Lyric Opera of Chicago

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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WRTI Spotlight
7:32 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS on June 9th

Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party - and you're invited on Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 4 pm. First, guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who has a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:50 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE on June 2nd

Look out for dancing bears and dinosaurs…into the enchanted forest we go on Saturday, June 2nd, from 1 to 4:30 pm. Lyric’s inspired production reflects the composer himself - seamlessly blending emotional profundity with slapstick humor that appeals to the kid in us all.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago
9:52 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV on May 26th

It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created. Listen to BORIS GODUNOV on Saturday, May 26th from 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that - his people are starving.

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