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.

LA Opera:

August 2, 1 to 3:30 pm,
Benjamin Britten: BILLY BUDD

August 9, 1 to 3:30 pm
Gaetano Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

August 16, 1 to 3:15 pm
Jules Massenet: THAIS

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November 23, 2013

1:00 PM
IL TROVATORE
Artist : Leonora: Tamara Wilson; Manrico:Marco Berti; AQzucena: Dolora Zajick; Count di Luna: Tómas Tómasson
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor : Patrick Summers
Orchestra : Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance

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WRTI Spotlight
5:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Massenet's WERTHER, March 15, 1 PM

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Werther is "another success for Mr. Kaufmann, currently the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera... Mr. Kaufmann is ideal in the role. He sings with dark colorings, melting warmth, virile intensity and powerful top notes." (New York Times)

Sophie Koch, "in her overdue Met debut... brings a plush, strong voice and aching vulnerability to Charlotte... [She] sang with gleaming intensity." (New York Times)

"Alain Altinoglu led a beautifully restrained account of the score, drawing supple, deep-textured and nuanced playing from the Met orchestra." (New York Times)

An article about the opera

Synopsis

CAST:

Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Sophie: Lisette Oropesa
Charlotte: Sophie Koch
Werther: Jonas Kaufmann
Albert: David Bižic
La Bailli: Jonathan Summers

WRTI Spotlight
8:26 am
Sat March 8, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, March 8, 1 PM

Danielle de Niese sings Ariel and Plácido Domingo sings Neptune in The Metropolitan Opera's THE ENCHANTED ISLAND.
Ken Howard

This week, we're back at our usual 1 pm start time! Tune in for the Met’s delightful Baroque fantasy THE ENCHANTED ISLAND. The opera returns after its critically acclaimed world-premiere run in 2011–12, bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, set to a brilliant new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Borodin's PRINCE IGOR, March 1 at 12 Noon

Bass Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role in Borodin's PRINCE IGOR.

There's an early start time for Saturday's Met Opera broadcast - it's 12 noon, an hour earlier than usual.  This week, the Met Opera presents Alexander Borodin's defining Russian epic, PRINCE IGOR. Famous for its Polovtsian Dances, the opera comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.

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Creatively Speaking
11:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Young, Independent Opera Star: Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili

Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings Konchakovna in the Met's latest production of Alexander Borodin’s epic PRINCE IGOR.

Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the title role for a season-opening new production of Carmen at La Scala. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili got her big break in 2009. 

She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:14 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI: Strauss' DER ROSENKAVALIER, Feb. 22, 1 PM

Martina Serafin sings the Marschallin, and Alice Coote sings Octavian in this 2013 Met Opera production of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.

It’s love hidden, proclaimed, delayed, found...and love not to be. Richard Strauss' bittersweet romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) features a superb ensemble led by Viennese soprano Martina Serafin in one of her signature roles, the Marschallin. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote sings the trouser role of the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, while soprano Erin Morley is Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the two.

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Opera on WRTI
5:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Renee Fleming and Yannick: The Met Opera on WRTI, Dvorak's RUSALKA, Feb. 8, 1 PM

Renee Fleming sings the title role in Dvorak's RUSALKA.

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and our very own Philadelphia Orchestra maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium. Saturday, February 8, 1 to 5 pm on WRTI.

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Creatively Speaking
4:49 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Super Bowl Soprano Renee Fleming Returns To Her "Day Job"

Soprano Renee Fleming scored a touchdown in her pre-Super Bowl performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Singing at The Metropolitan Opera rarely means just returning to "business as usual." But - for soprano Renee Fleming, the worldwide audience for the February 8th Met Opera radio broadcast and HD simulcast in which she stars will be small change compared to the millions who watched her recent pre-Super Bowl performance.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
10:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells the story of an Auschwitz prisoner and a Nazi guard, whose lives continue to interweave after the the war.
Lynn Lane Houston Grand Opera

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:00 am

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich called it a perfect masterpiece without ever having seen it performed. The Passenger, an opera about the Holocaust, was written nearly half a century ago, but was only given its first full performance just three years ago.

Now it's getting its U.S. premiere at the Houston Grand Opera. The opera is based on a story by a Holocaust survivor, with music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a composer who lost his entire family in the Nazi death camps.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
7:23 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

From taffeta to tackles: Soprano Renee Fleming has been tapped to sing at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Karin Cooper Courtesy of Washington National Opera

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 4:05 pm

She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL just announced that American soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
5:37 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Netrebko and Vargas in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love: The Met Opera on WRTI, Jan. 25, 1 PM

Soprano sings Adina in Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE.

Soprano Anna Netrebko reprises her adorable Adina in this charming production of Gaetano Donizetti’s tender comedy. Acclaimed tenor Ramón Vargas is the love-struck Nemorino, and Erwin Schrott sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose "magic" potion causes as many problems as it solves, and maps the destiny of a love triangle involving a lovable bumpkin, a dashing sergeant, and a bewitching town flirt.

L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) includes the heartbreaking aria "Una furtiva lagrima."

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