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

Todd Rosenberg / Todd Rosenberg

Airs Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with a concert performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra of Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff starring Ambrogio Maestri as Sir John Falstaff; Eleonora Buratto as Alice Ford; Luca Salsi as Ford; Rosa Feola as Nannetta and Daniela Barcellona as Mistress Quickly. Daniela Barcellona, Laura Polverelli, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Luca Dall'Amico, and Saverio Fiore fill out the cast.

Ron Scherl / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and an archived performance of of Richard Strauss' Arabella starring Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role and Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, with Barbara Daniels as Zdenka; William Lewis as Matteo; Alexander Malta as Count Theodor Waldner; Sona Cervena as Countess Waldner; Michael Ballam as Count Elemer; Erie Mills as Fiakermilli; Kevin Langan as Count Lamoral; and John Brandstetter as Count Dominik.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and a production of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale starring Maurizio Muraro in the title role with Heidi Stober as Norina, Lawrence Brownlee as Ernesto, Malatesta Lucas Meachem as the Doctor, and Bojan Knezevic as A Notary. The stage director is Laurent Pelly and Ian Robertson is the chorus master with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Giuseppe Finzi.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and a production of Bright Sheng's Dream Of The Red Chamber starring Yijie Shi in the role of Bao Yu and Purem Jo as Dai Yu, with Hyona Kim as Lady Wang, Karen Chia-Ling Ho as Princess Jia, Qiulin Zhang as Granny Jia, Yanyu Guo as Aunt Xue, and The Monk with be performed by Randall Nakano. The Flowers and Handmaidens are Amina Edris, Toni Marie Palmertree, and Zanda Svede. The Stones and Eunuchs are Pene Pati, Alex Boyer, and Edward Nelson.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and a production of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier starring Yonghoon Lee as Andrea Chénier, Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena, George Gagnize as Gérard, J’Nai Bridges as Bersi, Joel Sorensen as The Incredible, Jill Grove as Madelon, David Pershall as Roucher, and Catherine Cook as Contessa di Coigny. Also apprearing are Robert Pomakov, Alex Boyer, Edward Nelson, Anthony Reed, Matthew Stump, Brad Walker, and Anders Frölich.