Lyric Opera of Chicago

WRTI Spotlight
10:20 am
Sat July 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA! Lyric Opera Of Chicago On WRTI, July 13, 1 PM

“People Will Say We’re In Love”…“Surrey With The Fringe On Top”…“I Can’t Say No”…“Out Of My Dreams”…and more!  You know the songs and you love them all. Set in the West just after the turn of the last century, the high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop for one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Here is a story that is both touching and gripping—about growing up and falling in love, dreams and nightmares, and the promise and exuberance of a new land on the verge of statehood.

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Opera on WRTI
3:09 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Renee Fleming In Previn's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, July 6, 1 PM

Soprano Renee Fleming sings Blanche Dubois

“Who wants real? I know I don’t want it. I want magic!” Blanche DuBois—the fading southern belle who retreats into fantasy to escape from the brutal reality in which she’s forced to live. She’s a wounded, haughty, vulnerable, delusional misfit—a woman who won’t face the sensual side of herself and yet always succumbs to it. And when she moves in with her sister Stella and her sexually ruthless husband Stanley—worlds explode.

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Opera on WRTI
7:12 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM

This is a world where murder’s a sport and debauchery’s a way of life. At its rotten core reigns the Duke of Mantua, a serial seducer who’s out to conquer anyone in skirts—from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his noblemen friends. Aiding his boss in the game and cheering him on when he scores is Rigoletto, the despised court jester. Only one person brings him joy—his innocent daughter Gilda, whom he keeps behind locked doors and guards with his life.

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Opera on WRTI
8:51 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Lyric Opera Of Chicago: Wagner's MEISTERSINGER, June 22 At 12:30 PM

James Morris as Hans Sachs

The best musician wins the prize, including marriage to the beautiful Eva. Stolzing has already fallen in love with her—and she with him—but he must first learn the arcane rules of the guild of Meistersingers before he can hope to win her hand. Stolzing has help from the revered Hans Sachs but an enemy in Beckmesser, and time is running out.

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Opera on WRTI
9:05 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: ELEKTRA And HANSEL & GRETEL, June 8th

Soprano Christine Goerke sings the title role in Strauss' ELEKTRA.

This week it's a double bill from the Lyric Opera of Chicago starting with a performance of Elektra by Richard Strauss. Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Next, it's Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, with a German libretto written by Adelheid Wette, Humperdinck's sister, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Ward Stare conducts. Both operas are sung in German. Saturday, June 8th, 1 to 5 pm.

Richard Strauss: ELEKTRA

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Opera on WRTI
2:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Lyric Opera Of Chicago On WRTI: Massenet's WERTHER, May 25 at 1 PM

When it comes to romances that tear at the heartstrings, this one ranks among the best. Goethe’s novel on which it’s based made him the toast of Europe. And Jules Massenet’s emotionally vivid music - sometimes grandiose, sometimes achingly fragile - brilliantly illuminates the complex psychology of its troubled protagonists.

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Opera on WRTI
3:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts On WRTI Begin With Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA On May 18th

Baritone Thomas Hampson sings the title role in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Simon Boccanegra

Get ready for a dynamic season of opera broadcasts from the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. The lineup includes La boheme, Elektra, Hansel & Gretel, Rigoletto, Oklahoma! and more. This Saturday, May 18th, it's Giuseppe Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA from 1 to 4 pm featuring baritone Thomas Hamspon in the title role. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:24 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Verdi's AIDA on June 30th at 1 pm

Aida (Sondra Radvanovsky) and Radmes (Marcello Giordani) embrace in Lyric Opera of Chicago's AIDA.
Dan Rest

Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music show us Verdi at the peak of his powers - masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy. Don't miss this season's final broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:00 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Handel's RINALDO on June 23 at 1 pm

David Daniels and Elza van den Heever in RINALDO
Daniel Rest

With Jerusalem as the prize, General Goffredo and his chief knight Rinaldo are battling it out with King Argante. But the king’s lover and ally is the sorceress Armida — and she uses every trick in her arsenal to help win the war. Good thing Rinaldo has some supernatural reinforcements of his own!

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WRTI Spotlight
3:24 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Show Boat on June 16th at 1 pm

You can't help but love Jerome Kern's Show Boat! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety, and an unmistakably American atmosphere. It's one memorable, heart-wrenching song after another : “Ol’ Man River”...“Make Believe”...“You Are Love”...“Bill”...“Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

Nathan Gunn and Ashley Brown star in this production. Join us on Saturday, June 16th from 1 to 4 pm.

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