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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.

      Previous Broadcasts

      (Broadcasts resume in July 2016.)

      July 18, 2015


      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


      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


      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


      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


      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