Opera on WRTI

Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

WRTI brings you opera broadcasts presented by some of the most revered opera companies from the United States and around the world, every Saturday throughout the year at 1 PM, including the entire Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee broadcast season.

Coming up:

May 15
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Performance from October 8, 2016
Simon Rattle; Nina Stemme (Isolde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne), Stuart Skelton (Tristan), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal), René Pape (King Marke)

 

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Take a seat in the WRTI Opera House as we celebrate the human foibles, joy, humor, tragedy and passion that make opera extraordinary. November 9th is our Annual Opera Day— a 12-hour celebration featuring your favorite arias, choruses and ballet excerpts from your favorite operas.

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In her remarkable career, the late Jessye Norman graced the great opera stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera. In 2014, the American soprano remembered her first encounter with opera in a small room in Augusta, GA.

Don Valentino

Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) begins its 85th Season with a production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). Join us on Friday, November 8th at 12:10 PM, the day before opening night, when cast members visit WRTI to perform highlights, and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

WRTI Classical Host Mark Pinto, a tenor who sings in a bunch of local choirs, is performing with the Wayne Oratorio Society in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA. Mark's lovely wife Donna, a soprano, will also be singing. 

Opera fans are mourning one of the world's most revered voices.

Soprano Jessye Norman died Monday morning at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York. Her death was confirmed to NPR by a spokesperson for her family, Gwendolyn Quinn, as well as a representative from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. The official cause of death was septic shock and multi-organ failure, secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. She was 74.

Updated at 10:07 p.m. EDT

On Tuesday afternoon, at 5:07 p.m., Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb sent an email to staff that began this way:

"Dear Members of the Company,

Plácido Domingo has agreed to withdraw from all future performances at the Met, with immediate effect. We are grateful to him for recognizing that he needed to step down."

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In the early years of the Cold War, with tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at all-time high, a tune by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev became the unlikely theme song for a radio drama about FBI cases involving international espionage. 

Courtesy of Opera Philadelphia

Cast members of Opera Philadelphia's upcoming production of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges visit WRTI 90.1 to perform highlights from the comic opera—one of several productions featured in Opera Philadelphia's Festival 019 from Sept. 18th to 29th. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

You can see Opera Philadelphia’s recent revival of La bohème under the stars on Independence Mall on September 14th at 7 PM. This year's Opera on the Mall features a screening of the beloved Puccini blockbuster.

Ana Cuba

The psychological thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film Marnie has been reborn in Nico Mulhy's opera, and has also spawned a new suite for orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

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