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

Gabe Palacio / Caramoor Opera

Airs Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Will Crutchfield in Vincenzo Bellini's IL Pirata starring Angela Meade as Imogene; Santiago Ballerini as Gaultiero; Harold Wilson as Ernesto; with the Chorus Bel Canto Young Artists, Rachelle Jonck Director.

Gabe Palacio / Caramoor Opera

Airs Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Will Crutchfield in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia. This performance features Angela Meade as Lucrezia Borgia; Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini; Michele Angelini as Gennaro; Christophoros Stamboglis as Alfonso D'Este; Sungwook Kim as Jeppo Liverotto; Hans Tashjian as Don Apostolo Gazella; William Hearn as Oloferno Vitellozzo; Cameron Schutza as Rustighello; Joseph Beutel as Gubetta; and Zachary Altman as Astolfo.

Todd Rosenberg / Todd Rosenberg

Airs Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with a concert performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra of Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff starring Ambrogio Maestri as Sir John Falstaff; Eleonora Buratto as Alice Ford; Luca Salsi as Ford; Rosa Feola as Nannetta and Daniela Barcellona as Mistress Quickly. Daniela Barcellona, Laura Polverelli, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Luca Dall'Amico, and Saverio Fiore fill out the cast.

Ron Scherl / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and an archived performance of of Richard Strauss' Arabella starring Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role and Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, with Barbara Daniels as Zdenka; William Lewis as Matteo; Alexander Malta as Count Theodor Waldner; Sona Cervena as Countess Waldner; Michael Ballam as Count Elemer; Erie Mills as Fiakermilli; Kevin Langan as Count Lamoral; and John Brandstetter as Count Dominik.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and a production of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale starring Maurizio Muraro in the title role with Heidi Stober as Norina, Lawrence Brownlee as Ernesto, Malatesta Lucas Meachem as the Doctor, and Bojan Knezevic as A Notary. The stage director is Laurent Pelly and Ian Robertson is the chorus master with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Giuseppe Finzi.

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