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 20, 2013

1:00 AM
Artist : Barbarigo, A Senator: Ben Bliss; Jacopo Loredano: Ievegen Orlov; Officer of Council of Ten: Omar Crook; Jacopo Foscari: Francesco Meli; Lucrezia Contarini: Marina Poplavskaya; Pisana: Tracy Cox; Francesco Foscari: Placido Domingo; Servant of the Doge: Hunter Phillips
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 10007 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance


Opera on WRTI
8:51 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Lyric Opera Of Chicago: Wagner's MEISTERSINGER, June 22 At 12:30 PM

James Morris as Hans Sachs

The best musician wins the prize, including marriage to the beautiful Eva. Stolzing has already fallen in love with her—and she with him—but he must first learn the arcane rules of the guild of Meistersingers before he can hope to win her hand. Stolzing has help from the revered Hans Sachs but an enemy in Beckmesser, and time is running out.

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WRTI Special Offer
11:27 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Special Offer: Save 25% On Opera Philadelphia's POWDER HER FACE

Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll - the notorious British socialite.

Being a duchess doesn't make her a lady. Hailed as "a masterpiece of contemporary music drama" by The New York Times, the opera Powder Her Face has earned infamy in musical theatre history for its half-hummed, half-sung  aria depicting the main character’s insatiable appetites.

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Opera on WRTI
9:05 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: ELEKTRA And HANSEL & GRETEL, June 8th

Soprano Christine Goerke sings the title role in Strauss' ELEKTRA.

This week it's a double bill from the Lyric Opera of Chicago starting with a performance of Elektra by Richard Strauss. Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Next, it's Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, with a German libretto written by Adelheid Wette, Humperdinck's sister, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Ward Stare conducts. Both operas are sung in German. Saturday, June 8th, 1 to 5 pm.

Richard Strauss: ELEKTRA

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Opera on WRTI
2:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Lyric Opera Of Chicago On WRTI: Massenet's WERTHER, May 25 at 1 PM

When it comes to romances that tear at the heartstrings, this one ranks among the best. Goethe’s novel on which it’s based made him the toast of Europe. And Jules Massenet’s emotionally vivid music - sometimes grandiose, sometimes achingly fragile - brilliantly illuminates the complex psychology of its troubled protagonists.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:02 pm

  • William Berger on 'Parsifal'
  • William Berger on 'Das Rheingold'
  • William Berger on 'Die Walküre'
  • William Berger on 'Tristan und Isolde'
  • William Berger on 'Die Meistersinger'

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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Opera on WRTI
3:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts On WRTI Begin With Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA On May 18th

Baritone Thomas Hampson sings the title role in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Simon Boccanegra

Get ready for a dynamic season of opera broadcasts from the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. The lineup includes La boheme, Elektra, Hansel & Gretel, Rigoletto, Oklahoma! and more. This Saturday, May 18th, it's Giuseppe Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA from 1 to 4 pm featuring baritone Thomas Hamspon in the title role. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

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The Metropolitan Opera
3:09 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

The Final Met Opera Broadcast Of The Season! Wagner's GOTTERDAMMERUNG, May 11th at 11 AM

Soprano Deborah Voigt sings Brunnhilde.

As this year's Metropolitan Opera broadcast season comes to a close, join us to hear Götterdämmerung, the last opera in Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle, "Der Ring des Nibelungen." The Ring's cataclysmic finale stars Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde opposite Lars Cleveman as Siegfried - the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Hans-Peter König is Hagen and Fabio Luisi conducts. Sunday, May 11, *11 am to 5 pm (*note early start time)

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The Metropolitan Opera
5:46 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

The Met Opera: Poulenc's DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, May 4, 11:30 AM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Mme Lidoine

Poulenc’s masterpiece makes a rare return to the repertory with a fine cast led by Patricia Racette, Felicity Palmer, and Isabel Leonard. Louis Langrée conducts this dramatic work with one of the most haunting final moments in opera. Saturday, May 4, *11:30 am to 3 pm (*note early start time).

Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites



Conductor: Louis Langrée
Blanche de la Force: Isabel Leonard
Mme Lidoine: Patricia Racette
Constance: Erin Morley
Mère Marie: Elizabeth Bishop
First Prioress: Felicity Palmer
Chevalier de la Force: Paul Appleby

The Metropolitan Opera
3:05 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Met Opera: Wagner's SIEGFRIED, April 20, 11 AM

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role, and soprano Deborah Voigt sings Brunnhilde in Richard Wagner's SIEGFRIED.

Join us for the third installment of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen," on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. Jay Hunter Morris reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the title hero, Deborah Voigt sings Brünnhilde, Mark Delavan is the Wanderer, and Eric Owens sings Alberich. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Saturday, April 20, *11 am to 5 pm (*note early start time).


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The Metropolitan Opera
5:23 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

The Met Opera: Wagner's DIE WALKURE, April 13, 11 AM

Soprano Deborah Voigt sings Brunnhilde

Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is back for three complete cycles in spring 2013, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. In this second installment, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world. Deborah Voigt sings Brünnhilde and Mark Delavan sings Wotan. Stephanie Blythe, Martina Serafin, Simon O'Neill, and Hans-Peter König also star. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Join us on Saturday, April 13th, *11 am to 4:30 pm. *Note early start time.


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