The WFMT Radio Network

WFMT Radio Network

The WFMT Radio Network

LA Opera on Air

Code:  LAO14
Genre:  Music, Classical, Opera
Length: Varies (see cue sheets)      
Frequency: 6 weeks
Delivery Type:  PRX, File Transfer and CD
Optional Breaks:  Varies
Air Window:   July 12, 2014 - August 16, 2014

Host: Duff Murphy
Commentators:  James Conlon and Placido Domingo
Producer:   Brian Lauritzen
Executive Producer:  Gail Eichenthal

Contact Information:  Estlin Usher: 773-279-2112, eusher@wfmt.com
David Sims: 773-279-2027, dsims@wfmt.com
Tony Macaluso: 773-279-2114, tmacaluso@wfmt.com

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through August 16, 2014.

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue its American Opera series with six productions from the 2013-14 LA Opera season.

In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of The Eli and Edythe Broad's General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and now "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times). 

Conductor and Music Director James Conlon has developed a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire and has established enduring relationships with the world's most prestigious symphony orchestras and opera houses. Through worldwide touring to North and South America, Asia, and Europe, an extensive discography, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, he has become one of today's most recognized conductors.

Broadcast Rights: 
One broadcast only per opera within the release dates.


General Information:

*Local stations may air operas at times different than those listed below.  Please contact your local station to confirm broadcast times.


Program Schedule

LA OPERA ON AIR
Broadcast Schedule - Summer 2014


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-01
RELEASE:  July 12, 2014

OPERA: Falstaff
COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by: Arrigo Boito

CAST:
Sir John Falstaff   Roberto Frontali
Alice Ford           Carmen Giannattasio
Ford                   Marco Caria
Nannetta             Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Fenton                Juan Francisco Gatell
Meg Page            Erica Brookhyser
Mistress Quickly   Ronnita Nicole Miller
Dr. Caius            Robert Brubaker
Bardolph             Rodell Rosel
Pistol                  Valentin Anikin

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 30 minutes


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-02
RELEASE: July 19, 2014

OPERA: Carmen
COMPOSER: Georges Bizet
Libretto by: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

CAST:
Carmen           Patricia Bardon
Don José         Brandon Jovanovich
Micaëla            Pretty Yende
Escamillo         Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Zuniga            Valentin Anikin
Moralès           Daniel Armstrong
Frasquita         Hae Ji Chang
Mercédès         Cassandra Zoé Velasco
El Remendado  Keith Jameson
El Dancaïre      Museop Kim
A Vendor         Melissa Treinkman
A Gypsy          Abdiel Gonzalez
A Soldier         Steven Pence

CONDUCTOR:  Plácido Domingo
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 45 minutes


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-03
RELEASE:  July 26, 2014

OPERA: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
COMPOSER: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by: Emanuel Schikaneder

CAST:
Pamina                  Janai Brugger
Tamino                  Lawrence Brownlee
Queen of the Night  Erika Miklósa
Sarastro                Evan Boyer
Papageno               Rodion Pogossov
Papagena               Amanda Woodbury
Monostatos             Rodell Rosel
First Lady               Hae Ji Chang
Second Lady           Cassandra Zoé Velasco
Third Lady              Peabody Southwell
The Speaker           Phillip Addis
First Boy                 Drew Pickett
Second Boy            Charles Connon
Third Boy                Jamal Jaffer
First Armored Man   Vladimir Dmitruk
Second Armored Man  Valentin Anikin

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 45 minutes


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-04
RELEASE:  August 2, 2014

OPERA: Billy Budd
COMPOSER:  Benjamin Britten
Libretto by: E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier

CAST:
Billy Budd             Liam Bonner
Captain Vere        Richard Croft
John Claggart       Greer Grimsley
Mr. Redburn          Anthony Michaels-Moore
Mr. Flint                Daniel Sumegi
Lieutenant Ratcliffe   Patrick Blackwell
Red Whiskers        Greg Fedderly
Arthur Jones          Museop Kim
Donald                  Jonathan Michie
Dansker                James Creswell
Bosun                   Craig Colclough
Novice                  Keith Jameson
First Mate              Paul LaRosa
Second Mate         Daniel Armstrong
Novice's Friend      Valentin Anikin
Maintop                 Vladimir Dmitruk
Squeak                 Matthew O'Neill
Cabin Boy             Rory Hemmings

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 30 minutes


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-05
RELEASE: August 9, 2014

OPERA:  Lucia di Lammermoor
COMPOSER: Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by: Salvadore Cammarano

CAST:
Lucia               Albina Shagimuratova
Edgardo           Saimir Pirgu
Enrico              Stephen Powell
Raimondo         James Creswell
Normanno         Joshua Guerrero
Alisa                 D'Ana Lombard
Arturo               Vladimir Dmitruk

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 30 minutes


PROGRAM #: LAO 14-06
RELEASE:  August 16, 2014

OPERA:  Thaïs
COMPOSER: Jules Massenet
Libretto by: Louis Gallet

CAST:
Thaïs                 Nino Machaidze
Athanaël            Plácido Domingo
Nicias                Paul Groves
Palemon            Valentin Anikin
Albine                Milena Kitic
Crobyle             Hae Ji Chang
Myrtale              Cassandra Zoé Velasco
Servant             Kihun Yoon

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Approx. Length:  2 hours 15 minutes