Saturdays at 12:00 pm
Hear great performances, recorded live at LA Opera.
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.
WFMT offers a complete opera every Saturday at noon with productions from the following companies:
Puccini and Leoncavallo Double Bill
This Los Angeles Opera program features operas from two Italian contemporaries: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. Plácido Domingo plays the wily the title character in Schicchi, then he steps into the orchestra pit to conduct Pagliacci, featuring Marco Berti (Canio) and Ana Maria Martinez (Nedda).
Hear acclaimed singer Placido Domingo in the title role of Verdi’s Nabucco. The cast also features Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille); Morris Robinson (Zaccaria); Mario Chang (Ismaele); Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Fenena); and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra led by James Conlon.
Hear Bizet’s most popular opera, Carmen, starring Ana Maria Martinez in the title role. The cast also includes Brandon Jovanovich (Don José); Amanda Woodbury (Micaela); Alexander Vinogradov (Escamillo); among other soloists. The performance features the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra led by James Conlon.
The Ghosts of Versailles – John Corigliano
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 ...
The Marriage of Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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 Barber of Seville – Gioachino Rossini
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 Tales of Hoffman – Jacques Offenbach
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 ...
Macbeth – Giuseppe Verdi
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.