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Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts returns with opening night productions, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season.  This year, we present 8 operas.

Since its early days, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been regarded as one of the top three US opera companies, along with the Met and San Francisco.  Chicago boasts an opera company that's second to none, with a box office exceeding 100 percent of capacity each year for the last decade, thanks to subscribers who give their tickets back for resale when they cannot attend a performance. 

"Lyric Opera broadcasts have been a cornerstone of our programming for more than three decades, so everyone at WFMT is thrilled that this glorious broadcast tradition has returned to the airwaves", said Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of 98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network.  "I know I speak for scores of radio stations throughout America that welcomed the return of these historic broadcasts to their schedules when the Lyric season is rebroadcast in the spring."

This syndicated season of The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts will be released beginning Saturday, May 17, 2014.  The programs will be fed on ContentDepot on Fridays as a File Transfer, and CD distribution will also be available. 

This series of American Operas is available free of charge to all Affiliate stations. 

For more information please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com, Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com or David Sims at 773-279-2027.

 


THE LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO BROADCASTS
Broadcast Schedule - Spring 2014


PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-01
RELEASE:   May 17, 2014

OPERA:   OTELLO (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by:   Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeare's tragedy

CAST:
Montano:  Anthony Clark Evans
Cassio:  Antonio Poli
Iago: Falk Struckmann
Roderigo:  John Irvin
Otello:  Johan Botha
Desdemona: Ana María Martínez
Emilia:  Julie Anne Miller
A Herald:  Richard Ollarsaba
Lodovico:  Evan Boyer
Actors:  Phoenix Alazam, Jon Beal, Michael T. Black, Matt Cobb, Chuck Coyl, Katherine Coyl, Wesley Truman Daniel, Tony DiFalco, Paula Dudzik-Muenzner, Patrick Dunham, Arianne Ellison, Chris Lafferty, Kirsten Lendyke,  Kurt Merrill, Greg Poljacik, Leighton Schlanger, Elise Spoerlein

CONDUCTOR:  Bertrand De Billy
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Sir Peter Hall
REVIVAL DIRECTOR: Ashley Dean
CHORUS:   Anima - Young Singers of Greater Chicago
CHORUS MASTER:  Emily Ellsworth
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-02
RELEASE:   May 24, 2014

OPERA:   MADAMA BUTTERFLY (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by:   Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco

CAST:
Lt. B. F. Pinkerton:  Stefano Secco
Goro:   David Cangelosi
Suzuki:  Maryann McCormick
Sharpless:  Christopher Purves
Cio-Cio-San:  Patricia Racette
Imperial Commissioner:  Richard Ollarsaba
Official Registrar: Will Liverman
The Bonze:  David Govertsen
Prince Yamadori:  Anthony Clark Evans
Sorrow, Butterfly's child:  Tye Pauley
Kate Pinkerton:  Laura Wilde

CONDUCTOR:  Marco Armiliato
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Michael Grandage
REVIVAL DIRECTOR: Louisa Muller
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-03
RELEASE:   May 31, 2014

OPERA:   PARSIFAL (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner

CAST:
Parsifal:  Paul Groves
Kundry:  Daveda Karanas
Amfortas:  Thomas Hampson
Gurnemanz:  Kwangchul Youn
Klingsor: Tómas Tómasson
Titurel: Rúni Brattaberg

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
DIRECTOR:   John Caird
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  4 hours 45 minutes



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-04
RELEASE:   June 7, 2014

OPERA:   LA TRAVIATA (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi

CAST:
Violetta:  Marina Rebeka
Alfredo:  Joseph Calleja
Giorgio: Germont  Quinn Kelsey

CONDUCTOR:  Massimo Zanetti
DIRECTOR:   Arin Arbus
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-05
RELEASE:   June 14, 2014

OPERA:   DIE FLEDERMAUS (in German)
COMPOSER:   Johann Strauss, Jr.

CAST:
Rosalinde:   Juliane Banse
Eisenstein:   Bo Skovhus
Adele:    Daniela Fally
Falke:    Adrian Eröd
Alfred:    Michael Spyres
Prince Orlofsky:  Emily Fons
Frank:    Andrew Shore

CONDUCTOR:  Ward Stare
DIRECTOR:   E. Loren Meeker
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours 20 minutes



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-06
RELEASE:   June 21, 2014

OPERA:   THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Gioachino Rossini

CAST:
Figaro:  Nathan Gunn
Rosina:  Isabel Leonard
Almaviva:  Alek Shrader
Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
Basilio:  Kyle Ketelsen

CONDUCTOR:  Michael Mariotti
DIRECTOR:   Rob Ashford
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours 15 minutes


PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-07
RELEASE:   June 28, 2014

OPERA:   RUSALKA (in Czech)
COMPOSER:   Antonin Dvorák

CAST:
Rusalka:  Ana María Martínez
Prince:  Brandon Jovanovich
Jezibaba:  Jill Grove
Vodnik:  Eric Owens
Foreign Princess:  Ekaterina Gubanova

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
DIRECTOR:   Sir David McVicar
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours 30 minutes



PROGRAM #:   LOC 14-08
RELEASE:   July 5, 2014

OPERA:   LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CAST:
Tito:   Matthew Polenzani
Sesto:   Joyce DiDonato
Vitellia:  Amanda Majeski
Anno: Cecelia Hall
Servilia: Emily Birsan
Publio: Christian Van Horn

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Sir David McVicar
REVIVAL DIRECTOR: Marie Lambert
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Approx. Length:  3 hours