Francesco Meli

Simon Shibambu as Pietro (c) ROH 2018. Photography by Clive Barda
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Airs Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue its American Opera Series with nine productions from The Royal Opera House in Partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC. This week we present Simon Boccanegra (in Italian) by Giuseppe Verdi.

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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.

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Airs Saturday, April 4, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s early opera Ernani. Met Music Director James Levine conducts his first company performances of the opera in more than 30 years, with Plácido Domingo as Carlo, King of Spain – a baritone part he has added to his vast repertoire this season. Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the title role of the bandit Ernani, opposite American soprano Angela Meade in one of her most acclaimed roles, Elvira, and Ukrainian bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is Silva, Ernani’s rival. Ernani will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 4.