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. 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, Royal Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. You'll also hear recorded opera broadcasts of the Academy ofugust Vocal Arts (AVA) and some other surprises throughout the year! All broadcasts are at 1 PM.

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcast Season Begins on December 5th.

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

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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).

John Adams' rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece made its San Francisco Opera premiere earlier this year featuring baritone Brian Mulligan. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, leads the orchestra.

Join us to hear a very special 1946 recording of Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME conducted by the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini. Pledge at the $365 level and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection, with 84 CDs and 1 DVD. Of course the set includes this 1946 recording! Saturday, October 6th at 1 pm. Don't miss it!

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