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

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Airs Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer The Royal Opera House of London's performance of Verdi's MacBeth starring Željko Lucic as Macbeth, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Banco, Konu Kim as Malcolm, and Yusif Eyvazov as Macduff. The Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus is under the direction of Antonio Pappano.

Airs Saturday, June 22, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer The Royal Opera  House of London's production of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence. This production stars Stéphane Degout as King, Barbara Hannigan as Isabel, Gyula Orendt as Gaveston, and Peter Hoare as Mortimer. this performance also features Samuel Boden, Jennifer France, Krisztina Szabó, and Andri Björn Robertson. George Benjamin conducts this production by the The Royal Opera House of London.

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Airs Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's performance of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani starring Albina Shagimuratova as Elvira, Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo, Anthony Clark Evans as Riccardo, and Adrian Sâmpetrean as Giorgio. Eric Einhorn directs, Michael Black is our chorus master, and Enrique Mazzolla will conduct the Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus in this production.

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Airs Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Giacomo Puccini's Turandot starring Amber Wagner as Turandot, Patrick Guetti as A Mandarin, Andrea Silvestrelli as Timur, Stefano La Colla as Calaf, and Maria Agresta as Liù. This production also features Geoffrey Agpalo, Zachary Nelson, Rodell Rosel, Keith Jameson, Desirée Hassler, Stephanie Schoenhofer, and Josh Lovell. Sir Andrew Davis leads the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra in this production.

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Airs Saturday, July 4, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present The Royal Opera & Roundhouse Co-Production of The Ruturn of Ulysses by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring Roderick Williams as Ulysses / Human Frailty; David Shipley as Antinous/Time; Catherine Carby as Minerva/Fortune; Caitlin Hulcup as Penelope; Francesca Chiejina as Melantho/Love; and Samuel Boden as Telemachus. This production aslo features Susan Bickley, Mark Milhofer, Nick Pritchard, Tai Oney, Andrew Tortise, and Stuart Jackson.

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