LA Opera Series

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 season.

In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become the fourth-largest opera company in the United States and “stands out as a newly important force in American opera,” according to Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times. The broadcast series includes commentary from two of opera’s biggest names: general director Plácido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Experience LA Opera performances recorded recorded live from Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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. 

Craig Henry / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 15, at 12 noon. This week from the LA Opera they conclude their Figaro Unbound series with a performance of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles conducted by James Conlon and directed by Darko Tresnjack. This production stars Victoria Livengood as the Woman with Hat, Kristinn Sigmendsson as Louis XVI, Scott Scully as the Marquis, Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette, and special guest artist Patti Lapone as Samira.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 8, at 12 noon. On this week's production from the LA Opera, it's the second of three works that re-envision Figaro with The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Roberto Tagliavini stars as Figaro with Pretty Yende as Susanna, Ryan McKinny as Count Almaviva and Guanqun Yu as Countess Almaviva. Renee Rapier is Cherubino, Kristinn Sigmundsson appears as Doctor Bartolo, Lucy Schaufer is Marcellina, and Philip Cokorinos will play Antonio. James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production directed by Ian Judge.

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