Opera Series

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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.

Glass’ Akhnaten

Met Opera | May 28, 2022

Philip Glass’ mesmerizing modern masterpiece returns. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo reprises his celebrated turn as the revolutionary pharaoh Akhnaten.

Dean’s Hamlet

Met Opera | June 4, 2022

When Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.”

Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress

Met Opera | June 11, 2022

Season Finale: Susanna Mälkki returns to lead Stravinsky’s neoclassical dark comedy.

Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Santa Fe Opera | June 18, 2022

Heralded as “a triumph,” Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs combines electronics and operatic orchestration to tell a fascinating story about the complicated man behind the rise of a tech giant.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

Opéra de Paris | June 25, 2022

Star conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads a performance of the hilarious Mozart classic. The stellar cast includes Luca Pisaroni in the title role.

Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust

Salzburg Festival | July 2, 2022

For this concert performance, Charles Castronovo stars as the romantic and tortured title character, with Ildar Abdrazakov as the wily Mephistopheles and Elīna Garanča as Marguerite.

Handel’s Theodora

Royal Opera | July 9, 2022

Handel’s gripping Theodora features Joyce DiDonato, Julia Bullock, and Jakub Józef Orliński.

Vivaldi’s Bajazet

Royal Opera | July 16, 2022

Vivaldi’s 1735 opera is a dark and thrilling work where “powerful men and strong women negotiate their relationships as desires of the heart clash with rank and duty.”

Verdi’s Macbeth

Royal Opera | July 23, 2022

Simon Keenlyside reprises the role of Macbeth, with Anna Pirozzi by his side as Lady Macbeth. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila

Royal Opera | July 30, 2022

Closing out Royal Opera’s suite of productions is Camille Saint-Saëns’ grand opera; Elīna Garanča stars as the Philistine Dalila, and SeokJong Baek as the inspiring Jewish hero Samson.

Quadruple Bill: Charpentier & Lalande

Boston Early Music Festival | August 6, 2022

An exquisite quartet of late-17th century works: two by Charpentier and two by Lalande.

Handel’s Almira

Boston Early Music Festival | August 13, 2022

Handel’s fantastic Almira features period instruments led by music directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Emőke Baráth performs in the title role.

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov

Vienna State Opera | August 20, 2022

Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings the title role in Mussorgsky's masterpiece.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Vienna State Opera | August 27, 2022

Asmik Grigorian sings the title role in Puccini’s story of love and loss.

Ponchielli’s La Gioconda

La Scala | September 3, 2022

In Ponchielli's grant, Venice-set opera. Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role, with Frédéric Chaslin conducting.

Bellini’s I Puritani

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma | September 10, 2022

Teatro dell’Opera Rome’s production of Bellini’s I Puritani boasts a stellar cast, including Jessica Pratt as Lady Elvira Valton, John Osborn as Lord Arturo Talbot, and more.