LA Opera

Opera on WRTI
10:30 am
Sat August 24, 2013

LA Opera: Puccini's TOSCA, August 24th at 1 PM

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role.

A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive triangle comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera's bloodiest, most intense dramas.

 One of the most popular of all operas, Tosca is a passionate tale set to some of Puccini's most openly beautiful and passionate music. Placido Domingo conducts. Saturday, August 24, 1 to 4 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
4:53 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

LA Opera On WRTI: Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella), August 17th at 1 PM

Kate Lindsey sings the title role in Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella).

In her impoverished stepfather's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.

Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast. James Conlon conducts. Saturday, August 17, 1 to 4 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
7:22 am
Wed August 7, 2013

LA Opera: Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, August 10th, 1 PM

Icelandic baritone Tomas Tomasson sings the title role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers - and more recently, movie lovers - for hundreds of years. An enthralling score powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption. James Conlon, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production. Richard Wagner: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN ((Der fliegende Holländer), Saturday, August 10, 1 to 3:30 pm.

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Opera on WRTI
9:52 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

LA Opera: Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, August 3, 1 PM

Oksana Dyka as Cio-Cio-San, carrying Patrick Lucaric, as Cio-Cio-San's child

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. Join us for LA Opera's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Saturday, August 3, 1 to 4 pm. Grant Gershon conducts.

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Opera on WRTI
5:07 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

LA Opera: Verdi's THE TWO FOSCARI, July 20, 1 PM

This week it's the return of LA Opera to WRTI.  Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of Verdi's masterpiece I Due Foscari. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

LA Opera: LA BOHEME, August 11th at 1 pm

AVA alums Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello are married (in real life!) and starring as Mimi and Rodolfo.

Academy of Vocal Arts alums, and husband and wife in real life, Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello star as Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini's tragic, ultra-romantic opera about struggling young artists and the risks of living life on the edge in Paris around 1830.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:46 am
Sat August 4, 2012

LA Opera: ALBERT HERRING on August 4th

Benjamin Britten's comedy Albert Herring takes place in the English countryside where meek mama’s boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village’s first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found. Soprano Christine Brewer stars as the formidable Lady Billows. Saturday, August 4th, 1 to 4:15 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
10:55 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

LA Opera: SIMON BOCCANEGRA on July 28th

Placido Domingo

Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender bond between father and daughter. Join us on Saturday, July 28th, 1 to 4:15 pm.

CAST:
Simon Boccanegra: Placido Domingo
Amelia: Ana Maria Martinez
Jacopo Fiesco: Vitalij Kowaljow
Gabriele Adorno: Stefano Secco
Paolo Albiani: Paolo Gavanelli
Pietro: Robert Pomakov
CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

WRTI Spotlight
1:57 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

LA Opera: ROMEO ET JULIETTE on July 21st

Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers in Charles Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE. An opera in five acts, with a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, it's based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet) in Paris on April 27th, 1867. The opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano.

Saturday, July 21st, 1 to 4:15 pm

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LA Opera
11:42 am
Sat July 14, 2012

LA Opera: COSI FAN TUTTE on July 14th at 1 pm

Saimir Pirgu, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Ruxandra Donose, and Aleksandra Kurzak

Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes comes to life with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit on Saturday, July 14th, from 1 to 4:30 pm.

The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.  An opera buffa (comic opera) in two acts, it was first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte – this is the third in a trilogy of librettos by Da Ponte; the others were for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

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