guests and Music Director and midday host, Julia Figueras.

On Record with Matthew Straw and Lester Lynch

Conductor Matthew Straw (l.) and baritone Lester Lynch (r.)

It's opera week with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and this time it's Verdi's masterwork Rigoletto. RPO Assistant Conductor Matthew Straw and Rigoletto himself, baritone Lester Lynch came by our studios to chat with Julia Figueras about the drama and controversy that swirled around Rigoletto, and how the world of opera is changing in wonderful ways.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras was the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI Classical until June 30, 2023 when she retired after more than 26 years of service. She also hosted the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.