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

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July 21, 2012

1:00 PM
Romeo et Juliette
Artist : Juliette: Nino Machaidze; Romeo: Vittorio Grigolo; Mercutio: Museop Kim; Frere Laurent: Vitalij Kowaljow; Count Capulet: Vladimir Chernov; Tybalt: Alexey Sayapin
Album :
Composer : Charles Gounod
Catalog : 6004 CD
Conductor : Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra : Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Label : Recorded in performance

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Opera on WRTI
7:22 am
Wed August 7, 2013

LA Opera: Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, August 10th, 1 PM

Icelandic baritone Tomas Tomasson sings the title role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers - and more recently, movie lovers - for hundreds of years. An enthralling score powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption. James Conlon, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production. Richard Wagner: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN ((Der fliegende Holländer), Saturday, August 10, 1 to 3:30 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
9:52 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

LA Opera: Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, August 3, 1 PM

Oksana Dyka as Cio-Cio-San, carrying Patrick Lucaric, as Cio-Cio-San's child

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. Join us for LA Opera's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Saturday, August 3, 1 to 4 pm. Grant Gershon conducts.

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Opera on WRTI
10:23 am
Sat July 27, 2013

LA Opera: Franz Schreker's THE STIGMATIZED, July 27, 1 PM

Franz Schreker (1878 - 1934)

"Franz Schreker is perhaps the most striking example of a highly recognized Austrian composer whose music disappeared after it was banned in 1933," says conductor James Conlon. "He was so prominent that some viewed him as the successor to both Wagner and Strauss.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:44 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.
The Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:27 pm

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Opera on WRTI
5:07 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

LA Opera: Verdi's THE TWO FOSCARI, July 20, 1 PM

This week it's the return of LA Opera to WRTI.  Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of Verdi's masterpiece I Due Foscari. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:20 am
Sat July 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA! Lyric Opera Of Chicago On WRTI, July 13, 1 PM

“People Will Say We’re In Love”…“Surrey With The Fringe On Top”…“I Can’t Say No”…“Out Of My Dreams”…and more!  You know the songs and you love them all. Set in the West just after the turn of the last century, the high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop for one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Here is a story that is both touching and gripping—about growing up and falling in love, dreams and nightmares, and the promise and exuberance of a new land on the verge of statehood.

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A Supremely Unique Opera
4:33 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:39 pm

On the day after the Supreme Court concluded its epic term in June, two of the supreme judicial antagonists, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, met over a mutual love: opera.

When it comes to constitutional interpretation, the conservative Scalia and the liberal Ginsburg are leaders of the court's two opposing wings. To make matters yet more interesting, the two have been friends for decades, since long before Scalia was named to the court by President Reagan and Ginsburg by President Clinton.

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Opera on WRTI
3:09 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Renee Fleming In Previn's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, July 6, 1 PM

Soprano Renee Fleming sings Blanche Dubois

“Who wants real? I know I don’t want it. I want magic!” Blanche DuBois—the fading southern belle who retreats into fantasy to escape from the brutal reality in which she’s forced to live. She’s a wounded, haughty, vulnerable, delusional misfit—a woman who won’t face the sensual side of herself and yet always succumbs to it. And when she moves in with her sister Stella and her sexually ruthless husband Stanley—worlds explode.

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Opera on WRTI
7:12 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM

This is a world where murder’s a sport and debauchery’s a way of life. At its rotten core reigns the Duke of Mantua, a serial seducer who’s out to conquer anyone in skirts—from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his noblemen friends. Aiding his boss in the game and cheering him on when he scores is Rigoletto, the despised court jester. Only one person brings him joy—his innocent daughter Gilda, whom he keeps behind locked doors and guards with his life.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:59 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Meet The 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Sunday night.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 10:45 am

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