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Andrew Bolt visits RPP FM studios

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98.7 RPP FM’s Opera Favourites program presenters Ron Deane and Errol Rowe welcome guest presenter Andrew Bolt to the RPP FM microphones .

Australian journalist and TV host of The Bolt Report, Andrew Bolt and RPP FM Opera Favourites program presenter Ron Deane & Errol Rower, have something special in common – they all share a passion for Opera.

So Andrew took some time out of his holiday schedule to drop by the RPP FM studios on Monday this week to join Ron and Errol for two hours of Opera Favourites.

Ron, who is a friend of Andrew’s invited him on Opera Favourites this week as a special guest to play some of his most opulent and profound opera’s and operetta’s from Andrew’s private collection.

Andrew shared his opera playlist ‘live to air’ which included Improvisso – Andrea Chenier, Ah! dite alla giovine si bella e pura – La Traviata, Bimba dagli occhi – Madama Butterfly and Lippen schweigen – The Merry Widow.

Chosen composers/arrangers included Offenbach, Wagner, Puccini, Lehar and Strauss and singers – the sensational Pavarotti, Don Cossack Choir and Simone Kermes.

He also revealed he has a great love of classical music and was a John Cargher (Singers of Renown) fan for many years.

IMG_5697 copy 2During the two hour program, Andrew and Ron spoke about their love of going to the opera’s, the beautiful opera houses around the world, their opera adventures and experiences travelling in Vienna and Europe as ‘opera buffs’ listening to some of their treasured opera’s namely Madama Butterfly and The Marriage of Figaro.

His love of opera started at the young age of 11 and after watching The Marriage of Figaro in Adelaide aged 17 years, he was hooked. When asked why he loves opera so much, he simply replied, “I just love listening to it.”

“There are so many ways to love opera. It comes from the heart, and in so many ways it’s about love and romance, honesty and forgiveness,” Andrew said.

His knowledge of operas, singers and composers is extensive and well researched adding, “Opera to me is bigger than life, it’s voluptuous, sensual and exciting.”

Andrew told the boys he was thrilled to be part of RPP FM and Opera Favourites and when time permits will reprise the role in the future.

Opera Favourites is aired live to air on 98.7 RPP FM every Monday 1-3pm.

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Pictured L-R: Errol Rowe, Andrew Bolt and Ron Deane

Written by: Debra Mar

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