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

Press Image / Robert Millard

Airs Saturday, August 13, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we present Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff staring Roberto Frontali as Sir John Falstaff, Carmen Giannattasio as Alice Ford, Ekaterina Sadovnikova as Nannetta, and Juan Francisco Gatell as Fenton, with Ronnita Nicole Miller as Mistress Quickly, Robert Brubaker as Dr. Caius, Rodell Rosel as Bardolph, and Valentin Anikin as Pistol. The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus are all under the direction of James Conlon with Chorus master Grant Gershon and stage direction from Lee Blakeley.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 6, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature Jake Heggie's Moby Dick staring Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab and Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, with Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg, Jacqueline Echols as Pip, Mathew O’Neillm as Flask, Malcolm MacKenzie as Stubb, and Nicholas Brownlee as Captain Gardiner. James Conlon leads the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with Grant Gershon as Churs master and stage direction from Leonard Foglia.

Robert Millard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 30, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature The Two Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi staring Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, with Marina Poplavskaya as Lucrezia Contarini, Ievgen Orlov as Jacopo Loredano, Ben Bliss as Barbarigo, Tracy Cox as Pisana, and Hunter Phillips as Servant. James Conlon leads the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from Thaddeus Strassberger, and Grant Gershon served as Chorus Master.

Ken Howard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 23, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the LA Opera on the Air we feature Vincenzo Bellini's Norma staring Angela Meade in the title role with Jamie Barton as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione, Morris Robinson as Oroveso, Rafael Moras as Flavio, and Lacey Jo Benter in the role of Clotilde. James Conlon will lead the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from Anne Bogart and our chorus master will be Grant Gershon.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 16, at 12 noon. This week we return once again to the LA Opera on the Air for a series of five performances opening up their season with a double bill featuring Puccini's Gianni Schicchi & Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In the Puccini we'll hear Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Arturo Chacon Cruz as Rinuccio, with Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta, Meredith Arwady as Zita, Greg Fedderly in the role of Gherardo, and Stacey Tappan as Nella.