Elizabeth DeShong

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 5, at 12 noon This week from the San Francisco Opera it's Puccini's beloved masterpiece Madame Butterfly starring Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, Brian Jagde as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Susuki, and Brian Mulligan as Sharpless, with Julius Ahn as Goro, Jacqueline Piccolino as Kate Pinkerton, Efrain Solis as Prince Yamadori, Morris Robinson as The Bonze, and Hadleigh Adams as the Commissioner. 

LA Opera

Airs Saturday, August 1, at 12 noon.  This week the LA Opera explore Figaro unbound in a new production of The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. Rodion Pogossov stars as Figaro, with René Barbera as Count Almaviva, and Elizabeth DeShong as Rosina. This production also features Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Don Basilio, Lucy Schaufer as Berta, and Jonathan Michie as Fiorello. Trevore Ross directs this production and c leads the La Opera Orchestra and Chorus in The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. Duff Murphy will host.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 1 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s tragedy Madama Butterfly. South African soprano Amanda Echalaz, who makes her Met debut this season, sings Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Bryan Hymel as Pinkerton. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and American baritone Scott Hendricks in his network broadcast debut as Sharpless, conducted by Philippe Auguin. Madama Butterfly will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 21 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream heard in its season premiere performance from October 11.  James Conlon leads his first Met performances of this opera, based on the Shakespeare play. The revival, commemorating the centennial of Britten’s birth, stars Kathleen Kim and Iestyn Davies as Tytania and Oberon, the sparring king and queen of the fairies.

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.