LA Opera Series

Saturday's at noon
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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.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues this week with Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro starring Roberto Tagliavini as Figaro and Pretty Yende as Susanna, with Ryan McKinny as Count Almaviva, Guanqun Yu as Countess Almaviva, Renée Rapier as Cherubino, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Doctor Bartolo, Lucy Schaufer as Marcellina, So Young Park as Barbarina, Philip Cokorinos as Antonio, Robert Brubaker as Don Basilio, and Joel Sorensen as Don Curzio.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues this week with Gioachino Rossini's The Barber Of Seville starring Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, René Barbera as Count Almaviva, and Elizabeth DeShong as Rosina. Also featured in this production are Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Don Basilio, Lucy Schaufer as Berta, and Jonathan Michie as Fiorello. Grant Gershon is the chorus master and James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production.

Ken Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues this week with Jacques Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann (In French), starring Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann and Kate Lindsey performing the roles of The Muse & Nicklausse.

Karen Almond

Airs Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues this week with a new season from the LA Opera On The Air. For their season open we'll hear Verdi's Macbeth starring Plácido Domingo in the title role with Lady Macbeth sung by Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Banquo; Joshua Guerrero as Macduff; Josh Wheeker as Malcolm; Summer Hassan as Lady-in-Waiting; and Theo Hoffman as the Doctor.

Below are past broadcasts from LA Opera On The Air.

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Airs Saturday, August 13, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we present Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff staring Roberto Frontali as Sir John Falstaff, Carmen Giannattasio as Alice Ford, Ekaterina Sadovnikova as Nannetta, and Juan Francisco Gatell as Fenton, with Ronnita Nicole Miller as Mistress Quickly, Robert Brubaker as Dr. Caius, Rodell Rosel as Bardolph, and Valentin Anikin as Pistol. The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus are all under the direction of James Conlon with Chorus master Grant Gershon and stage direction from Lee Blakeley.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 6, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature Jake Heggie's Moby Dick staring Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab and Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, with Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg, Jacqueline Echols as Pip, Mathew O’Neillm as Flask, Malcolm MacKenzie as Stubb, and Nicholas Brownlee as Captain Gardiner. James Conlon leads the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with Grant Gershon as Churs master and stage direction from Leonard Foglia.

Robert Millard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 30, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature The Two Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi staring Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, with Marina Poplavskaya as Lucrezia Contarini, Ievgen Orlov as Jacopo Loredano, Ben Bliss as Barbarigo, Tracy Cox as Pisana, and Hunter Phillips as Servant. James Conlon leads the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from Thaddeus Strassberger, and Grant Gershon served as Chorus Master.

Ken Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 23, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature Vincenzo Bellini's Norma staring Angela Meade in the title role with Jamie Barton as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione, Morris Robinson as Oroveso, Rafael Moras as Flavio, and Lacey Jo Benter in the role of Clotilde. James Conlon will lead the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from Anne Bogart and our chorus master will be Grant Gershon.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 16, at 12 noon. This week we return once again to the LA Opera on the Air for a series of five performances opening up their season with a double bill featuring Puccini's Gianni Schicchi & Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In the Puccini we'll hear Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Arturo Chacon Cruz as Rinuccio, with Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta, Meredith Arwady as Zita, Greg Fedderly in the role of Gherardo, and Stacey Tappan as Nella.

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