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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In the opening scene of Pavarotti, the new documentary by director Ron Howard, the popular tenor travels deep into the Amazon jungle in search of an old opera house where the great Enrico Caruso may have once sung.

The building is shuttered, but because he's Luciano Pavarotti the door is unlocked for him to belt out a few honeyed notes from the stage. His fabulous voice soars into the vast emptiness of the auditorium.

This month in Tulsa, Okla., opera singer Lucia Lucas made her U.S. debut. She also made history.

At the Tulsa Opera, Lucas sang the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Mozart's character is a ruthless, macho womanizer. Lucas is a transgender woman with a rich baritone voice and is the first known trans woman to sing a principal role on an American opera stage. In a conversation with NPR's Ari Shapiro, Lucas said she doesn't want her performances to be entirely defined by this historical marker.

Listen to seven resident artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts serenade us with music from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, live from the WRTI Performance Studio. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

Christine Goerke is focused on endurance. The dramatic soprano is tackling one of the most challenging roles in opera: singing Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie maiden warrior, in Richard Wagner's epic, Der Ring des Nibelungen, at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Otherwise known as the Ring cycle, the 16-hour saga spans four operas and tells the story of gods, monsters, humans and an insatiable urge to own an all-powerful golden ring.

Listen to five Resident Artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) sing LIVE in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is host as singers perform duet, trio, and quintet highlights from AVA's current production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night," and we're inviting you to celebrate! Come sing at a free, community performance of a new arrangement of the song by Philadelphia composer John Conahan, who will conduct the work. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside will be your host.

Join us today from 6 AM to 6 PM for WRTI’s Annual Opera Day—a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera hosted by WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside, Debra Lew Harder, Mark Pinto and Joe Patti.

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