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.

Handel’s Theodora

July 9, 2022

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

Vivaldi’s Bajazet

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

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

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.