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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Opera on WRTI
8:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: 1976 Archival Recording, R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN, Sept. 27

Soprano Leonie Rysanek sings the Empress in R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN

Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera’s 1976 production of Die Frau ohne Schatten - The Woman Without a Shadow - featuring soprano Leonie Rysanek and led by distinguished conductor and noted Strauss expert Karl Böhm, airs on Saturday, September 27, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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Opera on WRTI
11:40 am
Thu September 18, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 1 PM

Baritone Alessandro Corbelli sings Bartolo, and baritone Lucas Meachem sings Figaro.

With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Gioachino Rossini’s witty and charming score. Giuseppe Finzi conducts. Saturday, September 20, 1 to 4:15 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
3:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

This Is Not Your Parents' Opera

The Philadelphia Opera Collective presents By You that Made Me Frankenstein at The Franklin Inn Club from September 12th through the 21st.

A group of young musical and theater artists are making the case that a great opera experience doesn’t depend on staging in a grand hall, with elaborate sets and costumes. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports,  Philadelphia Opera Collaborative is reaching out to new audiences presenting operas in small spaces, exclusively in English, showcasing how powerful, intimate, and accessible the art form can be.

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WRTI Spotlight
8:51 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Opera from the Archives: Puccini's LA BOHEME with Toscanini Conducting in 1946, Sept. 13, 1 PM

Licia Albanese sings Mimi in the 1946 live recording of LA BOHEME. The beloved soprano passed away at age 105 in August.

We've got a treat in store for you this Saturday at 1 pm. It's the famous February, 1946 live recording of Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME with Arturo Toscanini on the podium conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the NBC Symphony Chorus. The broadcast celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opera's debut. Acclaimed soprano Licia Albanese, who just passed away last month at age 105, sings Mimi.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
4:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Enduringly Dramatic Italian Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

Magda Olivero performing Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine at San Francisco Opera in 1979.
Ron Scherl Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:53 pm

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Opera on WRTI
12:07 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Boito's MEPHISTOPHELES, August 30, 1 PM

Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov sings Mefistofele and tenor Ramon Vargs sings Faust in San Francisco Opera's MEPHISTOPHELES.

This week it's Arrigo Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" (The New York Times) recorded live at the famous War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco in 2013.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

The Metropolitan Opera has settled labor contracts with two of its largest unions.
Jonathan Ticler Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 10:55 pm

A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest opera house in the world — appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:11 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies

Soprano Licia Albanese in an undated photo, posing as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata.
Sedge LeBlang courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 8:59 am

Italian-American lyric soprano Licia Albanese, known for her deeply felt character portrayals, died Friday at her home in New York, her son, Joseph Gimma, told NPR Music Saturday. She was 105 years old.

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Creatively Speaking
5:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Musa: A Name You'll Remember...

South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana

The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule in the upcoming season.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Musa about his career thus far, and the road ahead.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

Members of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Federation of Musicians, two of the unions embroiled in contract negotiations with Metropolitan Opera management, rally this morning at Dante Park across from Lincoln Center.
Jeff Lunden for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:37 pm

Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated drama playing out offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money.

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