Lyric Opera Of Chicago 2015

Saturday at 12:00 noon
  • Hosted by 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.

The 2015 schedule:

May 16      DON GIOVANNI / Mozart
May 23      CAPRICCIO / Strauss
May 30      IL TROVATORE / Verdi
June 6       ANNA BOLENA / Donizetti
June 13    CAROUSEL / Rodgers & Hammerstein
June 20    TANNHÄUSER / Wagner
June 27    THE PASSENGER / Weinberg
July 4         PORGY & BESS / Gershwin
July 11      TOSCA / Puccini

Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Airs Saturday, July 11, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago the opera that has left audiences spellbound for over a century, Puccini's Tosca. A fiery Deva, the rebel artist and the sadistic police chief for who all Rome trembles. This production stars Tatiana Serjan as Tosca, Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia, with Richard Ollarsaba as Angelotti, Dale Travis as Sacristan, and Rodell Rosel as Spoletta. The production also features Bradley Smoak as Sciarrone, Annie Wagner as Shepherd, and Anthony Clark Evans as the Jailer. John Caird will lead the the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus along with the Chicago Children's Choir in this performance.

Airs Saturday, July 4, at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago we present George Gershwin’s classic Porgy & Bess featuring Eric Owens as Porgy and Adina Aaron as Bess with Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as Clara; Chase Taylor as Mingo; Jermaine Smith as Sportin’ Life; Norman Garrett as Jake; Karen Slack as Serena; Bernard Holcomb as Robbins; Earl Hazell as Jim; Curtis Bannister as Peter; Veronica Chapman-Smith as Lily; and Gwendolyn Brown as Maria. Ward Stare will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Michael Black is our chorus master. Suzanne Nance will host.

Airs on Saturday, June 27, at 12 noon. On this week's Lyric Opera of Chicago, suppressed for more that 40 years, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger is the story of a former Nazi SS Officer haunted by her past and stunned when she believes a fellow passenger if a former prisoner. Hosted by Suzanne Nance with commentary by Rogers Pines. the powerful and provocative opera stars Amanda Majeski as Marta and Daveda Karanas as Liese, with Brandon Jovanovich as Walter, Joshua Hopkins as Tadeusz, and Kelly Kaduce as Katya. Sir Andrew Davis will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Airs Saturday, June 20, at 12 noon. This week from the Lyric Opera of Chicago we present Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser, starring Johan Botha as Tannhäuser and Amber Wagner as  Elisabeth, with Michaela Schuster as Venus, Gerald Finley as Wolfram, and John Relyea as Landgraf. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus. Suzanne Nance will host and is joined by guest commentator Roger Pines. 

Airs Saturday, June 13, at 12 noon. This week from the Lyric Opera of Chicago it's one of Rogers' and Hammerstein's best loved works, Carousel starring Laura Osnes as Julie Jordan and Steven Pasquale as Billy Bigelow, with Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge, Charlotte D’Amboise as Mrs. Mullin, J. Michael Finley as the First First Policeman, David Lively as David Bascombe, and Pamela Williams as Mrs. Bascombe. This production also features Denyce Graves as Nettie Fowler, Matthew Hydzik in the roll of Enoch Snow, Jarrod Emick as Jigger Craigin, and Emily Rohm as Arminy.

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