Performances from the Royal Opera House

Saturdays at 12:00 pm

Royal Opera House (Photo: Norio NAKAYAMA from saitama, japan, CC BY-SA 2.0, cropped, via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold

July 13, 2024, 12:00 pm

A London performance of the majestic story of Das Rheingold, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Christopher Maltman is Wotan, the god of battle, Christopher Purves sings Alberich, with Sean Panikkar as Loge. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the first of the four chapters that make up Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Richard Strauss’s Elektra

July 20, 2024, 12:00 pm

Aušrinė Stundytė takes the lead role, with notable performances by Sara Jakubiak as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis, and Karita Mattila sings the role of their mother in this intense drama. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts.