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      LA Opera on Air

      LA Opera on Air

      In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become the United States' fourth largest opera company and “stands out as a newly important force in American opera,” according to Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times. The broadcast series includes commentary from two of opera’s biggest names: general director Placido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Join program host Duff Murphy for a season of opera recorded live from Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

      WFMT offers a complete opera every Saturday at noon with productions from the following companies:
      Metropolitan Opera (winter)
      Lyric Opera of Chicago (May-July)
      LA Opera on Air (July-August)
      San Francisco Opera (August-October)

      For more information, visit the LA Opera web site.

      July 18, 2015

      LA TRAVIATA

      Giuseppe Verdi
      Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on a play by Alexandre Dumas fils

      Violetta Valery: Nino Machaidze
      Alfredo Germont : Arturo Chacón-Cruz
      Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
      Flora Bervoix: Peabody Southwell
      Gastone: Brenton Ryan
      Baron Douphol: Daniel Mobbs
      Marquis d’Obigny: Daniel Armstrong
      Doctor Grenvil: Soloman Howard
      Annina: Vanessa Becerra
      Conductor: James Conlon

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master

      July 25, 2015

      DOUBLE BILL: DIDO AND AENEAS; BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

      Henry Purcell; Béla Bartók
      Librettos by Nahum Tate; Béla Balázs

      Dido: Paula Murrihy
      Aeneas: Liam Bonner
      Belinda: Kateryna Kasper
      Sorceress: John Holiday
      Second Lady: Summer Hassan
      First Witch: G Thomas Allen
      Second Witch: Darryl Taylor
      Spirit; Sailor: Brenton Ryan
      Bluebeard: Robert Hayward
      Judith: Claudia Mahnke
      Conductor: Steven Sloane

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master

      August 1, 2015

      THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

      Gioacchino Rossini
      Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, after the play by Beaumarchais

      Figaro: Rodion Pogossov
      Count Almaviva: René Barbera
      Rosina: Elizabeth DeShong
      Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
      Don Basilio: Kristinn Sigmundsson
      Berta: Lucy Schaufer
      Fiorello: Jonathan Michie
      Conductor: James Conlon

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master

      August 8, 2015

      THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on the play by Beaumarchais

      Figaro: Roberto Tagliavini
      Susanna: Pretty Yende
      Count Almaviva: Ryan McKinny
      Countess Almaviva: Guanqun Yu
      Cherubino: Renée Rapier
      Doctor Bartolo: Kristinn Sigmundsson
      Marcellina: Lucy Schaufer
      Barbarina: So Young Park
      Antonio: Philip Cokorinos
      Don Basilio: Robert Brubaker
      Don Curzio: Joel Sorensen
      Conductor: James Conlon

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master

      August 15, 2015

      THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES

      John Corigliano
      Libretto by William M Hoffman

      Marie Antoinette: Patricia Racette
      Beaumarchais: Christopher Maltman
      Louis XVI: Kristinn Sigmundsson
      Figaro: Lucas Meachem
      Bégearss: Robert Brubaker
      Rosina (Countess Almaviva): Guanqun Yu
      Susanna: Lucy Schaufer
      Count Almaviva: Joshua Guerrero
      Cherubino: Renée Rapier
      Florestine: Stacey Tappan
      Leon: Brenton Ryan
      Marquis: Scotty Scully
      Woman with Hat: Victoria Livengood
      Wilhelm: Joel Sorensen
      Suleyman Pasha: Philip Cokorinos
      Samira: Patti LuPone
      Conductor: James Conlon

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master

      August 22, 2015

      THAĎS (archival broadcast - from 2013-2014 season)

      Jules Massenet
      Libretto by Louis Gallet, based on the novel by Anatole France

      Thaďs: Nino Machaidze
      Athanael: Plácido Domingo
      Nicias: Paul Groves
      Palemon: Valentin Anikin
      Albine: Milena Kitic
      Crobyle: Hae Ji Chang
      Myrtale: Rebecca Nathanson
      Servant: Kihun Yoon
      Conductor: Patrick Fournillier

      LA Opera Chorus, Grant Gershon, chorus master