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.

The Metropolitan Opera 2014 Broadcast Season:

April 19, 1 to 4:30 pm
Richard Strauss: ARABELLA

April 26, 1 to 5 pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: COSI FAN TUTTE

May 3, 1 to 4:30 pm
Vincenzo Bellini: I PURITANI

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June 29, 2013

1:00 PM
RIGOLETTO
Artist : Rigoletto; Zelko Lucic; Gilda: Albina Shagimuratova; Duke: Giuseppe Filianoti; Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli; Maddalena: Nicole Piccolomini; Monterone; Todd Thomas
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 66314 CD
Conductor : Evan Rogister
Orchestra : Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus
Label : Recorded in performance

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WRTI Spotlight
4:24 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Gounod's FAUST, Sept. 15th at 1 pm

Patricia Racette is the doomed Marguerite and Stefano Secco sings Faust.
Cory Weaver

It may have been Faust who sold his soul to the devil, but the innocent Marguerite takes the fall in this classic story that dates back to the 1400s; the opera premiered in Paris in 1859. Patricia Racette, Stefano Secco, and John Relyea star in this 2010 production conducted by Maurizio Benini. Saturday, September 15th, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:23 am
Sat September 8, 2012

San Francisco Opera: HEART OF A SOLDIER on September 8th at 1 pm

Baritone Thomas Hampson

Rick Rescorla was a British-born adventurer who fought in Vietnam before settling in NY as head of security for Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, his extraordinary courage and calmness in a crisis paid off: Rescorla led all of the 2,700 people under his care to safety—literally singing them down the stairs—before heading back into the burning building for one last check. He never emerged.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:10 am
Sat September 1, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Bizet's CARMEN, September 1st at 1 pm

Soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Who is Carmen? She's thrilling and dangerous, captivating and capricious, and one of the most vivid characters in all of opera. The bold femme fatale is sung by soprano Anita Rachvelishvili who “brought an ample, earthy voice and sensual lyricism to her performance, winning a hearty ovation” (The New York Times). Tenor Thiago Arancam sings Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen's spell. Niccola Luisotti conducts. Saturday, September 1st, 1 to 4:30 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
8:45 am
Mon August 20, 2012

San Francisco Opera: DON GIOVANNI, August 25th at 1 pm

Lucas Meachem sings the title role, and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina, in San Francisco Opera's Don Giovanni.

No man is safe from his schemes. No woman is safe from his advances. That's the proud, predatory nobleman at the heart of Mozart's Don Giovanni, considered by many to be one of the greatest operas ever written. Deftly balancing comedy and tragedy with unforgettable music, Don Giovanni has an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, and premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague in 1787.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:46 am
Mon August 13, 2012

San Francisco Opera: TURANDOT, August 18th at 1 pm

Soprano Irene Theorin sings the title role in Puccini's Turandot.

Puccini’s final masterpiece opens the San Francisco Opera radio season on WRTI under the baton of Music Director Nicola Luisotti. This passionate tale of a princess, whose cruelty masks her fear of love, features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.” Performed by an outstanding cast, led by Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, “the world’s reigning Turandot” (Opera Britannia), Leah Crocetto, and Marco Berti, Turandot is melodically rich and colorfully orchestrated. Join us on Saturday, August 18th, 1 to 4:15 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

LA Opera: LA BOHEME, August 11th at 1 pm

AVA alums Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello are married (in real life!) and starring as Mimi and Rodolfo.

Academy of Vocal Arts alums, and husband and wife in real life, Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello star as Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini's tragic, ultra-romantic opera about struggling young artists and the risks of living life on the edge in Paris around 1830.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:46 am
Sat August 4, 2012

LA Opera: ALBERT HERRING on August 4th

Benjamin Britten's comedy Albert Herring takes place in the English countryside where meek mama’s boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village’s first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found. Soprano Christine Brewer stars as the formidable Lady Billows. Saturday, August 4th, 1 to 4:15 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
10:55 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

LA Opera: SIMON BOCCANEGRA on July 28th

Placido Domingo

Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender bond between father and daughter. Join us on Saturday, July 28th, 1 to 4:15 pm.

CAST:
Simon Boccanegra: Placido Domingo
Amelia: Ana Maria Martinez
Jacopo Fiesco: Vitalij Kowaljow
Gabriele Adorno: Stefano Secco
Paolo Albiani: Paolo Gavanelli
Pietro: Robert Pomakov
CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

WRTI Spotlight
1:57 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

LA Opera: ROMEO ET JULIETTE on July 21st

Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers in Charles Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE. An opera in five acts, with a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, it's based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet) in Paris on April 27th, 1867. The opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano.

Saturday, July 21st, 1 to 4:15 pm

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LA Opera
11:42 am
Sat July 14, 2012

LA Opera: COSI FAN TUTTE on July 14th at 1 pm

Saimir Pirgu, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Ruxandra Donose, and Aleksandra Kurzak

Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes comes to life with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit on Saturday, July 14th, from 1 to 4:30 pm.

The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.  An opera buffa (comic opera) in two acts, it was first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte – this is the third in a trilogy of librettos by Da Ponte; the others were for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

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