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

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 17, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Gioachino Rossini's Barber of Seville staring Lucas Meachem as Figaro, Daniela Mack as Rosina, René Barbera as Count Almaviva, and Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo. The production also features Andrea Silvestrelli as Don Basilio, Catherine Cook as Berta, Edward Nelson as Fiorello, Efraín Solís in the role of Ambrogio, and Matthew Stump plays An officer.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 10, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Mozart's The Magic Flute staring Sarah Shafer as Pamina, Paul Appleby as Tamino, Efraín Solís as Papageno, Alfred Reiter as Sarastro, and Albina Shagimuratova as The Queen of the Night. This production also features Greg Fedderly as Monostatos, Jacqueline Piccolino as First Lady, Nian Wang as Second Lady, Zanda Švēde as Third Lady, and Maria Valdes as Papagena.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 3, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Wagner's Die Meistersinger starring James Rutherford as hans Sachs, Brandon Jovanovich as Walther von Stolzing, Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva, and Sasha Cooke as Magdalene.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, August 27, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor, staring Nadine Sierra in the title roll with Piotr Beczala as Edgardo, Brian Mulligan as Enrico, and Nicolas Testé as Raimondo. This performance also features Zanda Švēde as Alisa, AJ Glueckert as Normanno, and Chong Wang as Arturo. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are under the direction of Nicola Luisotti with stage direction from Michael Cavanagh and Ian Robertson as chorus master.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, August 20, at 12 noon. This week the WFMT Fine Arts Network begin a series featuring the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorusunder Nicola Luisotti with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. The cast features Leah Crocetto in the title roll with Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Vitaliy Bilyy as Miller, and Daniel Sumegi as Count Walter. This producion will also feature Ekaterina Semenchuk as Federica, Andrea Silvestrelli as Wurm, Jacqueline Piccolino as Laura, and Christopher Jackson as Peasant.