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 19, 1 to 4 pm
Georges Bizet: CARMEN

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

August 10, 2013

1:00 PM
FLYING DUTCHMAN
Artist : THE DUTCHMAN: Tómas Tómasson; SENTA: Elisabete Matos; ERIK: Corey Bix; DALAND: James Creswell; THE STEERSMAN: Matthew Plenk; MARY: Ronnita Nicole Miller
Album :
Composer : Richard Wagner
Catalog : 55179 CD
Conductor : James Conlon
Orchestra : LA Opera Orchestra
Label : recorded in performance

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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

Synopsis

Cast:

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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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

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