Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Join us every Saturday throughout the year for opera broadcasts from some of the most well-known and beloved opera companies in America. The list includes live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera's entire Saturday Matinee season, and recorded performances — distributed by WFMT in Chicago — from recent seasons of Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. You'll also hear recorded opera broadcasts of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) on selected Sundays, and some other surprises throughout the year!

Coming up:

The 2017/2018 broadcast season of The Metropolitan Opera!

Dec. 9:  Mozart's The Magic Flute
Dec. 16: Bellini's Norma
Dec. 23: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Dec. 30: Lehár's The Merry Widow
Jan. 6: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
Jan. 13: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci
Jan. 20: Massenet's Thaïs
Jan. 27: Puccini's Tosca

Feb. 3: Verdi's Il Trovatore
Feb. 10: Donizetti's L'Elisir D'Amore
Feb. 17: Wagner's Parsifal, (12 noon)
Feb. 24: Puccini's La Bohème
March 3: Puccini's Madama Butterfly
March 10: Rossini's Semiramide
March 17: R. Strauss' Elektra
March 24: Puccini's Turandot
March 31: Mozart's Così Fan Tutte
April 7: Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor
April 14: Verdi's Luisa Miller
April 21: Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel, libretto by Tom Cairns
April 28: Massenet's Cendrillon
May 5: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette

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Mark Campbell is one of the most prolific and celebrated librettists in contemporary American opera. But, as he recently told an audience at the Guggenheim Museum, not everyone thought his latest project was a good idea.

Only gods can live in endless bliss. Tannhäuser—minstrel and renegade—is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much. He longs to return home, and does—to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all, to Elisabeth, the warm but chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused.

He's selfish. He's arrogant. He’s dangerous. With a list of conquests as long as the phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. Thousands succumb, leaving a path of dishonor and broken lives. When the Don forces himself on the virtuous Donna Anna, her father intervenes and loses his life. Has the Don finally gone too far?

Even if you’re not familiar with the Broadway musical Carousel, you’re likely to have heard the uplifting message and melody of the song "You’ll Never Walk Alone." Its roots in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical extend far beyond the story of love and loss.

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.

The song “Some Enchanted Evening” is a sublime moment in the post-war production South Pacific that continues to inspire. Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Placido Domingo, The Temptations, Barbra Streisand, José Carreras, Bob Dylan, Jane Oliver and lots of other artists have recorded it.

Credit: Opera Philadelphia

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston considers a question of operatic proportion, with notable librettist Mark Campbell.

Yannick at the Met: Leading and Learning

Apr 26, 2017
Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been entering the Metropolitan Opera through the backstage artists' entrance for years, though now it’s different: He’s now among those who run the place. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns met him there prior to his April to May run of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman.

Join us on Easter Sunday as Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) presents its annual concert of sacred choral music, Jubilate!, on April 16th from 3 to 5:30 pm on WRTI.

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