Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Join us every Saturday throughout the year for opera broadcasts from some of the most well-known and beloved opera companies in America. The list includes live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera's entire Saturday Matinee season, and recorded performances — distributed by WFMT in Chicago — from recent seasons of Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. You'll also hear recorded opera broadcasts of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) on selected Sundays, and some other surprises throughout the year!

Coming up:

October 13: Giargiari Bel Canto Competition/ Academy of Vocal Arts (2018)

Cast TBA - more information here

October 20: Oberto/Verdi/ Academy of Vocal Arts (from 2012)
Oberto – Scott Conner; Leonora - Michelle Johnson; Riccardo - Viktor Antipenko; Cuniza – Margaret Mezzacappa; Imelda – Sasha Hashemipour

Christofer Macatsoris, conductor
With the Opera Delaware Chorus, the AVA Artists’ Chorus, and the AVA Opera Orchestra

*Schedule subject to change

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Contribute here to support opera on WRTI throughout the year!

Ways to Connect

Despite being one of the first and oldest forms of popular music, opera sometimes struggles to connect with 21st century audiences. However, Anthony Roth Costanzo is breaking down the genre's stodgy stereotype and making opera more accessible — taking his distinctive sound to the masses, from a sixth-grade classroom in the Bronx to NPR's own Tiny Desk.

The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most sacred days of the year for Jews around the world. Join us on Saturday, September 15th from 4 to 6 pm for two beloved special programs featuring music for the high holidays.

Dario Acosta

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The myriad stories about Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson usually fall into two groups: the ones about her enormous, laser-focused voice and those about her rapier-sharp wit.

Which recording of the famous aria "Quando m'en vo" also known as "Musetta's Waltz" is your favorite? Musetta sings the aria in the second act of Puccini's La Boheme. Please let us know in the comments section below! Listen to The Metropolitan Opera's live broadcast of La Boheme on WRTI 90.1, February 24, 2018 at 1 pm. Listen on the WRTI App!

Belle Sandella

What's the best way to listen to the Saturday matinee broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera? On WRTI 90.1, of course! Join us on Saturdays at 1 pm for the entire 2017/2018 season of opera broadcasts.

The Metropolitan Opera has suspended its longtime conductor and former music director, James Levine, following allegations of sexual abuse reported by The New York Post and The New York Times. The three sets of allegations span from the 1960s to the '80s.

Today Is Opera Day on WRTI 90.1

Nov 8, 2017

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera, from 6 am to 6 pm, hosted by WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder, Gregg Whiteside, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis. Contribute now or call 1-866-809-9784 to help make Opera Day a big success!

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