Giuseppe Verdi

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.

Anna Netrebko as Aida and Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris in Verdi's Aida
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Airs Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast from October 6, 2018, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role of Verdi’s monumental Aida. Netrebko gave her first Met performances as the enslaved Ethiopian princess last fall, alongside Anita Rachvelishvili, who made her Met role debut as Amneris, Aida’s formidable rival.

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Airs Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present Opera North's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera starring Rafael Rojas as King Gustavus; Philip Rhodes as Count Anckarstroem; Adrienn Miksch as Amelia; Patricia Bardon as Ulrika Arvidson; Tereza Gevorgyan as Oscar; Dean Robinson as Count Ribbing; John Savournin as Count Horn; and Richard Mosley-Evans as Christian. Richard Farnes will lead the Opera North Chorus and orchestra in this performance.

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Airs Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 12 noon. Our opera season continues this summer the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi starring Matthew Polenzani as the Duke of Mantua; Mario Rojas as Borsa; Whitney Morrison as Countess Ceprano; and Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto. This production also features Takaoki Onishi, Alan Higgs, Todd Thomas, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Rosa Feola, Lauren Decker, Diana Newman, Kenneth Nichols, and Zanda Švēde. E.

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Airs Sunday, April 1, 2018, at 6 - 8 p.m. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a celebration of music and spirit, open to people of all faiths. Conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, the concert honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis. Each musical work performed was selected to reflect the spirit of these three great spiritual leaders and their commitment to peace and brotherhood among people of all faiths.