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For immediate release
June 3, 2002
Contact:
NPR:Laura Gross,
202-513-2304,
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Lisa Simeone Named Host of World of Opera

WASHINGTON-Lisa Simeone takes over as host of World of Opera from NPR®, effective the first week of July 2002. Simeone has more than 20 years of hosting and news experience in television and radio. Most recently, she was the host of Weekend All Things Considered® from NPR News. Simeone has also served as a guest host for NPR's classical music program, Performance Today®.

"I love opera," said Simeone. "And I love the fact that this position will still allow me to freelance and do outside projects. I've always said that I would never sever my connection with NPR completely, so I'm delighted that I'll be working on a show with some of the network's most creative people and some of the world's greatest music."

Added Benjamin Roe, NPR's new director of music, "Lisa's vivacious personality, wit and deep knowledge of the art form make her, in my opinion, the ideal host for an opera program. I'm absolutely thrilled that she'll be bringing her unique style back to NPR's music programming."

World of Opera brings listeners a wealth of operatic productions each season. The program consistently delivers compelling performances by top American and international opera companies. Whether presenting a striking treatment of an old favorite or spectacular performances of recent works, World of Opera does so with the cultured finesse public radio listeners nationwide have grown to expect from NPR. More than 430,000 people listen to the program on 105 public radio stations each week. For a list of public radio stations that carry World of Opera, visit www.npr.org/members.

Simeone has also worked as an announcer for NPR member stations WETA-FM in Washington and WJHU-FM and WBJC-FM in Baltimore. She has hosted the nationally syndicated public radio documentary series Soundprint, for which she also produced three documentaries. For 13 seasons she was the host of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Casual Concerts. Simeone was born in Pittsburgh and earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., and her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. She currently resides in Baltimore.