LA Opera On Air

Plácido Domingo on stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Photo: Art Streiber)

In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become the fourth-largest opera company in the United States 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 Plácido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Experience LA Opera performances recorded recorded live from Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Broadcasts resume in July 2017.

LA Opera broadcasts begin at 12:00 pm central unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the LA Opera web site.

Macbeth Giuseppe Verdi
July 29, 2017

Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth and Plácido Domingo as Macbeth (Photo: Karen Almond)

This performance of Verdi’s Macbeth, inspired by Shakespeare’s play of the same name, features Plácido Domingo in the title role at the head of an all-star cast that includes: Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Banquo), Joshua Guerrero (Macduff), Josh Wheeker (Malcom), Summer Hassan (Lady-in-Waiting), Theo Hoffman (Doctor). James Conlon conducts.

The Tales of Hoffman  Jacques Offenbach
August 5, 2017

Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann and Diana Damrau as Antonia (Photo: Ken Howard)

This performance of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann features Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann along with Kate Lindsey (The Muse / Nicklausse), Nicolas Testé (Olympia), Kate Aldrich (Giulietta), Diana Damrau (Antonia / Stella), Christophe Mortagne (The Four Servants), Kihun Yoon (Luther), Theo Hoffman (Hermann), Michael Moore (Nathanael Brian), Rodell Rosel (Spalanzani), Daniel Armstrong (Schlémil), Nicholas Brownlee (Crespel), and Sharmay Musacchio (Voice of Antonia’s Mother). Plácido Domingo conducts.

The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini
August 12, 2017

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro (Photo: Craig T. Mathew)

This performance of Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville features Rodion Pogossov as Figaro along with cast members Almaviva René Barbera (Count), Elizabeth DeShong (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Don Basilio), Lucy Schaufer (Berta), and Jonathan Michie (Fiorello). James Conlon conducts.

The Marriage of Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
August 19, 2017

Pretty Yende as Susanna, Renee Sapier as Cherubino and Guanqun Yu as Countess Almaviva (Photo: Craig T. Mathew)

This performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro features Roberto Tagliavini as Figaro along with performances by Pretty Yende (Susanna), Ryan McKinny (Count Almaviva), Guanqun Yu (Countess Almaviva), Renée Rapier (Cherubino), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Doctor Bartolo), Lucy Schaufer (Marcellina), So Young Park (Barbarina), Philip Cokorinos (Antonio), Robert Brubaker (Don Basilio), and Joel Sorensen (Don Curzio). James Conlon conducts.

The Ghosts of Versailles – John Corigliano 
September 2, 2017

Patti LuPone as Egyptian singer Samira (Photo: Craig T. Mathew)

This performance of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles features Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette along with Christopher Maltman (Beaumarchais), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Louis XVI), Lucas Meachem (Figaro), Robert Brubaker (Bégearss), Guanqun Yu (Rosina; Countess Almaviva), Lucy Schaufer (Susanna), Joshua Guerrero (Count Almaviva), Renée Rapier (Cherubino), Stacey Tappan (Florestine), Brenton Ryan (Leon), Scotty Scully (Marquis), Victoria Livengood (Woman with Hat), Joel Sorensen (Wilhelm), Philip Cokorinos (Suleyman Pasha), and Patti LuPone (Samira). James Conlon conducts.

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)