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:

February 6th
Listeners’ Choice: Historic Met Broadcast—Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas.

This performance from December 8, 1956, is Callas’ only Met radio broadcast. Callas joined a cast featuring Giuseppe Campora as Lucia’s lover Edgardo, Enzo Sordello as Enrico, her brother and Edgardo’s sworn enemy, and Nicola Moscona as Raimondo. Fausto Cleva conducted.

Check out the schedule of encore broadcasts, orginally presented live from the Met stage.

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The New York Times calls Thomas Adès’s masterpiece “one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years….and offers a superb cast, headed by the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside… Ariel is a dazzling creation and Audrey Luna conquers the role…Adès drew a textured, glittering and suspenseful account of his opera from the great Met orchestra.” The Financial Times lauds the performance’s “rare virtuosity… Keenlyside sang with sensitive force… [and] loomed and brooded magnetically.” The Associated Press praises Adès’s “magical score

The Barber of Seville is a rollicking comedy classic the entire family can enjoy. This holiday entertainment is razor-sharp, stylishly-sung (in English!) and just two hours long. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Saturday, December 22, 1 to 3 pm.

CAST:
Conductor: Yves Abel
Rosina: Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader
Figaro: Rodion Pogossov

The Met Opera: Verdi's AIDA on Dec. 15th at 1 pm

Dec 12, 2012

The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Carl Tanner and Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Dolora Zajick and Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts this revival.

A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's A Masked Ball. Conspirators want the Swedish monarch Gustav III dead — and suspected adultery plays right into their murderous plans. The king is in love with his best friend's wife, and she's in love with him. Desperate to extinguish her ardor, she turns to a sorceress for help, but too late! The secret's out and a devastated husband takes his revenge.

Verdi is at the peak of his musical and dramatic genius as he delves deeply into the psyches of three people who love, yet destroy, each other.

The tragic opera Maria Stuarda, part of Donizetti's “Tudor Trilogy” of operas, reveals the deadly rivalry between two monarchs: Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Elizabeth has imprisoned Mary for treason, but agrees to meet with her at the urging of the Earl of Leicester—Elizabeth's advisor and Mary's lover. Tempers flare, insults are hurled, and Mary's fate is sealed. She contemplates her death with great dignity and virtuosic bel canto singing in the final scene.

Verdi's DON CARLOS Says It All With Opera!

Nov 16, 2012

A long war between France and Spain winds down with a peace treaty.  A cross-border royal marriage solidifies the deal.  Over the course of the next several hours, Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi tests the limits of a king’s power, the good intentions of a jealous princess, and the loyalty of a dear friend. Underscoring it all, are the righteous fury of the Spanish Inquisition and the unfulfilled love of Spain’s Don Carlo and the virtuous Elizabeth of France, culminating in one puzzling conclusion.   

Paul Sirochman

Rossini’s melodies create the perfect atmosphere for the ever-popular comedy, Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Based on the Beaumarchais play of the same name, this farce makes use of outrageous scheming, hilarious disguises, and the vocal talent of the Academy of Vocal Arts' award-winning resident artists. Don't miss this very special broadcast on Saturday, November 10th, 1 to 4 pm.

Leonore is willing to do whatever it takes to free her husband, Florestan, an innocent political prisoner. Disguised as a boy (Fidelio), she bravely prevents Florestan's assassination by a corrupt governor. Beethoven's only opera is a musically brilliant story of a wife's selfless and courageous love. Listen on Saturday, November 3, 1 to 3:30 pm.

Ludwig van Beethoven: FIDELIO
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner. Sung in German

CAST:
Florestan: Simon O'Neill
Leonore/Fidelio: Karita Mattila

Opera's notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful, young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love. Rossini's score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some of opera's most familiar arias, including the famous "Largo al factotum," otherwise known as "Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!" Join us on Saturday, October 27th, 1 to 3:30 pm.

The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. The intense, conflicted anti-hero comes vividly alive in this “vibrant and engrossing musical drama” (The New York Times).

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