Before the Opera

Saturday, 12:30 to 1 PM

Host Mark Pinto preps you for the afternoon’s opera broadcast with profiles and recordings—of the star performers and of the stars of yesteryear. He might also bring along instrumental arrangements of music from the opera, other short works by that day’s composer, and the music of other composers connected to the opera’s theme.

It’s always a delightful surprise, so tune in Saturdays at 12:30 pm, a half-hour before the opera, for, well, Before the Opera, with Mark Pinto!

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Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heart-stoppingly beautiful music—that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made.