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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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