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 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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March 23, 2013

1:00 AM
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Artist : Leonora: Leontyne Price; Freziosilla: Rosalind Elias; Don Alvaro: Placido Domingo; Don Carlo: Cornell MacNeil; Fra Meutone: Renato Capecchi; Padre Guardiano: Martti Talvela
Album :
Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62978 CD
Conductor : James Levine
Orchestra : Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Label : 1977 Met archival recording

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Deceptive Cadence
2:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.
Samantha West courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:50 am

When a new festival for opera and musical theater called "Prototype" opened in New York last month, it wasn't inaugurated with a huge new piece. Instead, the festival was kicked off with the first staging of Mohammed Fairouz' opera Sumeida's Song — a work for four singers and a handful of musicians that lasts just 60 minutes long, presented at Here, a theater in Manhattan's Tribeca that seats just 100 people.

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The Metropolitan Opera
7:32 am
Sat January 26, 2013

The Met Opera: Puccini's LA RONDINE, Jan. 26th at 1 pm

Kristine Opolais made “a spectacular Met debut” (New York Post). As Magda, she “brought creamy sound, pliant phrasing and floating high notes” to Puccini’s La Rondine. “A lovely woman and an affectingly natural actress, she has a plush voice with a throbbing richness that lends a touch of poignancy to every phrase she sings (New York Times).

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Doubt, The Opera
2:42 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.
Michal Daniel Minnesota Opera

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:25 pm

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The Metropolitan Opera
6:49 am
Fri January 18, 2013

The Met Opera: Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA, Jan. 19th at 1 pm

Joyce DiDonato sings the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots
David Zobel

Joyce DiDonato's performance in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, "will be pointed to as a model of singing," full of  "plush richness and aching beauty," in this Met premiere production. Elza van den Heever is "a vocally burnished and emotionally tempestuous" Elizabeth (New York Times). Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, January 19th, 1 to 4 pm.
Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

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Creatively Speaking
10:41 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Joyce, Queen of Mezzos

Jim Cotter speaks with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

WRTI will broadcast Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda live from The Metropolitan Opera on January 19th. The performance will also be shown live in hundreds of movie theaters around the world.

In this tale of royal intrigue, set in 16th-century England, the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots is sung by Joyce DiDonato. WRTI’s Jim Cotter spoke with the superstar mezzo-soprano about her latest role, how she constructs her characters, and how her years at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts were more useful personally and professionally than artistically.

Today, Joyce DiDonato is firmly ensconced on opera’s "A" list. But when she was training at AVA in the 1990s, such a future outcome seemed very unlikely.

DIDONATO: I wasn’t a star singer there and it wasn’t clear that I would go on and have a career, I had to go deep inside myself and ask do I still want to stay with this?

COTTER: So why did stick with it?

DIDONATO: I had to.

After Philadelphia, she had spells in the young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera where she says it all began to come together for her vocally.

COTTER: The voice started getting free and I started too find my voice, and that needed to happen. And happily it did and I continuously work to find more freedom.

DiDonato believes that in order to fully explore roles she needs to understand what the composer wanted, the historical context of the story and bring her own life experiences to the process of creating a fully fleshed-out character.

DIDONATO: The pain that I’ve gone through, in various ways, it always comes out of nowhere and socks you over the head. Of course I use that. It informs who I am as a human being and therefore it informs who I am as an artist.

WRTI Spotlight
1:33 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's IL TROVATORE, January 12 at 1 pm

Patricia Racette as Leonora
Ken Howard The Metropolitan Opera

Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore returns to the Met in a revival the New York Times calls "rousing, satisfying, truly fun." Verdi’s intense melodrama includes some of the composer’s most memorable music. Patricia Racette is in the role of Leonora, Marco Berti sings Manrico, and Alexey Markov is the Count, with star mezzo Stephanie Blythe as the deadly gypsy Azucena. Saturday, January 12, 1 to 4 pm.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association

Cast:

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WRTI Spotlight
8:45 am
Sat January 5, 2013

The Met Opera: Berlioz's LES TROYENS, Jan. 5th at 12 noon

The Met offers a rare opportunity to hear Hector Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces. Susan Graham's tones were burnished, her acting impassioned.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:02 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Met Opera: Thomas Ades' THE TEMPEST, Dec. 29 at 1 pm

The New York Times calls Thomas Adès’s masterpiece “one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years….and offers a superb cast, headed by the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside… Ariel is a dazzling creation and Audrey Luna conquers the role…Adès drew a textured, glittering and suspenseful account of his opera from the great Met orchestra.” The Financial Times lauds the performance’s “rare virtuosity… Keenlyside sang with sensitive force… [and] loomed and brooded magnetically.” The Associated Press praises Adès’s “magical score

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A Special Holiday Family Production in English
12:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Met Opera: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Dec. 22 at 1 pm

The Barber of Seville is a rollicking comedy classic the entire family can enjoy. This holiday entertainment is razor-sharp, stylishly-sung (in English!) and just two hours long. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Saturday, December 22, 1 to 3 pm.

CAST:
Conductor: Yves Abel
Rosina: Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader
Figaro: Rodion Pogossov

WRTI Spotlight
4:56 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The Met Opera: Verdi's AIDA on Dec. 15th at 1 pm

Liudmyla Monastyrska makes her Met Opera debut singing the title role of Verdi's AIDA.

The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Carl Tanner and Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Dolora Zajick and Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts this revival.

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