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

December 27, 1 to 3:30 pm
Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA

January 3, 1 to 3:30 pm
Engelbert Humperdinck: HANSEL AND GRETEL

January 10, 1 to 4:40 pm
Giuseppe Verdi: AIDA

Contribute here to support opera on WRTI throughout the year!

Composer ID: 
53c7dc16e1c8b9c77b4b9ba2|53c7dbe1e1c8b9c77b4b9b6e

Pages

WRTI Spotlight
7:53 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Caramoor: Nov. 8th at 1 PM on WRTI

Soprano Angela Meade, a graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, sings the title role in LUCREZIA BORGIA.

Join us to hear Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece, Lucrezia Borgia, recorded live in July, 2014 at The Caramoor Summer Music Festival. Director of Opera Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a stellar cast, including acclaimed soprano Angela Meade in her highly anticipated debut in the title role, Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini, Michele Angelini as Gennaro, and Christophoros Stamboglis as Duke Alfonso.

Read more
WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Michigan Opera Theatre's CYRANO on WRTI: November 1st, 1 PM

Soprano Leah Patridge sings Roxane and baritone Marian Pop sings Cyrano.

Join us for David DiChiera's three-act opera Cyrano, based on Edmond Rostand’s celebrated stage drama of 1897 - the romantic tragedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Mark Flint conducts.

Read more
The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia on WRTI: Strauss' SALOME, Nov. 2, 1 PM

This Sunday at 1 pm, it’s the fast-paced, one-act opera Salome, among the most important musical works of the 20th century, standing out for its revolutionary use of a large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers, as much as for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale, performed in a historic, joint production by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. It was the Orchestra’s last concert this past May, just before they departed on their China Tour.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held

In Richard Strauss' SALOME, the character depicting John the Baptist is beheaded after he refuses the advances of Salome.

It was a Bible story, and then a French play by Oscar Wilde. Then it was translated into German, before Strauss turned it into his opera, Salome. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a production from May, 2014 continued the evolution of this complex and compelling work of art.

On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' Salome.

Creatively Speaking
10:37 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Do You Know The First Figaro?

Neal Bledsoe as Count Almaviva, Adam Green as Figaro, and Naomi O'Connell as Rosine in Stephen Wadsworth's Beaumarchais adaptations, THE FIGARO PLAYS, at Princeton's McCarter Theatre through April, 2014.

Figaro, the wily barber of Seville is portrayed in two great operas. The popular Rossini work that bears his name and Mozart’s account of his marriage.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns explores how some legendary characters continue to speak to a contemporary director.

Read more
Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Soprano Camilla Nylund: Singing SALOME Throughout The World

Lyric dramatic soprano Camilla Nylund, a native of Finland, singing Salome with Opera Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra in May, 2014.
Dominic Mercier

Oscar Wilde’s late 19th-century play, retelling the biblical story of Salome, became the basis for Richard Strauss' one-act opera SALOME that premiered in Dresden in 1905. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the opera continues to shock and dazzle, nearly a century later.

WRTI re-broadcasts The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in a joint production of Salome, with Camilla Nylund in the title role, on Sunday, November 2 at 1 pm.

A Musical Theater Special
10:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

SHOW BOAT on WRTI! Saturday, October 25, 1 PM

Bass Morris Robinson sings Joe in San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT

The San Francisco Opera presents Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein III's SHOW BOAT on WRTI. A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

Read more
WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

Several hundred protesters picket the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center, Sept. 22, 2014. "You will be made to destroy that set," Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is bracing for one of the more controversial productions in its history. Since its first performance more than 20 years ago, some critics have charged that composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer is anti-Israel, and even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. They argue that Klinghoffer is a dramatic masterpiece that deserves to make its Met debut on Monday.

Read more
Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI
12:39 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Singer! The AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI, Oct. 12, 4 PM

Tenor Dominick Chenes

You have spoken!  You voted for the WRTI audience favorite from the 35th annual Academy of Vocal Arts Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. And the winners are:

WRTI Audience Favorites:
1st Place: Tenor Dominick Chenes
2nd Place: Soprano Anush Avetisyan
3rd Place: Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola

Live Competition Winners:
1st Place: Bass-baritone André Courville
2nd Place Tenor Dominick Chenes / Baritone Jorge Espino (tie)
Audience Favorite: Tenor Dominick Chenes

Read more
San Francisco Opera on WRTI
1:46 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Chilling Opera, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, on WRTI: October 11, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Dolores, and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges sings Joe St. George.

The San Francisco Opera presents a world premiere! Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker.

Read more

Pages