Lyric Opera Of Chicago 2014

Saturday at 12:00 noon
George Preston & Roger Pines

The Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts returns to Red River Radio following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season with eight new productions! 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:

Giuseppe Verdi's OTELLO (in Italian) airs Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon
Giacomo Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY (in Italian) airs Saturday, May 24 at 12 noon
Richard Wagner's PARSIFAL (in German) airs Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m.(Early Start)
Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA (in Italian) airs Saturday, June 7 at 12 noon
Johann Strauss, Jr.'s DIE FLEDERMAUS (in German) airs Saturday, June 14 at 12 noon
Gioachino Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (in Italian) airs Saturday, June 21 at 12 noon
Antonin Dvořák's RUSALKA (in Czech) airs Saturday, June 28 at 12 noon
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (in Italian) airs Saturday, July 5 at 12 noon

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12:00pm

Sat May 26, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs, Saturday, May 26 at 12:00 noon.
“I have won power…but there is no happiness in my tortured soul.” - Boris
       It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created. The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that — his people are starving.
       The score radiates all the grief and grandeur that was Czarist Russia, with thrilling music for the huge chorus. But this masterwork is extraordinary in its intimacy, too — revealing Boris as both the public and the private man, as it peels open the psyche of a tormented ruler who succumbs to his own guilty conscience.
        In a stunning fusion of singing and acting, Ferruccio Furlanetto simply is Boris. “Whether in private demonstrations of power, private fragility, or final collapse, he is the intense center of a monumental tragedy.” Der Standard, Vienna.  Lyric favorites Andrea Silvestrelli and Raymond Aceto, two resplendent voices, join Mr. Furlanetto in this opera that boasts not just one but three great bass roles. The celebrated Czech tenor Štefan Margita is Shuisky, the Czar’s duplicitous advisor.

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12:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Giuseppe Filianoti, Susanna Phillips, Brian Mulligan in Lucia di Lammermoor
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m.  “Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.”  Lucia    In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

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12:00pm

Sat May 12, 2012
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The Lyric Opera of Chicago: Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman

Emily Fons & Matthew Polenzani in The Tales of Hoffman
Dan Rest Lyric Opera of Chicago

Airs Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m.  Red River Radio is pleased to present the Lyric Opera Of Chicago broadcast season with an opening night productions of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman."  If ever a man was unlucky at love, it’s Hoffmann, the wild-eyed poet who travels the world in search of the ideal woman and ends up thwarted by villains at every turn. First, he’s smitten by Olympia — but discovers she’s nothing more than a mechanical doll. Then, he falls for Antonia, a fragile songstress who’ll die if she sings — and regrettably for him, she does both! Finally he’s seduced by Giulietta — but the treacherous courtesan casts him aside. Impossibly beautiful music (including the famous Barcarolle) combined with flamboyant theatricality — that’s why Offenbach’s extravaganza is the perfect way to open our season.

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