Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Saturday is always opera day at WRTI! We bring you top performances from some of the finest opera companies in the world, every week of the year!

In addition to the full season of opera from The Metropolitan Opera, you'll hear performances from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and more.

Coming up...
The Metropolitan Opera

March 21, 1 to 5 pm
Jules Massenet: MANON
The vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet’s beguiling heroine, opposite the ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

March 28, 1 to 4:30 pm
Gaetano Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMERMOOR

April 4, 1 to 4:30 pm
Giuseppe Verdi: ERNANI

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Philadelphia Music Makers, March 29, 5 PM
1:28 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Composer Jennifer Higdon Tells Her Story: Part 2

Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau
Candace diCarlo

The door closed behind Jennifer Higdon. She was in the office of her college conducting professor, Robert Spano, seeking advice about what to do. She had just heard back from the Curtis Institute of Music - they had accepted her application for graduate studies, but so had other music schools. She needed guidance.  "I'm not letting you out of here," Spano said, until she agreed to accept the spot from Curtis.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
1:34 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Joyce DiDonato Sings La Donna del Lago: The Met Opera on WRTI, March 14, 1 PM

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the totle role in Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO.

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is conducted by Michele Mariotti. Saturday, March 14, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI.

Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago

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WRTI Spotlight
6:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Jubilate! Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI, March 15 at 3 PM

Conductor David Anthony Lofton
Donato Valentino

Join us as AVA Resident Artists perform time-honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods in AVA's annual broadcast of sacred works, accompanied by the AVA Opera Orchestra and The Choirs of Bryn Mawr's Church of The Redeemer, recorded in concert just last week. 

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WRTI Spotlight
5:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Elina Garanca Sings Carmen: The Met Opera on WRTI, March 7, 1 PM

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca sings the title role in Georges Bizet's CARMEN.

No man can resist Carmen's charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca sings the title role. Saturday, March 7, 1 to 4: 30 pm on WRTI. Sung in French.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
3:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Mozart's Don Giovanni, Feb. 21, 1 PM

Conductor Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert walks across Lincoln Center Plaza to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in this perennial favorite of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Peter Mattei is the rakish Don, Elza van den Heever is Donna Anna, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello declaims his catalog aria, and James Morris takes Don Giovanni to his judgment as The Commendatore.

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Creatively Speaking
9:21 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

ANDY: A Popera, Cold Mountain and More - Opera Philadelphia's Most Far-Reaching Season

Inspired by the life, fame, and philosophy of Andy Warhol, ANDY: A Popera is a cabaret/opera hybrid that will feature original music by Dan Visconti and Heath Allen, and a cast of Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies regulars.

What's the news about Opera Philadelphia’s just-announced 2015-2016 season? As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the season is the company’s most far-reaching yet.

Radio script:

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:47 am
Sat February 7, 2015

The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Kevin Burdette stars in Everest as Beck Weathers, a Dallas doctor who survived a deadly blizzard on the mountain in 1996.
Karen Almond The Dallas Opera

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:48 am

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Creatively Speaking
11:56 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Opera Philadelphia Gets Wilde

Frank Harris (William Burden) urges Oscar Wilde (David Daniels) to flee to France.
Ken Howard The Santa Fe Opera

The East Coast premiere of an opera about the 19th-century, Anglo-Irish writer Oscar Wilde is from Feb. 6th t0 15th at the Academy of Music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, Wilde's life story is as compelling as his work.

Oscar Wilde came to America early in his career, even before he’d written anything of any consequence. He was already a gifted raconteur.

Historian John Cooper is an authority on Wilde in America. He says many of Wilde’s most-quoted phrases, like much of his writings, have a timeless quality.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
2:15 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Jan. 31, 1 PM

Erin Morley sings Olympia and Vittorio Grigolo sings Hoffmann in The Met Opera's Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of Hoffmann, the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer who is looking for love in Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, a fantasy opera based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The libretto was written by Jules Barber; the opera was first performed in 1881 in Paris. Saturday, January 31, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI.

One of the most-beloved opera arias is The Tales of Hoffmann's Barcarolle, Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour:

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Creatively Speaking
4:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Soprano Deborah Voigt Tells All

Soprano Deborah Voigt

Opera star Deborah Voigt has always been a straight-shooting diva, openly discussing her weight problems, the surgery she underwent to address them, and the possible effects that had on her voice. Yet as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, the singer goes well beyond that in her new autobiography, Call Me Debbie.

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