Performances from the Royal Opera House

Saturdays at 12:00 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Hear operas recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.

Beginning in May, WFMT brings you a stellar array of recent productions from London’s Royal Opera House. The line-up from Covent Garden includes parts one to three from Wagner’s Ring — Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried, plus works by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. WFMT host Lisa Flynn introduces the programs, and BBC Radio 3 announcers including Sean Rafferty, Martin Handley, and Tom Service present the broadcasts.

Presented in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC.

Wagner’s Das Rheingold

May 25, 2019

The dwarf Alberich forsakes love so that he may steal the Rhine’s gold. A ring is crafted from that gold, invested with great power. When the ring is taken from Alberich, he places on it a terrible curse. John Lundgren (Wotan); Johannes-Martin Kränzle (Alberich); Alan Oke (Loge); Sarah Connolly (Fricka); Lise Davidsen (Freia); Gerhard Siegel (Mime); Günther Groissböck (Fasolt); Brindley ...

Wagner’s Die Walküre

June 1, 2019

The second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen thrillingly depicts the discovery of a great love. During a storm, Sieglinde gives shelter to a wounded stranger. They find themselves drawn to each other. He is Siegmund, the twin from whom Sieglinde was separated in childhood. Unknown to them, their father is Wotan, the most powerful of the gods. Through ...

Wagner’s Siegfried

June 8, 2019

The third opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungenrevels in its depiction of heroism even as it sets up the cycle’s dramatic conclusion. Siegfried, the child of Siegmund and Sieglinde, has been raised by Alberich’s brother Mime. Mime plans to use Siegfried to take back the ring from Fafner. But, as he grows up, Siegfried rebels against his dubious guardian.

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra

June 15, 2019

Verdi's opera explores long-held secrets, treachery and the father-daughter relationship, in the majestic setting of Renaissance Genoa. The dashing corsair Simon Boccanegra and Maria, daughter of the nobleman Jacopo Fiesco, have fallen in love and had an illegitimate daughter. The child has disappeared from her foster-home. Boccanegra returns to Genoa to break the news to Maria, and learns of her death as a crowd, led by the plebeian Paolo Albiani, proclaim him Doge of Genoa.