Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

WRTI brings 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.

The Metropolitan Opera 2014 Broadcast Season:

April 19, 1 to 4:30 pm
Richard Strauss: ARABELLA

April 26, 1 to 5 pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: COSI FAN TUTTE

May 3, 1 to 4:30 pm
Vincenzo Bellini: I PURITANI

Pledge here to support opera on WRTI throughout the year!

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September 01, 2012

1:00 PM
CARMEN
Artist : Carmen: Anita Rachvelishvili; Don José: Thiago Arancam; Micaëla: Sara Gartland; Escamillo: Paulo Szot; Frasquita: Susannah Biller; Mercédès: Cybele Gouverneur
Album :
Composer : Georges Bizet
Catalog : 96341 CD
Conductor : Niccola Luisotti
Orchestra : San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : Recorded in performance

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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Station Announcements
1:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WRTI Opera Day Contest Winner!

Did you enter our "Opera Lover's Dream Contest" on WRTI's spectacular Opera Day on November 16th? It was a great day, filled with 12 hours of really wonderful opera programming. The prize package for the contest included subscriptions to select Academy of Vocal Arts and Opera Philadelphia upcoming productions, and lots of must-have opera CDs.

And the contest winner is...Muriel Gordon from Wycombe, PA. Muriel has been a WRTI member since 2009. Congratulations! Brava!

Opera on WRTI
3:56 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Verdi's IL TROVATORE: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 23, 1 PM

Marco Berti sings Manrico and Tamara Wilson sings Lenora in Verdi's Il Trovatore
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

Set in 15th-century northern Spain, Il trovatore tells the story of Manrico, a gypsy troubadour who has fallen in love with the Duchess of Aragon. However, the Count di Luna is also attracted to Aragon, and when he attempts to take her from Manrico, the troubadour takes the count’s life in a duel, not realizing they were brothers, and that his mother Azucena actually stole him from a family of royals many years ago.

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Opera on WRTI
12:47 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Listen To This: That Unforgettable Aria From LA BOHEME

Soprano Anna Netrebko

Which recording of the famous aria "Quando m'en vo" also known as "Musetta's Waltz" is your favorite? Musetta sings the aria in the second act of Puccini's LA BOHEME. Please let us know! And listen to the Met Opera's LA BOHEME on WRTI this Saturday, April 5 at 1 pm.

Opera on WRTI
1:05 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Special Archival Broadcast: Toscanini Conducts Puccini's LA BOHEME, Nov. 16, 1 PM

Maestro Arturo Toscanini

Join us on Opera Day 2013 to hear an outstanding 1946 performance of Puccini's LA BOHEME, conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and an all-star cast of soloists.  Pledge $365 on November 16th between 6 am and 6 pm and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection on 85 CDs and a bonus DVD.

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Creatively Speaking
8:19 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

This Saturday, November 16th, WRTI dedicates its programming to opera. The now annual "Opera Day" is a celebration of this grandest expression of music and theater.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; she's not only one of America’s premiere operatic voices, but also one of the hardiest. 

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Opera on WRTI
10:37 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Rossini's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 2, 1 PM

Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers; Daniella Barcellona, Isabella; HGO Chorus 

From the moment she lands on the Algerian coast to rescue Lindoro, her true love, we know the resourceful Isabella is going to outsmart the conniving Mustafà, whose great hope is to find an Italian wife for himself.

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Where Music Lives
7:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

On Delaware's Christina Waterfront: A Spectacle of Sight & Sound!

OperaDelaware's philosophy: "Opera for Everyone!"

Opera lives on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. There, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, audiences experience the power of operatic voices in an intimate setting - uniquely presented by OperaDelaware.

Listen to Susan’s interview with Opera Delaware General Director Brendan Cooke

OperaDelaware's next performance, Inside the Opera Studio: Opera Undressed, hosted by OperaDelaware Music Director Jeffrey Miller, guides audiences through an evening of hits, and out of the way gems, in an up-close and personal performance. November 8th at 7:30 pm, and November 10th at 2 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
3:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

It's Pavarotti in 1974 On WRTI! Verdi's LUISA MILLER, San Francisco Opera, Oct. 26, 1 PM

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in Verdi's LUISA MILLER

Tune in for a treat on Saturday, October 26 at 1 pm. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in a San Francisco Opera archival production of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Recorded Fall 1974, War Memorial Opera House.

Synopsis and interview with Luciano Pavarotti

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Opera on WRTI
11:42 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Offenbach's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN: San Francisco Opera on WRTI, Oct. 19

Matthew Polenzani (left) as Hoffmann and Natalie Dessay as doomed singer Antonia.
Cory Weaver

A sensitive poet searches for love, and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani, who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power."

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