LA Opera Series

Saturday's at noon
  • Hosted by Duff Murphy

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue the American Opera Series with three productions from LA Opera’s season.

In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become the fourth-largest opera company in the United States and “stands out as a newly important force in American opera,” according to Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times. The broadcast series includes commentary from two of opera’s biggest names: general director Plácido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Experience LA Opera performances recorded recorded live from Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Ken Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Jake Heggie's Moby Dick starring Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab, Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg, with Jacqueline Echols as Pip, Malcolm MacKenzie as Stubb, Matthew O’Neill as Flask, and Nicholas Brownlee as Captain Gardiner. Also appearing Sal Malaki, Babatunde Akinboboye, Todd Strange, and James Martin Schaefer. James Conlon conduct the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This tradition double bill delight will feature Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Marco Berti as Canio, with Grant Gershon conducting the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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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