American Opera Series 2016

Saturday's at 12 noon
  • Hosted by Peter van de Graaff

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Philadelphia, and more! (see elsewhere in this document for information on each Opera company). The American Opera Series for 2016 will bring distinction to your station’s schedule, and unmatched enjoyment to your listeners. We hope you’ll join us!

Highlights of the American Opera Series include:
• Join Lyric Opera of Chicago for the premiere broadcast of Peruvian-born composer Jimmy López’ opera Bel Canto (May 21)! Called “one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today” (Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times), López’ timely opera wrestles with terrorism, the tenuous relationships between us, and in true Magical-Realist fashion, the power of music to overcome conflict and adversity.

• LA Opera brings us a fantastic double-bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (July 16), starring Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo on stage in the title role for the first half, and on the podium for the second. You won’t want to miss this exciting performance!

• New to our lineup this year, Opera Philadelphia brings the world premiere of a new work, Yardbird, which delves into the mind, heart, and spirit of the late, great Bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker. Renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee stars in the leading role, with soprano Angela Brown playing the part of Parker’s mother, and Will Liverman as jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

May 14  -  Marriage of Figaro / Mozart
May 21  -  Bel Canto / J. López
May 28 -  Cinderella / Rossini
June 4   -  Wozzeck / Berg
June 11  -  Merry Widow / Lehár
June 18 -  Nabucco / Verdi
June 25 -  Der Rosenkavalier / Strauss
July 2    -  Romeo & Juliet / Gounod
July 9    -  Rusalka / Dvořák

LA Opera

July 16 -     Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci / Puccini/Leoncavallo
July 23 -     Norma / Bellini
July 30 -    The Two Foscari / Verdi
August 6 -   Moby-Dick / J. Heggie
August 13 - Falstaff / Verdi

San Francisco Opera

August 20 -  Luisa Miller / Verdi
August 27 -   Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti 5
September 3 -  Die Meistersinger / Wagner
September 10 - Magic Flute / Mozart
September 17 -  Barber of Seville / Rossini
September 24 -  Fall of the House of Usher / Debussy, Getty, et al. (reconstruction)
October 1 -   Dialogues of the Carmelites / Poulenc
October 8 -  Carmen / Bizet
October 15 - Don Carlos / Verdi
October 22 - Jenůfa / Janáček

Additional Operas

October 29 - Sweeney Todd / Sondheim / Glimmerglass Opera
November 5 - Thieving Magpie / Rossini / Glimmerglass Opera
November 12 - The Crucible / R. Ward / Glimmerglass Opera
November 19 - Yardbird / D. Schnyder / Opera Philadelphia
November 26 - Fidelio / Beethoven / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Saturday, October 22, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conclude their season with a performance of Leoš Janácek’s Janůfa featuring Malin Byström in the title roll with Karita Mattila as Kostelnicka, William Burden as Laca Klemen, and Scott Quinn as Steva Buryja. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be led by Jirí Belohlávek with stage direction from Olivier Tambosi and the chorus master is Ian Robertson.

Airs Saturday, October 15, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo starring Michael Fabiano as Don Carlo and Ana María Martínez as Elisabetta, with Nadia Krasteva as Princess Eboli, Mariusz Kwiecien as Rodrigo, René Pape as Philip II, and Andrea Silvestrelli as The Grand Inquisitor. Nicola Luisotti will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus with chorus master Ian Robertson and stage direction by Emilio Sagi.

Airs Saturday, October 8, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in George Bizet's Carmen staring Irene Roberts in the title role and Brian Jagde as Don José, with Ellie Dehn as Micaëla, and Zachary Nelson as Escamillo. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be under the direction of Carlo Montanaro with Ian Robertson as Chorus Master and Stage Direction by Calixto Bieito.

Ron Scherl / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 1, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues Of The Carmelites staring Leontyne Price as Madame Lidoine, Virginia Zeani as Mother Marie, with Betsy Norden as Sister Constance, Régine Crespin as Madame de Croissy, Carol Vaness as Blance, Howard Hensel as Chevalier de la Force, and Eric Halfvarson as Marquis de la Force. Henry Lewis conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from John Dexter and the chorus master is Richard Bradshaw.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 24, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in a double bill with Gordon Getty's Usher House and Claude Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher starring Brian Mulligan as Roderick Usher, Jason Bridges as Edgar Allan Poe, and Jacqueline Piccolino as Madeline Usher / Lady Madeline, with Anthony Reed as Doctor Primus, Joel Sorensen as Le Médecin, and Edward Nelson as L'Ami. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are under the direction of Lawrence Foster.