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.

You'll hear the full season from The Metropolitan Opera, and performances from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more.

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Opera Southwest
Franco Faccio: AMLETO (Hamlet)
Saturday, November 28, 1 to 4 pm

The Metropolitan Opera Season Begins on December 5th - details here!

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Opera Philadelphia is celebrating its 40th birthday by announcing the boldest change of its history. The company has just unveiled the creation of an annual season-opening opera festival - Festival O - premiering in September of 2017 with O17. It's modeled after two highly successful American festivals - Sundance in Park City, Utah and Spoleto in Charleston, SC. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life?

It was 30 years ago today that a single American hostage was killed by terrorists during the hijacking of a cruise ship by pro-Palestinian terrorists in the Mediterranean Sea. Leon Klinghoffer's death was the inspiration for a controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman and directed by Peter Sellars.

Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story. Karine Deshayes, lauded for her "emotional depth and vibrant, beautiful sound" (The New York Times), makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince.

Join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 1 to 5 pm for Giacomo Puccini's very unique IL TRITTICO, which is a collection of three one-act operas, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi, perfomed together the way Puccini intended them to be presented. The work received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918. Lorin Maazel conducts this recording from 1979.

A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. This tuneful Verdi masterpiece, “one of the composer’s most hot-blooded and vividly crafted tales” (San Francisco Chronicle), has an outstanding cast led by the splendidly lyrical Ramón Vargas and the riveting Dolora Zajick.

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In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?

A clandestine love affair brings two mortal enemies together during a time of war. But when Norma discovers that her beloved now loves another, a fiery new battle begins as betrayal, anguish, and fury take the reins. Vincenzo Bellini's NORMA on WRTI, Saturday, September 12, 1 to 3:30 pm. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Listen to Sondra Radvanovsky sing the famous aria, "Casta Diva"

A mash-up of pop music and opera, ANDY: A Popera is a collaborative production of Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies (a cabaret company) developed over a two-year period. Its edginess and improvisation is a hallmark of cabaret, but it's also imbued with the spirit of opera.  

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Saturday, September 5th, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. Nicola Luisotti conducts.