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!

Coming up:

October 21 Falstaff / Verdi / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Riccardo Muti conducts in 2016. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings Falstaff, soprano Laura Polverelli sings Meg Page, and tenor Luca Salsi sings Ford.

October 28 Lucrezia Borgia / Donizetti / Caramoor
November 4 Il Pirata / Bellini / Caramoor
November 11 Tancredi / Rossini / Opera Southwest
November 18 Opera Day on WRTI - details TBD
November 25 Riders of the Purple Sage / Craig Bohmler / Arizona Opera
 

Stay tuned for the next season of The Metropolitan Opera!

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LA Opera: ROMEO ET JULIETTE on July 21st

Jul 21, 2012

Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers in Charles Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE. An opera in five acts, with a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, it's based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet) in Paris on April 27th, 1867. The opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano.

Saturday, July 21st, 1 to 4:15 pm

LA Opera: COSI FAN TUTTE on July 14th at 1 pm

Jul 14, 2012

Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes comes to life with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit on Saturday, July 14th, from 1 to 4:30 pm.

The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.  An opera buffa (comic opera) in two acts, it was first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte – this is the third in a trilogy of librettos by Da Ponte; the others were for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

LA Opera: EUGENE ONEGIN on July 7th at 1 pm

Jul 7, 2012

A young and impassioned country girl, Tatiana (soprano Oksana Dyka), hastily writes a love letter to the brooding aristocrat Onegin (baritone Dalibor Jenis). She unwittingly sets off an unstoppable series of events, leaving Onegin forever regretting the love he so casually spurned.
 Join us on Saturday, July 7th, from 1 to 4:30 pm for our first broadcast of the season from LA Opera.

Dan Rest

Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music show us Verdi at the peak of his powers - masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy. Don't miss this season's final broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Daniel Rest

With Jerusalem as the prize, General Goffredo and his chief knight Rinaldo are battling it out with King Argante. But the king’s lover and ally is the sorceress Armida — and she uses every trick in her arsenal to help win the war. Good thing Rinaldo has some supernatural reinforcements of his own!

You can't help but love Jerome Kern's Show Boat! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety, and an unmistakably American atmosphere. It's one memorable, heart-wrenching song after another : “Ol’ Man River”...“Make Believe”...“You Are Love”...“Bill”...“Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

Nathan Gunn and Ashley Brown star in this production. Join us on Saturday, June 16th from 1 to 4 pm.

Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party - and you're invited on Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 4 pm. First, guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who has a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display.

Look out for dancing bears and dinosaurs…into the enchanted forest we go on Saturday, June 2nd, from 1 to 4:30 pm. Lyric’s inspired production reflects the composer himself - seamlessly blending emotional profundity with slapstick humor that appeals to the kid in us all.

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.

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