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:

July 26, 1 to 4 pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: THE MAGIC FLUTE

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

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

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July 20, 2013

1:00 AM
I DUE FOSCARI
Artist : Barbarigo, A Senator: Ben Bliss; Jacopo Loredano: Ievegen Orlov; Officer of Council of Ten: Omar Crook; Jacopo Foscari: Francesco Meli; Lucrezia Contarini: Marina Poplavskaya; Pisana: Tracy Cox; Francesco Foscari: Placido Domingo; Servant of the Doge: Hunter Phillips
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 10007 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance

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WRTI Spotlight
7:56 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Houston Grand Opera: Beethoven's FIDELIO, Nov. 3rd, 1 pm

Soprano Karita Matilla sings Leonore, disguised as Fidelio in Beethoven's only opera.

Leonore is willing to do whatever it takes to free her husband, Florestan, an innocent political prisoner. Disguised as a boy (Fidelio), she bravely prevents Florestan's assassination by a corrupt governor. Beethoven's only opera is a musically brilliant story of a wife's selfless and courageous love. Listen on Saturday, November 3, 1 to 3:30 pm.

Ludwig van Beethoven: FIDELIO
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner. Sung in German

CAST:
Florestan: Simon O'Neill
Leonore/Fidelio: Karita Mattila

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WRTI Spotlight
5:37 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Houston Grand Opera: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Oct. 27th, 1 pm

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez sings Rosina.

Opera's notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful, young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love. Rossini's score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some of opera's most familiar arias, including the famous "Largo al factotum," otherwise known as "Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!" Join us on Saturday, October 27th, 1 to 3:30 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:30 am
Sat October 20, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Verdi's ATTILA, Oct. 20th at 1 pm

Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings Ezio; Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Attila.

The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. The intense, conflicted anti-hero comes vividly alive in this “vibrant and engrossing musical drama” (The New York Times).

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WRTI Spotlight
4:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, Oct. 13th at 1 pm

Mao Tse-tung: Simon O'Neill; Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova; Richard Nixon: Brian Mulligan

John Adams' rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece made its San Francisco Opera premiere earlier this year featuring baritone Brian Mulligan. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, leads the orchestra.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:10 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Toscanini And Puccini's LA BOHEME: Oct. 6th at 1 pm

Arturo Toscanini

Join us to hear a very special 1946 recording of Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME conducted by the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini. Pledge at the $365 level and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection, with 84 CDs and 1 DVD. Of course the set includes this 1946 recording! Saturday, October 6th at 1 pm. Don't miss it!

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WRTI Spotlight
1:24 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Toscanini And Verdi's LA TRAVIATA: September 29th at 1 pm

Join us to hear a very special 1946 recording of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA conducted by the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. Pledge at the $365 level on September 29th and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection, with 84 CDs and 1 DVD. Of course the set includes this 1946 recording! Saturday, September 29th at 1 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:16 am
Sat September 22, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA, Sept. 22nd at 1 pm

Renee Fleming sings the title role in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA

Renée Fleming sings the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale, renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Saturday, September 22, 1 to 3:15 pm

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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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