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

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.

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.

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