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 Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 25, at 12 noon.  This week from the LA Opera it's a double bill featuring two seemingly disconnected works, Dido and Aeneas By Henry Purcell And Bluebeard’s Castle By Béla Bartók. The common thread? Tune in and find out. Steven Sloan will lead the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Dido and Aeneas staring Paula Murrihy as Dido and Liam Bonner as Aeneas, with Kateryna Kasper as Belinda, John Holiday as the Sorceress, Summer Hassen as Second Lady, G. Thomas Allen as First Witch and Darryl Taylor as Second Witch.

Craig Matthew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 18, at 12 noon We travel next to Los Angeles for the L.A. Opera on the Air and a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece La Traviata staring Placido Domingo as Giorgio Germont, Nino Machaidza as Violetta Valery, and Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Alfredo Germont, with Peabody Southwell as Flora Bervoix, Brenton Ryan as Gastone, Daniel Mobbs as Baron Douphol, Daniel Armstrong as Marquis d’Obigny, Soloman Howard as Doctor Grenvil, and Vanessa Becerra in the role of Annina.

Below are the opera's that were featured during last year's broadcast season of the LA Opera.

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LA Opera / Robert Millard

Airs Saturday, August 30 at 12 noon. This week the LA Opera presents Jules Massenet's Thais with Nono Machaidze as Thais and Placido Domingo as Athanael. This performance will also feature Paul Groves as Nicias, Valentin Anikin as Palemon, Milena Kitic as Albine, and Hae Ji Chang as Crobyle. Patrick Fournillier leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Robert Millard / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 23 at 12 noon. This week the LA Opera on the air presents Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia and Saimir Pirgu as Edgardo. This performance also features Stephen Powell as Enrico, James Creswell as Raimondo, Joshua Guerrero in the roll of Normanno, D’Ana Lombard as Alisa and Vladimir Dmitruk as Arturo.  James Conlon will lead the LA Opera Orchestra nd Chorus in this production.

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