Debbie Poltorak

Technical Operations Coordinator

Debbie Poltorak is the Technical Operations Coordinator at Interlochen Public Radio.  Debbie handles all the automation through Enco, helps with underwriting using the Allegiance Traffic System along with taking care of the day to day operations at the station.

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This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani

This production stars Albina Shagimuratova, Lawrence Brownlee and Anthony Clark Evans.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot."

This production stars Amber Wagner, Josh Lovell and Stefano Lacolla.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Georges Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers."

This production stars Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani, Andrea Silverstrelli and Marina Rebeka.

This Saturday at 12 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Richard Wagner's"Die Walküre." 

This production stars Brandon Jovanovich, Elisabet Strid, Ain Anger and Eric Owens.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto." 

This production stars Matthew Polenzani, Mario Rojas, Whitney Morrison and Quinn Kelsey.

After many months of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five singers have been named as the winners of the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the exposure that comes with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars.

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Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, starring soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Charles Castronovo as the star-crossed lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts a cast that also features mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes as Romeo’s page Stéphano, baritone Joshua Hopkins as his friend Mercutio, and bass Kwangchul Youn as Frère Laurent, who unites the couple in hopes of ending the feud between their families.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00pm ET.

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Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s 1899 operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, in its first network broadcast from the Met stage. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. The cast also features soprano Kathleen Kim as Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the wicked stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as Cendrillon’s father Pandolfe.

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The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the network broadcast premiere of The Exterminating Angel, the acclaimed opera by Thomas Adès. The story is based on the classic surrealist film by Luis Buñuel, about guests at an elegant dinner party who mysteriously find themselves unable to leave. Tom Cairns wrote the libretto in collaboration with the composer and directed the production, which marked the opera’s U.S. premiere.

Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera.

Verdi’s Luisa Miller returns to the network for the first time since 2006. It stars Sonya Yoncheva as Luisa, and Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, the lover she is forced to betray. Both artists make role debuts in this production. Singing Luisa’s father, Miller, Plácido Domingo also adds a new role to his repertoire – the 149th of his legendary career. The cast also features Olesya Petrova as Duchess Federica, Alexander Vinogradov as Count Walter, Rodolfo’s father, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the scheming Wurm. Bertrand de Billy conducts this thrilling, but lesser-known Verdi score.

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Donizetti’s bel canto tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor, starring soprano Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti in the iconic title role. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars opposite her as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo. They are joined by baritone Massimo Cavalletti as Enrico, the brother who pushes Lucia into a forced marriage, and bass Vitalij Kowaljow as the chaplain Raimondo. Roberto Abbado conducts.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00pm ET.

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Così fan tutte, Mozart’s comedy about love and fidelity. Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, unwitting victims of an elaborate hoax; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara is their conniving maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka are their fiancés Ferrando and Guglielmo, who conspire to test the sisters’ fidelity; and Christopher Maltman is the cynical mastermind Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts.

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Puccini’s Turandot. Soprano Martina Serafin stars in the title role of the proud Chinese princess, opposite tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf, the mystery prince who is determined to win her. Soprano Guanqun Yu makes her network broadcast debut as the courageous slave girl Liù, and bass-baritone Alexander Tsymbalyuk is Calàf’s father, Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance, presented in the much-loved production by Franco Zeffirelli.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, Matrch 24 at 1:00pm ET.

Due to weather conditions at our Emmet county site for WIAB and WHBP it is possible we may experience intermittent power outages.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

You can continue to listen on our webstream.

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Christine Goerke sings the title role of Richard Strauss’s tragedy Elektra under the baton of future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The acclaimed American soprano stars as the revenge-obsessed princess of Greek myth, with soprano Elza van den Heever as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis, and mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster making her network broadcast debut as the guilt-stricken matriarch, Klytämnestra. They are joined by bass Mikhail Petrenko as Orest and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Aegisth, in Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated staging.

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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho makes her network broadcast debut in the title role as the trusting Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Roberto Aronica as the faithless Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak reprises the role of Cio-Cio-San’s maid and confidante Suzuki, and baritone Roberto Frontali is the American consul Sharpless. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00pm ET.

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Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. The acclaimed stars are soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who plays the fragile Mimì, and tenor Michael Fabiano, who sings the role of the poet Rodolfo. They are joined by soprano Susanna Phillips as the coquettish Musetta, with baritone Lucas Meachem as her lover Marcello. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm ET.

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Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first network broadcast as Met Music Director Designate. An acclaimed cast of Wagnerian singers stars in this production by François Girard. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt sings the title role of a naïve youth who saves the brotherhood of the Holy Grail. Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius makes her network broadcast debut as the mysterious Kundry. Baritone Peter Mattei is the wounded King Amfortas; bass René Pape is the wise knight, Gurnemanz; and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is the evil sorcerer Klingsor.

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Donizetti’s comedy L’Elisir d’Amore, starring South African soprano Pretty Yende as the wealthy Adina, opposite American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the poor villager hopelessly in love with her. Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of Dulcamara, the quack doctor who sells Nemorino the “elixir of love,” and Italian baritone Davide Luciano makes his network broadcast debut as the cocky visiting sergeant, Belcore. Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan also makes his network debut with this performance.

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Verdi’s Il Trovatore. It stars soprano Jennifer Rowley as the noblewoman Leonora, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the mysterious gypsy Azucena, tenor Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour Manrico, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Manrico’s rival Count di Luna. Bass Štefan Kocán sings the role of Ferrando, and Marco Armiliato leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 3 at 1pm ET.

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Puccini’s thrilling drama Tosca.  Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars as the jealous but devout diva Floria Tosca, opposite tenor Vittorio Grigolo as her lover, the artist Mario Cavaradossi. Baritone Željko Lučić is the villainous Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the opera in a new production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 27 at 1pm ET.

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Massenet’s Thaïs in a broadcast from November 11, 2017, starring American soprano Ailyn Pérez in her role debut as the glamorous courtesan and title character. Canadian baritone Gerald Finley gave his first staged performance as the monk Athanaël, in Massenet’s intriguing exploration of the conflict between religious faith and sensual desire. French maestro Emmanuel Villaume conducted a cast that also featured tenor Jean-François Borras as Nicias and bass-baritone David Pittsinger as Palémon, in the Met’s first presentation of this opera in nearly a decade.

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The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the verismo double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Roberto Alagna stars in both leading roles: the faithless Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Canio, the head of a traveling performance troupe in Pagliacci. The French tenor previously sang both operas in one evening at the Met in 2009, and is one of ten singers to have accomplished this feat with the company since 1901.

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Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Donald Runnicles conducts, and the cast features soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Hansel, tenor Gerhard Siegel as the evil Witch, veteran mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Gertrude, the children’s mother, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Peter, their father. The opera, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, is performed in the acclaimed production by Richard Jones.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 6 at 1pm ET.