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 28, 1 to 4:30 pm
Gaetano Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMERMOOR
Donizetti's melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini. New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto's unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover.

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

April 11, 1 to 5:45 pm
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Giuseppe Verdi: DON CARLO

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:06 am
Sat January 24, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Kristine Opolais Sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME, Jan. 24, 1 PM

Soprano Kristine Opolais sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME
Marco Borggreve

Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of the fragile Mimì, with Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts. Puccini's La Boheme, Saturday, January 24, 1 to 4 pm.

Do you know the astonishing story about how Kristine Opolais made history at The Met? Read about it here!

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Listen to Opolais in La Boheme, Jan. 24, 1 PM
1:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.

Friday evening she had sung the lead in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
9:23 am
Sat January 17, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: THE MERRY WIDOW with Renee Fleming, Jan. 17, 1 PM

Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn in the Met Opera's The Merry Widow

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all of Paris in Franz Lehár’s enchanting operetta, The Merry Widow. The librettists, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein, based the story – concerning a rich widow, and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband – on an 1861 comedy play, L'attaché d'ambassade (The Embassy Attaché) by Henri Meilhac. Saturday, January 17, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:58 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Verdi's AIDA, January 10, 1 PM

Soprano Tamara Wilson sings the title role in Verdi's AIDA.
Ken Howard The Metropolitan Opera

This is grand opera at its grandest! Verdi’s mythic love triangle features soprano Tamara Wilson, who makes her network broadcast debut as the Ethiopian princess Aida, opposite tenor Marcello Giordani as the Egyptian warrior Radamès. Soprano Violeta Urmana sings Amneris.  Marco Armiliato conducts. Mary Jo Heath is sitting in for Margaret Juntwait. The Metropolitan Opera, Saturday, January 10, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM or online at wrti.org

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Contralto Marian Anderson in the role of Ulrica from a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Un ballo en maschera in 1955. Anderson was the first African-American soloist to appear at the Met.
Sedge LeBlang Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:35 pm

It was conductor Arturo Toscanini who said a voice like Marian Anderson's comes around only once in a century.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:01 am
Fri January 2, 2015

The Met Opera's Hansel and Gretel on WRTI: January 3 at 1 PM

Engelbert Humperdinck's HANSEL AND GRETEL on WRTI, Saturday, January 3 at 1 PM

Happy New Year! Join us for our annual Met Opera broadcast of Hansel and Gretel - perfect for listeners of all ages! This witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Listen as two children face off against a wicked witch. Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel lead a delightful feast for the entire family. Saturday, January 3, 1 to 3:30 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:43 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Verdi's La Traviata: The Met Opera on WRTI, Dec. 27, 1 PM

Soprano Marina Rebekah as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni

Verdi's consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker's timeless setting, with rising soprano Marina Rebeka as the title heroine, Stephen Costello as Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Germont.  Marco Armiliato conducts.  Saturday, December 27th from 1 to 4:45 PM.

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Cast:
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Violetta Valéry: Marina Rebeka
Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont: Quinn Kelsey
 

WRTI Spotlight
4:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro: The Met Opera on WRTI, Dec. 20, 1 PM

Soprano Danielle de Niese sings Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Richard Eyre's season-opening new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts. Saturday, December 20th from 1 to 4:45 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
11:09 am
Wed December 10, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Dec. 13, 12 PM (Early Start Time)

James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of the epic comedy, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. Michael Volle is in the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva. Saturday, December 13, 12 noon to 6 pm (***Note early start time and later end time.)

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Creatively Speaking
5:54 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A New Opera Remembers A Tragic Day In Dallas

Richard Nixon, Patty Hearst, and J. Robert Oppenheimer are just three of the historic figures that have been portrayed on the modern opera stage. Next is the most beloved icon of all, John F. Kennedy, in an opera that will premiere in Fort Worth, but is being partly developed by Opera Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns is finding out just what might make JFK sing.

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