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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July 26, 2014

1:00 PM
Artist : Tamino: Lawrence Brownlee; Pamina: Janai Brugger; The Queen of the Night: Erika Miklosa; Sarastro: Evan Boyer; Papageno: Rodion Pogossov; First Lady: Hae Ji Chang; Second Lady: Cassandra Zoé Velasco; Third Lady: Peabody Southwell; Monostatos: Rodell Rosel; Papagena: Amanda Woodbury
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog :
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : recorded in performance


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


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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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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