Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Saturday is always opera day at WRTI! We bring 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.

Coming up...

November 29, 1 to 4 pm
Rossini Opera Festival presents: ARMIDA

December 6, 1 to 4 pm
A New Met Opera Season Begins!
Gioachino Rossini: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

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WRTI Spotlight
1:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Rossini Opera Festival on WRTI: Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1 PM

Rossini's ARMIDA

Listen to Rossini's ARMIDA on WRTI, Saturday, November 29th at 1 pm. The Rossini Opera Festival is an international opera festival entirely devoted to Gioachino Rossini and takes place in his hometown of Pesaro, Italy along the Adriatic Sea. It was founded in 1980, using funds donated to Pesaro by Rossini himself when he died in the 1869. Its mission is to revive, to perform on stage and to study the musical heritage connected with the composer.

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Opera Day on WRTI!
7:11 am
Sat November 15, 2014

AVA's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS on WRTI: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 PM

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig sings Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana In Algeri.

Join us for Opera Day on WRTI! This year, the opera in the starring role is AVA's current production of L'italiana In Algeri. Blurring the line between blatant sentimentality and utter lunacy, emotions and tensions flare in Gioachino Rossini’s jovial operatic drama of an Italian beauty shipwrecked and captured by the Bey of Algiers.

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WRTI Spotlight
8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

WRTI's Opera Day! Saturday, November 15th, 6 am to 6 pm

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in Rossini's L’iltaliana in Algeri performed by resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Saturday, November 15, 6 am to 6 pm on WRTI.

Hosted by WRTI's Dave Conant, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis, this celebration of opera will include numerous thank-you gifts to inspire you as we try to raise $30,000 in support of opera on WRTI.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:53 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Caramoor: Nov. 8th at 1 PM on WRTI

Soprano Angela Meade, a graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, sings the title role in LUCREZIA BORGIA.

Join us to hear Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece, Lucrezia Borgia, recorded live in July, 2014 at The Caramoor Summer Music Festival. Director of Opera Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a stellar cast, including acclaimed soprano Angela Meade in her highly anticipated debut in the title role, Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini, Michele Angelini as Gennaro, and Christophoros Stamboglis as Duke Alfonso.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Michigan Opera Theatre's CYRANO on WRTI: November 1st, 1 PM

Soprano Leah Patridge sings Roxane and baritone Marian Pop sings Cyrano.

Join us for David DiChiera's three-act opera Cyrano, based on Edmond Rostand’s celebrated stage drama of 1897 - the romantic tragedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Mark Flint conducts.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia on WRTI: Strauss' SALOME, Nov. 2, 1 PM

This Sunday at 1 pm, it’s the fast-paced, one-act opera Salome, among the most important musical works of the 20th century, standing out for its revolutionary use of a large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers, as much as for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale, performed in a historic, joint production by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. It was the Orchestra’s last concert this past May, just before they departed on their China Tour.

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Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held

In Richard Strauss' SALOME, the character depicting John the Baptist is beheaded after he refuses the advances of Salome.

It was a Bible story, and then a French play by Oscar Wilde. Then it was translated into German, before Strauss turned it into his opera, Salome. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a production from May, 2014 continued the evolution of this complex and compelling work of art.

On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' Salome.

Creatively Speaking
10:37 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Do You Know The First Figaro?

Neal Bledsoe as Count Almaviva, Adam Green as Figaro, and Naomi O'Connell as Rosine in Stephen Wadsworth's Beaumarchais adaptations, THE FIGARO PLAYS, at Princeton's McCarter Theatre through April, 2014.

Figaro, the wily barber of Seville is portrayed in two great operas. The popular Rossini work that bears his name and Mozart’s account of his marriage.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns explores how some legendary characters continue to speak to a contemporary director.

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Soprano Camilla Nylund: Singing SALOME Throughout The World

Lyric dramatic soprano Camilla Nylund, a native of Finland, singing Salome with Opera Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra in May, 2014.
Dominic Mercier

Oscar Wilde’s late 19th-century play, retelling the biblical story of Salome, became the basis for Richard Strauss' one-act opera SALOME that premiered in Dresden in 1905. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the opera continues to shock and dazzle, nearly a century later.

WRTI re-broadcasts The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in a joint production of Salome, with Camilla Nylund in the title role, on Sunday, November 2 at 1 pm.

A Musical Theater Special
10:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

SHOW BOAT on WRTI! Saturday, October 25, 1 PM

Bass Morris Robinson sings Joe in San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT

The San Francisco Opera presents Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein III's SHOW BOAT on WRTI. A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

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