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Operas from the finest stages around the world
From Milan to New York, Barcelona to Chicago, WFMT gives you a front-row seat to performances from some of the world’s greatest opera companies and performers.
Prokofiev’s ‘War and Peace’
Metropolitan Opera | December 5, 2020
Anna Netrebko (Natasha), Gegam Grigorian (Bezukhov), and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Andrei) star in this 2002 performance of Prokofiev’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s enduring masterwork. Valery Gergiev conducts.
Metropolitan Opera | December 12, 2020
Sebastian Weigle conducts this 2017 performance starring Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Marzelline), and Klaus Florian Vogt (Florestan).
Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’
Metropolitan Opera | December 19, 2020
Donald Runnicles conducts this 2018 performance featuring Lisette Oropesa (Gretel), Tara Erraught (Hansel), Dolora Zajick (Gertrude), and Gerhard Siegel (Witch).
Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (abridged English-language version)
Metropolitan Opera | December 26, 2020
Erik Nielsen conducts this 2010 performance; Susanna Phillips (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), Russell Thomas (Tamino), and Alan Oke (Monostatos) star.
Rossini’s ‘Il turco in Italia’
La Scala | November 28, 2020
This performance of Rossini’s comedic opera buffa stars Alex Esposito (Selim) and Rosa Feola (Donna Fiorilla). Diego Fasolis conducts.
‘Cavalleria rusticana’ & ‘Pagliacci’
Liceu Opera Barcelona Double Bill | November 21, 2020
Henrik Nánási conducts this verismo double bill.
La Scala | November 14, 2020
Hear Puccini’s indelible masterwork recorded live from the famed La Scala in Milan. Anna Netrebko stars in the title role, with Riccardo Chailly conducting.
‘Trial by Jury’ & ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’
OperaDelaware Double Bill | November 7, 2020
A double bill of courtroom operatic comedies is on the docket as Opera Delaware presents two works separated by 140 years.
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | October 24, 2020
Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts.
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | October 17, 2020
Juan Diego Flórez stars as the title character opposite Isabel Leonard (Charlotte). Edward Gardner conducts.
Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | October 10, 2020
Sir Bryn Terfel stars in the title role in this performance of Donizetti’s classic comic opera. Evelino Pidò conducts.
Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | October 3, 2020
Tenor Mark Padmore sings 7 roles in this performance of Britten’s Death in Venice. Richard Farnes conducts.
Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | September 26, 2020
Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott stars in the title role in this performance of Mozart’s timeless opera. Hartmut Haenchen conducts.
Opera Southwest | September 19, 2020
Corey Bix stars as the title character in this performance of Wagner’s Lohengrin. Michelle Johnson (Elsa of Brabant), Claudia Chapa (Ortud), and Sean Anderson (Friederich) co-star. Anthony Barrese conducts.
Hector Armienta’s ‘Bless Me, Ultima’
Opera Southwest | September 12, 2020
Héctor Armienta’s Bless Me, Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s landmark Chicano novel, stars Daisy Beltran as Tony and Kirstin Chavez as Ultima. Guillermo Figueroa conducts.
Royal Opera House Covent Garden | September 5, 2020
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen plays his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him.
Royal Danish Opera | August 29, 2020
Regarded as one of the first operas, the late-renaissance L’Orfeo tells the story of Orpheus as he goes down to the underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice. In this performance, Danish conductor and baroque expert Lars Ulrik Mortensen teams up with Concerto Copenhagen to guarantee a sparklingly vivid and close-up interpretation of Monteverdi’s unique and immortal music.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra | August 22, 2020
Maestro Riccardo Muti, widely considered to be today’s preeminent interpreter of Verdi’s music, leads this performance of Aida.
Bellini’s ‘I puritani’
Lyric Opera of Chicago | July 25, 2020
Albina Shagimuratova (Elvira) and Lawrence Brownlee (Arturo) star in this performance conducted by Lyric music director designate Enrique Mazzola. READ MORE: Hope and Strength: Celebrating Black Artistry with Lawrence Brownlee & Lyric
Gluck’s ‘Orphée et Eurydice’
Lyric Opera of Chicago | July 18, 2020
Dmitry Korchak and Andriana Chuchman are the titular lovers in this performance. Harry Bicket conducts.
Lyric Opera of Chicago | July 11, 2020
Benjamin Bernheim stars in the title role, with Ailyn Pérez (Marguerite), Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès), and Edward Parks (Valentin) in this performance conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre’
Lyric Opera of Chicago | July 4, 2020
Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund), Elisabet Strid (Sieglinde), Ain Anger (Hunding), Eric Owens (Wotan), and Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) in this performance of the second entry in the Ring cycle. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.
Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’
Lyric Opera of Chicago | June 27, 2020
Marina Rebeka (Leïla), Mariusz Kwiecień (Zurga), and Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) star in this performance conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Lyric Opera of Chicago | June 20, 2020
Ryan Opera Center alumnus Quinn Kelsey stars in the title role, in a cast that also features Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua), Rosa Feola (Gilda), and Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Sparafucile). Marco Armiliato conducts.
Lyric Opera of Chicago | June 13, 2020
Amber Wagner stars in the title role in this performance, which also features Stefano La Colla (Calaf), Andrea Silvestrelli (Timur), and Maria Agresta (Liù). Sir Andrew Davis conducts.
Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’
Lyric Opera of Chicago | June 6, 2020
Ana María Martínez stars as Fiordiligi in the opening performance in this season of our Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcast Series. James Gaffigan conducts.
Vienna State Opera | May 30, 2020
Christine Goerke stars in the title role with soprano Waltraud Meier as Klytaemnestra, Simone Schneider as Chrysothemis, and tenor Norbert Ernst as Aegisth in this performance of Strauss’s gripping, one-act opera.
Offenbach’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann’
Vienna State Opera | May 23, 2020
Tenor Dmitry Korchak—one of the most exciting and sought-after voices of his generation and regarded as one of today’s best performers of bel canto repertoire—stars in the title role alongside soprano Olga Peretyatko and mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez.
Bavarian State Opera | May 16, 2020
Dorothea Röschmann stars as the title character in this performance, which also features Charles Castronovo (Admeto) and Michael Nagy (High Priest of Apollo/Hercules). Antonello Manacorda conducts.
Giovanni Bottesini’s Ali Baba
Opera Southwest | November 30, 2019
With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known and lively story from One Thousand and One Nights, Alì Babà was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso, known as the “Paganini of the bass” The opera was premiered in 1871 in London, receiving considerable acclaim and numerous performances. However, the score was later ...
Opera Southwest | November 23, 2019
Opera Southwest artistic director and principal conductor Anthony Barrese leads this performance of Bellini’s seminal bel canto Norma starring Lindsay Ohse in the title role. Cast Norma: Lindsay Ohse Adalgisa: Olivia Vote Pollione: John Pickle Oroveso: Justin Hopkins Clotilde: Cammy Cook Flavio: Gabriel Liboiron-Cohen Ensemble: Opera Southwest Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Anthony Barrese Chorus master: Kristin Ditlow
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | November 16, 2019
Music director laureate Edo de Waart conducted this semi-staged 2016 performance of the celebrated Mozart opera The Marriage of Figaro starring Douglas Williams (Figaro) and Joélle Harvey (Susanna). Cast: Figaro: Douglas Williams Susanna: Joélle Harvey Count: Gordon Bintner Countess Almaviva: Rachel Willis-Sorensen Cherubino: Maren Favela Marcellina: Susanne Mentzer Bartolo: Peixin Chen Don Basilio and Don Curzio: William Ferguson Barbarina: Alisa Suzanne ...
OperaDelaware | November 9, 2019
WFMT wraps up its series of 3 broadcasts from OperaDelaware with this production of the lesser-known Franco Faccio opera Amleto, which takes Shakespeare's Hamlet as its inspiration.
Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi & Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost
OperaDelaware | November 2, 2019
A unique double serving of one of opera's best known patriarchs with Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and its comic sequel, Buoso's Ghost, by living composer Michael Ching, who also conducts the performance.
Puccini’s Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica
OperaDelaware | October 26, 2019
WFMT's series of 3 broadcasts from OperaDelaware begins with this double bill of Puccini one-act operas, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica.
RAI (Italy) and the European Broadcasting Union | August 3, 2019
Under the music direction of Riccardo Chailly, Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) and Saioa Hernández (Odabella) star in this La Scala performance of Verdi’s Attila.
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
RAI (Italy) and the European Broadcasting Union | July 27, 2019
Carlo Vistoli and Mariangela Sicilia star as the titular ill-fated lovers in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. This Teatro dell’Opera di Roma performance was recorded at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, and was conducted by Gianluca Capuano.
RAI (Italy) and the European Broadcasting Union | July 20, 2019
Lisette Oropesa (Adina), Vito Priante (Califo), and Levy Sekgapane (Selimo) star in this performance of Adina recorded at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy. One of the composer’s less-performed works, the one-act comic opera tells the story of Adina, who is rescued from captivity by her former lover, Selimo. Diego Matheuz conducts.