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Opera on WRTI
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 30, 1 PM

Soprano Nina Stemme sings Isolde in Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

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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Opera on WRTI
3:56 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Verdi's IL TROVATORE: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 23, 1 PM

Marco Berti sings Manrico and Tamara Wilson sings Lenora in Verdi's Il Trovatore
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

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.

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Opera on WRTI
10:37 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Rossini's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS: Houston Grand Opera on WRTI, Nov. 2, 1 PM

Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers; Daniella Barcellona, Isabella; HGO Chorus 

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.

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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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