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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October 13, 2012

1:00 AM
NIXON IN CHINA
Artist : Richard Nixon: Brian Mulligan; Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova; Mao Tse-tung: Simon O’Neill; Chiang Ch’ing: Hye Jung Lee; Chou En-Lai: Chen-Ye Yuan; Henry Kissinger: Patrick Carfizzi; Nancy T’ang: Ginger Costa-Jackson
Album :
Composer : John Adams
Catalog : 559031 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Renes
Orchestra : San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance

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The Metropolitan Opera
1:47 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

The Met Opera: Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD, April 6th, 1 PM

Wagner's Ring Cycle is back on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. In the epic's first installment, the theft of the Rhinegold and Alberich's curse set in motion the tragic events that will lead to the downfall of the gods. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads an extraordinary cast that includes Stephanie Blythe, Stefan Margita, and Mark Delavan as Wotan. Saturday, April 6, 1 to 3:30 pm.

The Opera: In Focus

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The Metropolitan Opera
3:55 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Met Opera: Yannick and LA TRAVIATA, March 30 at 12:30 PM

Soprano Diana Damrau tackles Verdi’s eternal heroine for the first time anywhere in Willy Decker’s inspiring production. Plácido Domingo expands his repertoire to sing the baritone role of Germont, Violetta’s tormentor. Tenor Saimir Pirgu sings Alfredo, her naïve lover. Our very own Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts! Saturday, March 30, *12:30 to 3:15 pm. (*Note early start time.)

Cast:

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Violetta Valéry: Diana Damrau
Alfredo Germont: Saimir Pirgu
Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo

The Metropolitan Opera
11:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Met Opera Archival Broadcast: Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, March 23, 1 pm

Soprano Leontyne Price

Verdi's sprawling, moving drama, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, chronicles a noble family destroyed by powers beyond their control. In this classic performance, James Levine conducts a legendary cast, with Leontyne Price and Placido Domingo as the ill-fated overs. Archival performance from 1977, Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 pm.

Cast:
Leonora: Leontyne Price
Freziosilla: Rosalind Elias
Don Alvaro: Placido Domingo
Don Carlo: Cornell MacNeil
Fra Meutone: Renato Capecchi
Padre Guardiano: Martti Talvela

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The Metropolitan Opera
8:22 am
Sat March 16, 2013

The Met Opera: Zandonai's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, March 16 at 1 pm

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the title role in The Met's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI.

Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star as the tragic lovers in Riccardo Zandonai's melodic gem Francesca da Rimini, which is back on the Met stage for the first time in more than 25 years.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Francesca da Rimini Revived At The Met

 

There may be no other historical figure about whom more operas have been written than Francesca da Rimini.  The 13th-century Italian aristocrat has been the subject of more than a dozen eponymous works for the opera stage.  And, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, most of them get her story wrong.

In the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of the rarely performed Francesca da Rimini, which airs on WRTI on March 16th and will also be transmitted live in HD at movie theaters in our region, tenor Robert Brubaker (a Lancaster, PA native) sings Malatestino, a third brother also in love with Francesca who helps plot her demise.

Listen to Jim Cotter’s full interview with tenor Robert Brubaker

The Metropolitan Opera
2:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's DON CARLO, March 9th at 11 am

Ramon Vargas in the title role and Barbara Frittoli as Elisabeth de Valois

This powerful 2010 production of DON CARLO features a strong cast for Verdi’s epic vision of the Spanish Inquisition. Ramón Vargas sings the title role, joined by Barbara Frittoli, Anna Smirnova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Eric Halfvarson. Lorin Maazel conducts.

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The Metropolitan Opera
11:35 am
Sat March 2, 2013

The Met Opera: Wagner's PARSIFAL, March 2 at 12 pm

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in Wagner's PARSIFAL.

Wagner’s final masterpiece explores the many facets of this mystical score. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts. Saturday, March 2, * 12 noon to 6 pm (*note early start time).

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The Metropolitan Opera
3:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

The Met Opera: Bizet's CARMEN, Feb. 23 at 12:30 pm

The Metropolitan Opera's hit production of Georges Bizet's Carmen stars Anita Rachvelishvili, who made a sensational Met debut in the title role in 2010. "With her smoldering, earthy sexuality, she is ideal for the role" of the sultry gypsy (New York Times).

Nikolai Schukoff sings Don José, the soldier whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Ekaterina Scherbachenko is the loyal Micaëla and Dwayne Croft sings the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Michele Mariotti conducts. Saturday, February 23, *12:30 to 5 pm (note early start time).

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WRTI Spotlight
4:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, Feb 16 at 1pm

Željko Lučić as Rigoletto
Ken Howard/Met Opera

Michael Mayer’s bold new production locates Verdi’s tragedy of lust, betrayal, and revenge in Las Vegas in 1960. Željko Lučić sings the title role and Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter, who falls under the spell of Piotr Beczala’s womanizing Duke.

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The Metropolitan Opera
12:22 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Met Opera: Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Feb. 9 at 1 pm

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings Adina

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Erwin Schrott sings Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts. Saturday, February 9th, 1 to 4 pm

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