Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Join us every Saturday throughout the year for opera broadcasts from some of the most well-known and beloved opera companies in America. The list includes The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more! You'll also hear opera broadcasts of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) on various Sundays.

Coming up: Lyric Opera of Chicago

May 28th at 1 to 4:30 pm
Rossini: CINDERELLA

The beloved tale of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) meets operatic delight in this bubbling Rossini hit! You know the story: Cinderella is dressed in rags and destined to toil away for her nasty stepsisters and horrible stepfather — who is scheming to convince the Prince to marry one of his “real” daughters. But not so fast — mean girls aren’t the Prince’s style, and there’s a happily-ever-after ending for the maid with the heart of gold in this “triumphant, dazzling production…that blends a riot of color with sophisticated comedy just oozing with mirth.” (Houston Chronicle) Superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as leading lady, partnered with bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee in his eagerly awaited Lyric debut (he sings “with freedom and fervor…a reminder of the infectious excitement Rossini makes possible” —The New York Times) and acclaimed Lyric favorite Alessandro Corbelli as the pompous stepfather.

*This is a rebroadcast of a previously recorded live event.

View the Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast schedule

Peter Van de Graaff and LOC Dramaturg Roger Pines are your hosts every Saturday at 1 pm on WRTI.

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Get ready to hear something very special! Originally premiered in 1865 in Genoa, and then performed again in 1871 in Milan, Franco Faccio’s Amleto (Hamlet) was thought lost for over 135 years. Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese spent nearly a decade in libraries and the Ricordi archives recovering the work from a microfilm of the composer's autograph. What resulted was The Amleto Project.

Does everything happen for the best? Not according to Voltaire’s satirical novella, which offers a dizzying display of human depravity, with a couple of natural disasters thrown in for good measure. Funny, fast-moving and philosophical, Candide includes such classic tunes as “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

When the opera Appomattox premiered in 2007, it put on stage a piece of history that was more than 140 years old.

But creators Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton recently decided the story wasn't over.

When the Washington National Opera wanted to stage the opera, Glass said it needed a rewrite — to reflect what's happened in the U.S. since the premiere.

"In the last seven or eight years there have been profound and really horrific changes in the way this country understands itself," Glass says.

Join us to hear the Academy of Vocal Arts' current production of Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy Don Giovanni. Widely regarded as the first Grand Opera ever performed in Philadelphia, the opera debuted at The Chestnut Street Theater in 1818. This will be AVA’s seventh production of the opera since its AVA debut in 1986.

Critics and opera lovers alike think that this is the TOSCA to own. It's the Metropolitan Opera broadcast from April 7, 1962, and we're bringing it to you this Saturday, November 7 from 1 to 4 pm during WRTI's Annual Opera Day celebration. Check out Opera Day details here!

The all-star cast features Leontyne Price in the title role, in an electrifying performance of one of Puccini's most beloved operas. Kurt Adler conducts.

Philadelphia has a new semi-resident choral group: Seraphic Fire, the Florida-based ensemble that is now expanding its seasons to New York and Washington DC as well. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports on this rare export from the Sunshine State.

You don't often hear "football" and "bel canto" in the same sentence. How about the same opera?

Join us at 12 noon on Saturday (an hour earlier than usual) for Hector Berlioz's monumental and epic French grand opera THE TROJANS, with stars Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Michaela Martens and Sasha Cooke, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Philadelphia tenor Stephen Costello has survived tonsil surgery, reflux, and most recently, the Metropolitan Opera's super-glitzy, Las Vegas-style production of Rigoletto. The morning after opening night, he took stock of it all with The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.

In this world-premiere production, a mother and daughter fight for survival against the backdrop of Italy at war. Based on the 1958 novel La Ciociara, with a score by Marco Tutino, this emotional drama evokes human resilience in the face of extreme destruction and devastation during World War II.

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