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:

July 26, 1 to 4 pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: THE MAGIC FLUTE

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

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

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Playlist

March 30, 2013

12:30 PM
LA TRAVIATA
Artist : Violetta Valéry: Diana Damrau; Alfredo Germont: Saimir Pirgu; Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : Live performance

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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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Opera on WRTI
12:13 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Wagner's LOHENGRIN: San Francisco Opera on WRTI, October 12

Tenor Brandon Jovanovich sings the title role in Wagner's LOHENGRIN.

The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Richard Wagner's most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor" (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubt-plagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund "evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Opera on WRTI
12:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE: San Francisco Opera on WRTI, October 5, 1 PM

Soprano Christel Lötzsch sings Dorabella in Mozart's opera buffa COSI FAN TUTTE.

Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers' fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama first performed in 1790.

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Opera on WRTI
12:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

San Francisco Opera: Jake Heggie's MOBY-DICK, September 14, 1 PM

Jay Hunter Morris sings Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie's MOBY-DICK.

"Achingly beautiful" is how the Associated Press describes San Francisco Opera's production of Moby-Dick. Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville's meditation on man and the sea into "...a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater..." (San Francisco Chronicle).

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
Carol Rosegg New York City Opera

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:15 pm

There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.

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