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 6: Anna Bolena/ Donizetti/ Academy of Vocal Arts  (2008)

Anna Bolena - Angela Meade; Enrico - Ben Wager; Giovanna Seymour - Olivia Vote; Lord Rochefort - Nicholas Masters; Lord Riccardo Percy - Taylor Stayton; Smeton - Cynthia Cook; Sir Hervey – Noah Van Neil

Christofer Macatsoris, conductor
AVA Opera Orchestra

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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Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heart-stoppingly beautiful music—that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made.

The Enchantment of "Some Enchanted Evening"

Jun 5, 2017

The song “Some Enchanted Evening” is a sublime moment in the post-war production South Pacific that continues to inspire. Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Placido Domingo, The Temptations, Barbra Streisand, José Carreras, Bob Dylan, Jane Oliver and lots of other artists have recorded it.

Which Comes First in Creating an Opera? Words or Music?

May 29, 2017
Credit: Opera Philadelphia

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston considers a question of operatic proportion, with notable librettist Mark Campbell.

Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been entering the Metropolitan Opera through the backstage artists' entrance for years, though now it’s different: He’s now among those who run the place. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns met him there prior to his April to May run of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman.

Join us on Easter Sunday as Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) presents its annual concert of sacred choral music, Jubilate!, on April 16th from 3 to 5:30 pm on WRTI.

The opera firmament was shaken yesterday when a New York Times article, headlined "The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming's Farewell to Opera," landed online.

Lancaster Listeners: This Is For You!

Apr 4, 2017
Credit: DiscoverLancaster.com/Terry Ross

Good news for all of our listeners in the Lancaster area. You can now enjoy classical music and jazz on WRTI at a new frequency in your region! It’s 106.3 FM on the radio dial. The emails have already been pouring in from folks throughout the area who are so pleased with this signal that's much clearer and more reliable. Happy listening!

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD Is Not Your Father’s Opera

Apr 3, 2017

Opera Philadelphia's production of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD tells the compelling story of a legendary jazz icon in a way that's meant to broaden and diversify opera’s audience. The role of saxophonist Charlie Parker was composed by Daniel Schnyder with tenor Lawrence Brownlee in mind.

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and '30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television.

Few inventions were as complicated as the atomic bomb. But the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that Curtis Opera Theatre’s production of the John Adams opera Doctor Atomic couldn't be simpler—or more provocative.

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