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November 7, 2005
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Michael Feinstein Named Co-Host of NPR's Live Broadcast of Porgy and Bess, on November 12

Sirius Satellite Radio, CBC Join NPR Member Stations in Airing Special Broadcast

Washington, D.C. - Michael Feinstein - performer, multi-GRAMMY® nominee and Gershwin expert - has been named co-host of NPR's special live broadcast of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on November 12, as part of its weekly World of Opera series.

Feinstein and World of Opera host Lisa Simeone will present the program, which has just added Sirius Satellite Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to its lineup. They join more than 100 NPR Member stations across the U.S. and twenty-six European broadcasters through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Additionally, the live broadcast can be heard through streaming audio on

The NPR broadcast features the new production of Porgy and Bess by the Washington National Opera; the program will capture the actual Saturday matinee performance on November 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the debut of the musical production, considered America's finest opera.

Feinstein, an acclaimed vocalist and pianist, brings a unique insight to the broadcast since he is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated archivists of American popular music. For more than 30 years, he has chronicled, catalogued, preserved, protected and recorded the work of many American masters. For six years, he worked for Ira Gershwin, George's brother, on the family's vast record collection.

Simeone and Feinstein will feature interviews with cast members and others involved in the special production, including WNO General Director Plácido Domingo. The program will also offer commentary and features that explore the landmark opera's history, the personalities behind it and its social context over 70 years.

NPR's World of Opera is the only year-round series on U.S. radio devoted exclusively to presentations of live opera recorded around the world - covering the breadth of styles, centuries and subjects that make up this lively art form.

To find your local World of Opera station and information on the audio webcast visit

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