LA Opera Series 2016

Saturday's at noon
  • Hosted by Duff Murphy

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue the American Opera Series with three productions from LA Opera’s 2015-16 season, along with special encore broadcasts of two Verdi operas: The Two Foscari, starring Plácido Domingo, and Falstaff, starring Roberto Frontali.

In just three decades of existence, LA Opera has become one of America’s most exciting and ambitious opera companies under the leadership of general director Plácido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Presenting benchmark productions of standard repertoire as well as new and rarely-staged operas, LA Opera brings together world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors for performances that attract the attention of international audiences and critics. The nation’s fourth largest opera company, LA Opera "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times).

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.

Below are LA Operas from past season that Red River Radio has been honored to bring you.

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Robert Millard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 22, at 12 noon. The Final broadcast in this year's LA Opera broadcast season feature Jules Massenet's 'comédie lyrique' in three acts and seven tableaux, Thais, starring Nino Machaidze as Thais, Placideo Domingo as Athanael, and Paul Groves as Nicias, with Valentin Atkin as Palemon, Milena Kitic as Albine, Hae Ji Chang as Crobyle, and Kihun Yoon as Servant. Nicola Raab directs and Patrick Fournillier will lead the LA Opera Orchestra in this production of Thais on Red River Radio. Duff Murphy will host. 

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