Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

WRTI brings 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.

LA Opera:

August 2, 1 to 3:30 pm,
Benjamin Britten: BILLY BUDD

August 9, 1 to 3:30 pm
Gaetano Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

August 16, 1 to 3:15 pm
Jules Massenet: THAIS

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November 30, 2013

1:00 PM
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Artist : Nina Stemme: Isolde; Ben Heppner: Tristan; Claudia Mahnke: Brangaene; Ryan McKinny: Kurwenal; Christof Fischesser: King Marke
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Conductor : Patrick Summers
Orchestra : Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance

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Creatively Speaking.
4:35 pm
Mon June 30, 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, July 6, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' Salome.

Bass-baritone Alan Held talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his character, Jochanaan (John the Baptist).

Creatively Speaking
1:38 pm
Mon June 30, 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.

On Sunday, July 6 at 1 pm, WRTI broadcasts The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in a joint production of Salome, with Camilla Nylund in the title role.

Soprano Camilla Nylund talks with WRTI' s Susan Lewis about the character Salome, which has become one of her signature roles.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:12 pm

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an NPR member station.

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Opera on WRTI
12:12 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Dvorak's RUSALKA, June 28, 1 PM

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez sings the title role in Dvorak's RUSALKA.

You may know Antonin Dvořák's rousing New World Symphony - but here he's at his romantic best as dark swirling undercurrents blend seamlessly with entrancing folk melodies. A witch grants a water nymph mortality so she can marry the prince she adores. But if he's unfaithful, their souls are damned for eternity. And damned they are in the darkly sensual fairytale. Saturday, June 28, 1 to 4:30 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:38 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 11:52 am

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Opera on WRTI
12:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, June 21, 1 PM

Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard sings Rosina and baritone Nathan Gunn sings Figaro in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini's music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he's also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he's out to ensure that Count Almaviva can marry lovely Rosina before her grumpy old guardian drags her to the altar himself. Saturday, June 21, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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Opera on WRTI
11:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS, June 14, 1 PM

Michael Spyres, Bo Skovhus, and Juliane Banse in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Die Fledermaus
Dan Rest

Shameless flirting, false identities, dance-to-dawn partying, and free-flowing champagne: Johann Strauss, Jr.’s paean to Partytown, also known as Vienna in the early 1870s, delivers all manner of uproarious intrigues and complications.  Ward Stare conducts. Saturday, June 14, 1 to 4:30 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
11:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, June 7, 1 PM

Soprano Marina Rebeka sings Violetta in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA.

Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris. Sought after by society’s most important me,n and wealthy in her own right, she is perfectly content—until she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. But when Alfredo’s father insists that she’ll ruin Alfredo’s family name, she selflessly pushes away the only man she’s ever loved. Will they ever be together again? Yes, but by then it’s much, much too late. A love story as unforgettable as Verdi’s sweeping and spectacular melodies. Massimo Zanetti conducts. Saturday, June 7, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.

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