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!

Ways to Connect

The Lyric Opera of Chicago radio broadcasts return to WRTI every Saturday at 1 pm from May 20th to July 22nd.  Kicking off the nine-opera series, and launching Lyric’s new "Ring" cycle, is Wagner’s Das Rheingold—with captivating performances by Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, and Štefan Margita.