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

December 13, 12 noon to 6 pm (**note early start time)
Richard Wagner: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG

December 20, 1 to 4:30 pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: LE NOZZE DE FIGARO
 

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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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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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