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 live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera's entire Saturday Matinee season, and recorded performances — distributed by WFMT in Chicago — from recent seasons of Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. You'll also hear recorded opera broadcasts of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) on selected Sundays, and some other surprises throughout the year!

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It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created. Listen to BORIS GODUNOV on Saturday, May 26th from 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that - his people are starving.

Join us on Saturday, May 19th, from 1 to 4 pm for Lyric Opera of Chicago's bel canto favorite, Lucia di Lammermoor. In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love - but their two clans are bitter rivals. Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and, finally, the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

It's time for the Lyric Opera of Chicago series on WRTI! We begin with Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman, sung in French, with a fabulous cast. Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5 pm.

Join us at 12:30 pm (early start time) on Saturday, May 5th for The Met Opera's The Makropulos Case. Count on a tour-de-force performance from Karita Mattila in Leos Janácek’s absorbing drama of a diva’s supernatural fight against her destiny. Czech expert Jirí Behlolávek conducts.

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Wagner's DIE WALKURE: April 28th at 11 am

Apr 23, 2012

Join us from 11 am (early start time) to 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 28th for The Met Opera's Die Walkure. A wounded deity comes to realize the limits of his power in the heartbreaking second installment of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Wotan, king of the gods, strives to undo the curse of the ring by fathering a pure-of-heart hero by a mortal woman. But he finds himself torn as events spin out of control and his offspring defy his will.
 

Wagner's SIEGFRIED on Saturday, April 21 at 11 am

Apr 15, 2012

Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 21st, *11 am to 5 pm (note early start time) for Richard Wagner's SIEGFRIED.

In part three of the Ring cycle, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.

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Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA on April 14th

Apr 9, 2012

Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 14th, from 1 to 4 pm, for Giuseppe Verdi's eternally popular opera La Traviata - the tale of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover, and his disapproving father.

Jules Massenet: MANON on April 7th

Apr 9, 2012

Join us on Saturday, April 7th from **12 noon to 4 pm (note early start time) when soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role in Massenet's MANON. Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Sung in French.

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Gaetano Donizetti: L'ELISIR D'AMORE on March 31st

Mar 25, 2012

Join us this Saturday, March 31st at 1 pm for the Metropolitan Opera's production of L'Elisir d'Amore. Donizetti’s melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

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