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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Playlist

September 07, 2013

1:00 PM
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
Artist : Giulietta: Nicole Cabell; Romeo: Joyce DiDonato; Tebaldo: Saimir Pirgu; Lorenzo: Ao Li; Capellio: Eric Owens
Album :
Composer : Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor : Riccardo Frizza
Orchestra : SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
Label : recorded in performance

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WRTI Spotlight
7:20 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The Doomed Mary Queen of Scots: Houston Grand Opera, Dec. 1st at 1 pm

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role

The tragic opera Maria Stuarda, part of Donizetti's “Tudor Trilogy” of operas, reveals the deadly rivalry between two monarchs: Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Elizabeth has imprisoned Mary for treason, but agrees to meet with her at the urging of the Earl of Leicester—Elizabeth's advisor and Mary's lover. Tempers flare, insults are hurled, and Mary's fate is sealed. She contemplates her death with great dignity and virtuosic bel canto singing in the final scene.

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News & Views
11:25 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Verdi's DON CARLOS Says It All With Opera!

Classical host Gregg Whiteside discusses DON CARLOS with Meridee Duddleston.

A long war between France and Spain winds down with a peace treaty.  A cross-border royal marriage solidifies the deal.  Over the course of the next several hours, Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi tests the limits of a king’s power, the good intentions of a jealous princess, and the loyalty of a dear friend. Underscoring it all, are the righteous fury of the Spanish Inquisition and the unfulfilled love of Spain’s Don Carlo and the virtuous Elizabeth of France, culminating in one puzzling conclusion.   

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WRTI Spotlight
3:37 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Academy of Vocal Arts: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Nov. 10th at 1 pm

Steven LaBrie as Figaro
Paul Sirochman

Rossini’s melodies create the perfect atmosphere for the ever-popular comedy, Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Based on the Beaumarchais play of the same name, this farce makes use of outrageous scheming, hilarious disguises, and the vocal talent of the Academy of Vocal Arts' award-winning resident artists. Don't miss this very special broadcast on Saturday, November 10th, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:56 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Houston Grand Opera: Beethoven's FIDELIO, Nov. 3rd, 1 pm

Soprano Karita Matilla sings Leonore, disguised as Fidelio in Beethoven's only opera.

Leonore is willing to do whatever it takes to free her husband, Florestan, an innocent political prisoner. Disguised as a boy (Fidelio), she bravely prevents Florestan's assassination by a corrupt governor. Beethoven's only opera is a musically brilliant story of a wife's selfless and courageous love. Listen on Saturday, November 3, 1 to 3:30 pm.

Ludwig van Beethoven: FIDELIO
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner. Sung in German

CAST:
Florestan: Simon O'Neill
Leonore/Fidelio: Karita Mattila

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WRTI Spotlight
5:37 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Houston Grand Opera: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Oct. 27th, 1 pm

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez sings Rosina.

Opera's notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful, young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love. Rossini's score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some of opera's most familiar arias, including the famous "Largo al factotum," otherwise known as "Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!" Join us on Saturday, October 27th, 1 to 3:30 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:30 am
Sat October 20, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Verdi's ATTILA, Oct. 20th at 1 pm

Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings Ezio; Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Attila.

The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. The intense, conflicted anti-hero comes vividly alive in this “vibrant and engrossing musical drama” (The New York Times).

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WRTI Spotlight
4:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, Oct. 13th at 1 pm

Mao Tse-tung: Simon O'Neill; Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova; Richard Nixon: Brian Mulligan

John Adams' rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece made its San Francisco Opera premiere earlier this year featuring baritone Brian Mulligan. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, leads the orchestra.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:10 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Toscanini And Puccini's LA BOHEME: Oct. 6th at 1 pm

Arturo Toscanini

Join us to hear a very special 1946 recording of Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME conducted by the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini. Pledge at the $365 level and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection, with 84 CDs and 1 DVD. Of course the set includes this 1946 recording! Saturday, October 6th at 1 pm. Don't miss it!

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WRTI Spotlight
1:24 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Toscanini And Verdi's LA TRAVIATA: September 29th at 1 pm

Join us to hear a very special 1946 recording of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA conducted by the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. Pledge at the $365 level on September 29th and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection, with 84 CDs and 1 DVD. Of course the set includes this 1946 recording! Saturday, September 29th at 1 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:16 am
Sat September 22, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA, Sept. 22nd at 1 pm

Renee Fleming sings the title role in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA

Renée Fleming sings the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale, renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Saturday, September 22, 1 to 3:15 pm

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