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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:02 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80

American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 5:44 pm

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Opera on WRTI
4:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN: The Met Opera on WRTI, Jan. 18 at 1 PM

Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role, and soprano Anna Netrebko sings Tatiana in The Metropolitan Opera's EUGENE ONEGIN.

Join us for an archival broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance Eugene Onegin. Valery Gergiev conducts the performance from October 5th, 2013, which features soprano Anna Netrebko as the naive heroine Tatiana, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as the aristocratic title character, and tenor Piotr Beczala as the poet Lenski. Mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova sings the role of Tatiana’s sister, Olga, and Alexei Tanovitski sings Prince Gremin.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
9:38 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan.
Prototype Opera Festival

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 12:53 pm

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan. What happened next was horrifying, says singer and composer Kamala Sankaram.

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Opera on WRTI
12:02 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS: The Met Opera on WRTI, Jan. 11th at 1 PM

Susanna Phillips in Die Fledermaus

It's Johann Strauss Jr.'s beloved operatic confection, with a revised libretto by acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, this production of DIE FLEDERMAUS (The Bat) features Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman leading the sparkling cast, which also includes Jane Archibald, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Fabiano, and Paulo Szot. Adam Fischer conducts. Sung in English. Saturday, January 11, 1 to 5 pm.

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The Metropolitan Opera
9:54 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE: The Met Opera on WRTI, Jan. 4, 1 PM

Join us for a family favorite! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE. This fanciful production is sung in English and runs a brisk 100 minutes - perfect for new opera listeners. The winning cast includes Alek Shrader as Tamino, Eric Owens as Sarastro, and Nathan Gunn as the winsome Papageno. Saturday, January 4, 1 to 2:45 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
1:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Met Opera on WRTI: Verdi's FALSTAFF, December 14, 1 PM

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi's FALSTAFF.

An undisputed master of Verdi's final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts the first new Met Falstaff since 1964. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble cast, in a production set in the mid-20th century. Join us on Saturday, December 14, 1 to 4 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
1:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Met Opera on WRTI: Season Premier Broadcast, Dec. 7, 1 PM

Matthew Polenzani as The Duke and Wallis Giunta as Countess Ceprano in Verdi's RIGOLETTO
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013/14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins on WRTI with a live broadcast of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto, set in Las Vegas and starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performance of the title role. Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two artists make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Bass Štefan Kocán and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova are the corrupt siblings Sparafucile and Maddalena.

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Opera on WRTI
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 30, 1 PM

Soprano Nina Stemme sings Isolde in Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

It's Richard Wagner's transcendent and tragic masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde on WRTI this Saturday at 1 pm. The two lovers will be sung by Canadian tenor Ben Heppner and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme. Patrick Summers conducts.

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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!

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