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
5:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring cycle, one of the productions that has been criticized by some as too costly.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Met General Manager Peter Gelb asserts that union salaries and benefits are his biggest costs, accounting for two-thirds of the operating budget.

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Opera on WRTI
5:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE, July 26, 1 PM

The magic flute shields Tamino (Lawrence Brownlee) and Pamina (Janai Brugger) from the trial by fire.
Robert Millard

A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness.  Packed with exquisite singing, Mozart's delightful blend of high comedy and serious drama enchants young and old alike.

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Opera on WRTI
4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM

Carmen (Patricia Bardon) expresses her love for the matador Escamillo (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) as he prepares to enter the bullring.

No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Placido Domingo conducts. Saturday, July 19, 1 to 4 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
1:09 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

A German Soprano Finds Freedom In Singing Mahler In America

Soprano Christiane Karg

On this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts works by Britten and Strauss, along with Mahler's Symphony No. 4. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the German soprano in the Mahler work is singing a piece that is revered in her homeland.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

Tenor Carlo Bergonzi as Radames in Verdi's Aida in 1956, the year of his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:03 am

Carlo Bergonzi endures. Not only is the Italian tenor approaching his 90th birthday (on July 13) but for decades he sang with tireless warmth and precision, representing a certain old school approach to carefully cultivating one's vocal resources.

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Opera on WRTI
3:26 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Verdi's FALSTAFF, July 12, 1 PM

In his final attempt to seduce Alice, Falstaff (Roberto Frontali) disguises himself for a clandestine meeting in Windsor Park.
Robert Millard

In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents a new production of the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. Saturday, July 12, 1 to 4 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
2:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM

Amanda Majeski, Matthew Polenzani, and Joyce DiDonato star in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Sex and power are front and center in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's riveting La Clemenza di Tito. Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who's supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding opera broadcast on Saturday, July 5, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:12 pm

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an NPR member station.

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Opera on WRTI
12:12 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Dvorak's RUSALKA, June 28, 1 PM

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez sings the title role in Dvorak's RUSALKA.

You may know Antonin Dvořák's rousing New World Symphony - but here he's at his romantic best as dark swirling undercurrents blend seamlessly with entrancing folk melodies. A witch grants a water nymph mortality so she can marry the prince she adores. But if he's unfaithful, their souls are damned for eternity. And damned they are in the darkly sensual fairytale. Saturday, June 28, 1 to 4:30 pm.

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