American Opera Series

Saturday's at 12 noon
  • Hosted by Peter van de Graaff

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago,Operas from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Delaware, and Opera Southwest We hope you’ll join us!

Highlights of the American Opera Series include:

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago, Part I

    May 12     Orphée et Eurydice / Gluck

    May 19     Rigoletto / Verdi

    May 26     Die Walküre / Wagner

    June 2      The Pearl Fishers / Bizet

    June 9      Turandot / Puccini

    June 16    I puritani / Bellini

    Operas from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union

    June 23     Lessons in Love and Violence / G. Benjamin / Royal Opera

    June 30     Macbeth / Verdi / Royal Opera

    July 7         The Return of Ulysses / Monteverdi / Royal Opera & Roundhouse

    July 14       Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky / Scottish Opera

    July 21       Un ballo in maschera / Verdi / Opera North

    July 28       Lohengrin / Wagner / Royal Opera

    August 4    Pelléas et Mélisande / Glyndebourne

    Lyric Opera of Chicago, Part II

    August 11     Così fan tutte / Mozart

    August 18     Faust / Gounod

    August 25     Das Rheingold / Wagner

    Sept 1              Bel Canto / J. López

    LA Opera

    Sept 8              Carmen / Bizet

    Sept 15            Nabucco / Verdi

    Sept 22            Norma / Bellini

    Sept 29            Gianni Schicci & Pagliacci / Puccini, Leoncavallo

    October 6       Moby Dick / J. Heggie

    San Francisco Opera

    October 13      Andrea Chénier / Giordano

    October 20     Barber of Seville / Rossini

    October 27      Don Pasquale / Donizetti

    November 3    Dream of the Red Chamber / B. Sheng

    November 10  Usher House & La chute de la maison Usher / Getty, Debussy

    Opera Delaware

    November 17   Semiramide / Rossini

    Opera Southwest

    November 24   William Tell / Rossini

Ken-Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma starring Angela Meade as Norma, Jamie Barton as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione, Morris Robinson as Oroveso, Rafael Moras as Flavio, and Lacey Jo Benter as Clotilde. James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Ken-Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco starring Plácido Domingo as Nabucco, Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Morris Robinson as Zaccaria, Mario Chang as Ismaele, with Gabriel Vamvulescu, Liv Redpath, and Joshua Wheeker.

Ken Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a new season of performance from the LA Opera opening with Bizet's Carmen featuring Ana María Martínez as Carmen, Brandon Jovanovich as Don José, Amanda Woodbury as Micaëla, and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo, with Liv Redpath, Kelley O’Connor, Brian Michael Moore, Theo Hoffman, Philip Cokorinos, and Juan Carlos Heredia. James Conlon will lead the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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*** Special Note: Red River Radio will carry live coverage of Senator John McCain's Memorial Service from the National Cathedral beginning at 9 a.m.  If this coverage runs long the Opera may be preempted and joined in progress. ***

Max Brückner (1836-1919) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.

Airs Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present the Lyric Opera of Chicago with a production of Wagner's Das Rheingold starring Eric Owens as Wotan, Samuel Youn as Alberich, Štefan Margita as Loge, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Fricka, Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Fasolt, Tobias Kehrer as Fafner, and Okka von der Damerau as Erda. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus.

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