American Opera Series 2017

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 a fantastic season of Wagner, Mozart, Massenet, and more! Highlights include Berlioz’ epic Les Troyens (June 3), and Tchaikovsky’s lyric masterpiece Eugene Onegin (July 8). Stars of this season include Eric Owens (Das Rheingold), Christine Goerke (Les Troyens), Mariusz Kwiecień (Eugene Onegin), and more!
  • Opera lovers everywhere are familiar with The Barber of Seville (August 12) and the Marriage of Figaro (August 19), but LA Opera brings us the third opera in the trilogy, John Corigliano’s less-frequently-heard 1991 composition The Ghosts of Versailles (August 26). With a fantastic lineup of performers and Maestro James Conlon at the podium, you won’t want to miss these exciting performances!
  • Every season there are fantastic performances by current stars of the Opera world and astounding new Operas from some of the best composers in the field; this season San Francisco Opera brings you both! We’re especially delighted to bring you archival recordings of La Gioconda (September 2) featuring Renata Scotto, and Strauss’ Arabella (October 14) featuring the great Kiri Te Kanawa! Balancing these classic master performances is an exciting new commission for San Francisco Opera: Dream of the Red Chamber (September 30), Bright Sheng’s adaptation of the famous Chinese novel of the same name.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

May 20 Das Rheingold / Wagner
May 27 Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti
June 3 Les Troyens / Berlioz
June 10 Don Quichotte / Massenet
June 17 The Magic Flute / Mozart
June 24 Norma / Bellini
July 1 Carmen / Bizet
July 8 Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky
July 15 Don Giovanni / Mozart
July 22 Tannhäuser / Wagner

LA Opera

July 29 Macbeth / Verdi
August 5 The Tales of Hoffman / Offenbach
August 12 The Barber of Seville / Rossini
August 19 The Marriage of Figaro / Mozart
August 26 The Ghosts of Versailles / Corigliano

San Francisco Opera

September 2 La Gioconda / Ponchielli
September 9 Aida / Verdi
September 16 Madama Butterfly / Puccini
September 23 Andrea Chénier / Giordano
September 30 Dream of the Red Chamber / Bright Sheng
October 7 Don Pasquale / Donizetti
October 14 Arabella / Strauss

Additional Operas

October 21 Falstaff / Verdi / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
October 28 Lucrezia Borgia / Donizetti / Caramoor
November 4 Il Pirata / Bellini / Caramoor
November 11 Tancredi / Rossini / Opera Southwest
November 18 Amleto / Faccio / Opera Southwest
November 25 Riders of the Purple Sage / Craig Bohmler / Arizona Opera

Airs Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 12 noon.  The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues this week with a performance of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor staring Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia, Piotr Beczała as Edgardo, Quinn Kelsey as Enrico, and Adrian Sâmpetrean as Raimondo. Our chorus master is Michael Black, the director is Graham Vick, and Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Airs Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 12 noon. The Lyric Opera of Chicago return again for another season with an opening performance of Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner, Eric Owens will take the role of Wotan with Samuel Youn as Alberich; Štefan Margita as Loge; Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Fricka; Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Fasolt; Tobias Kehrer as Fafner; and Okka von der Damerau as Erda. The stage director is David Pountney and Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Das Rheingold.

Below are the broadcasts from past seasons of the American Opera Series.

STEFAN COHEN / WFMT

Airs Saturday, November 26, at 12 noon. This week we close out the American Opera series from WFMT with a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. Nicholas Phan will be featured Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan and Nina Stemme as Leonore, with Kevin Langan Rocco, Nicholas Phan as Jaquino, Joélle Harvey as Rocco, Alan Held as Don Pizarro, Matthew Newlin as the First Prisoner, Craig Verm as Florestan, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Fernando. The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus will be under Michael Tilson Thomas and Ragnar Bohlin is chorus director.

Dominic M. Mercier / Opera Philadelphia

Airs Saturday, November 19, at 12 noon.  This week from Opera Philadelphia we present Charlie Parker’s Yarbird in a Performance at the historic Appolo Theater.  Lawrence Brownlee will take the lead as Charlie Parker. The role of Addie Parker is played by Angela Brown, Chan Parker is played by Emily Pogorelc, Doris Parker is played by Elena Perroni, Rebecca Parker is played by Chrystal E. Williams, Dizzy Gillespie is played by Will Liverman, and De Koenigswarter is played by Tamara Mumford 

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