Houston Grand Opera

It's Richard Wagner's transcendent and tragic masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde on WRTI this Saturday at 1 pm. The two lovers will be sung by Canadian tenor Ben Heppner and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme. Patrick Summers conducts.

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Set in 15th-century northern Spain, Il trovatore tells the story of Manrico, a gypsy troubadour who has fallen in love with the Duchess of Aragon. However, the Count di Luna is also attracted to Aragon, and when he attempts to take her from Manrico, the troubadour takes the count’s life in a duel, not realizing they were brothers, and that his mother Azucena actually stole him from a family of royals many years ago.

From the moment she lands on the Algerian coast to rescue Lindoro, her true love, we know the resourceful Isabella is going to outsmart the conniving Mustafà, whose great hope is to find an Italian wife for himself.

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

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

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.