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, Houston Grand 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!

San Francisco Opera:

Saturday, August 27, 1 to 3:30 pm
Gaetano Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

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Cast:
Lucia di Lammermoor: Nadine Sierra; Edgardo: Piotr Beczala; Enrico: Brian Mulligan; Raimondo: Nicolas Testé; Alisa: Zanda Švēde; Normanno: AJ Glueckert; Arturo: Chong Wang

Saturday, September 3, 1 to 5:45 pm
Richard Wagner: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG (in German)

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Cast:
Hans Sachs: James Rutherford
Walther von Stolzing: Brandon Jovanovich
Eva: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Magdalene: Sasha Cooke
David: Alek Shrader
Sixtus Beckmesser: Martin Gantner
Veit Pogner: Ain Anger
Fritz Kothner: Philip Horst
Kunz Vogelgesang: AJ Glueckert
Balthasar Zorn: Joel Sorensen

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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.

Opera Philadelphia is celebrating its 40th birthday by announcing the boldest change of its history. The company has just unveiled the creation of an annual season-opening opera festival - Festival O - premiering in September of 2017 with O17. It's modeled after two highly successful American festivals - Sundance in Park City, Utah and Spoleto in Charleston, SC. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life?

It was 30 years ago today that a single American hostage was killed by terrorists during the hijacking of a cruise ship by pro-Palestinian terrorists in the Mediterranean Sea. Leon Klinghoffer's death was the inspiration for a controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman and directed by Peter Sellars.

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