Lyric Opera Of Chicago 2013

Saturday at 12:00 noon
George Preston & Roger Pines

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts returns to Red River Radio this year following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season.  This year, we have nine broadcast with one double bill! Since its early days, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been regarded as one of the top three US opera companies, along with the Met and San Francisco. Chicago boasts an opera company that’s second to none, with stellar casts, sets, and one of the finest orchestra in the world. Red River Radio is pleased to bring this glorious opera showcase back to our schedule. Opera lovers will enjoy and exciting season.

This year's schedule:

Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (in Italian) airs Saturday, May 18 at 12 noon
Massenet's Werther (in French) airs Saturday, May 25 at 12 noon
Donizetti's Don Pasquale (in Italian) airs Saturday, June 1 at 12 noon
Strauss's Elektra (in German) & Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel (in German) airs Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon
Puccini's La Boheme (in Italian) airs Saturday, June 15 at 12 noon
Wagner's Die Meistersinger (in German) airs Saturday, June 22 at 12 noon
Verdi's Rigoletto (in Italian) airs Saturday, June 29 at 12 noon
André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire airs Saturday, July 6 at 12 noon
Richard Rodgers's Oklahoma airs Saturday, July 13 at 12 noon




Fri June 14, 2013
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Puccini's La Boheme

Airs Saturday, June 15 at 12 noon. This week on the Lyric Opera of Chicago one of Giacomo Puccini's most beloved works is featured when he Lyric Opera of Chicago presents La Boheme (in Italian) with Anna Netrebko as Mimì; Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo; Elizabeth Futral as Musetta; Lucas Meachem as Marcello and Andrea Silvestrelli as Colline. Emmanuel Villaume conducts this production which is directed by Louisa Muller.


Sat June 8, 2013
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Elektra and Hansel & Gretel

Airs Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon.  Join us this Saturday at noon for an operatic double feature with Richard Strauss' Elektra sung in German and Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel also sung in German. Elektra features in the title roll, Emily Magee as Chrysothemis, Jill Grove as Clytemnestra with Alan Held as Orestes and Roger Honeywell as Aegisthus. Sir Andrew Davis conducts this production directed by David McVicar.      In Hansel & Gretel Elizabeth DeShong plays Hansel and Maria Kanyova plays Gretel with Jill Grove as the Witch, Julie Makerov as the Mother and Brian Mulligan as the father. Eric Einhorn directs this production with Ward Stare conducting.


Sat June 1, 2013
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Don Pasquale (in Italian)

Scene from Don Pasquale

Airs Saturday, June 1 at 12 noon.  Join us this Saturday at noon for Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale featuring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Don Pasquale; Marlis Petersen as Norina, René Barbera as Ernesto with Corey Crider as Malatesta.  Sir Thomas Allen directs and Stephen Lord conducts.


Sat May 25, 2013
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Massenet's Werther

Airs Saturday, May 25 at 12 noon. Jules Massenet's Werther (in French) features Matthew Polenzani as Werther; Sophie Koch as Charlotte; Kiri Deonarine as Sophie; Craig Verm as Albert; and Philip Kraus as Bailiff. Sir Andrew Davis conducts and Francisco Negrin directs this production.


Sat May 18, 2013
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Lyric Opera Of Chicago: Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

Airs Saturday, May 18 at 12 noon. The Lyric Opera of Chicago Season opens with Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (in Italian), a tale of political intrigue, lost love regained and ancient rivalries overcome. The production features Thomas Hampson as Boccanegra, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Fiesco, Krassimira Stoyanova as Amelia, Frank Lopardo as Adorno, Quinn Kelsey as Paolo and Evan Boyer as Pietro. Sir Andrew Davis conducts and Elijah Moshinsky directs this production.