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.

Scene from La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
Cory Weaver / La Opera On The Air

Airs Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 12 noon. The Los Angeles Opera Broadcasts return to this season of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series. This week we present La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

Cast:
Marcello -- Kihun Yoon
Rodolfo -- Samir Pirgu
Colline – Nicholas Brownlee

Ana Maria Martinez as Carmen
Cory Weaver / La Opera On The Air

Airs Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 12 noon. The Los Angeles Opera Broadcasts return to this season of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series. This week we present Carmen by Georges Bizet, featuring the breathtaking Ana Maria Martinez in the title role.

Cast:
Carmen - Ana Maria Martinez
Don Jose’ – Brandon Jovanovich
Micaela – Amanda Woodbury

George Frideric Handel
Anonymous - Attributed to Balthasar Denner (1685–1749) / 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 100 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 12 noon. During October, The WFMT Radio Network is proud to partner with Music of the Baroque to present three performances by Handel. This week we present Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63.

Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dora Stock (1760–1832) / 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 100 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 12 noon. During September, the LA Opera Broadcasts continue with a presentation from their 2016-17 season. This week we present La clemenza di Tito by Mozart.

1875 lithographic poster for the première of Georges Bizet's Carmen, Published by Choudens Pére et Fils and Imp. Lemercier et Cie.
Prudent-Louis Leray (1820-1879); Restored by Adam Cuerden / 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, 1924.

Airs Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 12 noon. During September, the LA Opera Broadcasts return with a presentation from their 2016-17 season. This week we present Carmen by George Bizet.

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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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