Emily Fons & Matthew Polenzani in The Tales of Hoffman
Credit 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.
Airs Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as the celebrate Mother's Day with “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “Home Is a Special Kind of Feeling” from The Wind in the Willows, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends,” “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, “All Through the Night,” “Hush Little Baby,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair.
Airs Monday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. President Teddy Roosevelt once described the programs at Chatauqua Lake as “the most American thing about America.” What began in the early 1870s as an experimental school on the banks of pristine Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York has now blossomed into a 750-acre education center which offers an incredible summer music festival. Music floats over the grounds, coming from the practice cabins where musicians spend seven weeks honing their crafts in preparation for concerts.
Airs Monday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. Surrounded on three sides by beaches, La Jolla, California is incredibly picturesque. Waves crash against the shore, seals bask in the sun and residents enjoy some beautiful sunsets. As seaside town with a passion for the arts, La Jolla also boasts some of the best music in the country during the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. The Los Angeles Times writes of the festival – “perhaps the first thing to be praised about SummerFest is the exceptionally high quality of performances.” With performances from over 70 ensembles and musicians, the festival brings first rate concerts to what is essentially a small seaside town.
Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde in Wagner's "Die Walküre."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
Airs Saturday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Die Walküre, the second installment in his epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Katarina Dalayman sings the title role of the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, alongside an acclaimed cast that includes Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Hans-Peter König as Hunding.