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 of Vocal Arts (AVA) and some other surprises throughout the year!

Coming up: Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

October 19 at 1 PM: BrAVA (2015) and Massenet's La Navarraise/Puccini's Le Villi (2006)

BrAVA Cast:
Maria Aleida, Burak Bilgili, Jan Cornelius, Stephen Costello, Othalie Graham, Nancy Fabiola Harerra, Shawn Mathey, Angela Meade, Taylor Stayton, Richard Troxell, James Valente

La Navarriase Cast:
Filomena Francesca Trito: Anita  
Brian Emyl: Araquil
Eric T. Dubin: Remigio
Matthew Arnold: Garrido
Jeffrey Hallili: Ramone
Keith Miller: Bustamente

Le Villi Cast:
Eric T Dubin: Guglielmo
Ailyn Perez: Anna
Stephen Costello: Roberto
Edward Albert: Narrator 


October 26 at 1 PM: Puccini's Il Tabarro/ Suor Angelica

November 2 at 1 PM: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi/ Buoso's Ghost

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Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA on April 14th

Apr 9, 2012

Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 14th, from 1 to 4 pm, for Giuseppe Verdi's eternally popular opera La Traviata - the tale of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover, and his disapproving father.

Jules Massenet: MANON on April 7th

Apr 9, 2012

Join us on Saturday, April 7th from **12 noon to 4 pm (note early start time) when soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role in Massenet's MANON. Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Sung in French.


Gaetano Donizetti: L'ELISIR D'AMORE on March 31st

Mar 25, 2012

Join us this Saturday, March 31st at 1 pm for the Metropolitan Opera's production of L'Elisir d'Amore. Donizetti’s melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

Read the synopsis here.