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

Airs Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Georges Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" starring Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Andrea Silvestrelli as Nourabad, and Marina Rebeka as Leïla. Andrew Sinclair leads the Lyric Opera orchestra an chorus in this production.

Cory Weaver / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Airs Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre starring Brandon Jovanovich as Siegmund, Elisabet Strid as Sieglinde, Ain Anger as Hunding, and Eric Owens as Wotan. Christine Goerke takes the roll of Brünnhilde, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is Fricka. this production also features Whitney Morrison, Alexandra LoBianco, Catherine Martin, Lauren Decker, Laura Wilde, Deborah Nansteel, Zanda Švēde, and Lindsay Ammann. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Andrew Cioffi / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Airs Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi starring Matthew Polenzani as the Duke of Mantua; Mario Rojas as Borsa; Whitney Morrison as Countess Ceprano; and Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto. This production also features Takaoki Onishi, Alan Higgs, Todd Thomas, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Rosa Feola, Lauren Decker, Diana Newman, Kenneth Nichols, and Zanda Švēde. E.
Ernst Keil's Nachfolger / This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

Airs Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer with a new season from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, opening the broadcast season with Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice, starring Dmitry Korchak as Orphée and Andriana Chuchman as Eurydice, with Lauren Snouffer as Amour. This production is conducted by Harry Bicket who leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. John Neumeier is the stage director and Michael Black is the chorus master.

Press Image / Arizona Opera

Airs Saturday, November 26, 2017, at 12 noon. This week the American Opera series from WFMT continues with a production by the Arizona Opera of Craig Bohmler's Riders of the Purple Sage starring Karin Wolverton as Jane Withersteen; Morgan Smith as Lassister; Joshua Dennis as Bern Venters; Amanda Opuszynski as Bess; Kristopher Irmiter as Bishop Dyer; Keith Phares as Elder Tull; and Hugo Vera as Judkins. The stage director is Fenlon Lamb, chorus master is Henri Venanzi, and the Arizona Opera Chorus and Orchestra is under the direction of Joseph Mechavich.