Airs Saturday, June 21 at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the Lyric Opera of Chicago we'll hear Gioachino Rossini delightful opera The Barber of Seville (sung in Italian). The cast features Nathan Gunn as Figaro, Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Alek Shrader as Almaviva and Alessandro Corbelli as Bartolo with Kyle Ketelsen in the roll of Basilio. Michael Mariotti conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the this performance.
Airs Saturday, June 14 at 12 noon. This week the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Johann Strauss, Jr.'s delighfull opera Die Fledermaus featuring Juliane Banse as Rosalinde with Bo Skovhus as Eisenstein, Daniela Fally as Adele, Adrian Eröd as Falke, Michael Spyres in the roll of Alfred, Emily Fons as Prince Orlofsky and Andrew Shore as Frank. E. Loren Meeker directs this production and Ward Stare conducts the Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus.
Airs Saturday, July 13 at 12 noon. The final production in this season from the Lyric Opera of Chicago feature the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. This performance features John Cudia in the lead roll of Curley McLain with Ashley Brown as Laurey Williams. David Adam Moore is featured as Jud Fry, Tari Kelly sings Ado Annie, Curtis Holbrook appears as Will Parker and Paula Scrofano plays Aunt Eller. Gary Griffin directs and James Lowe leads the orchestra in Oklahoma from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Airs Saturday, June 29 at 12 noon Join the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto (in Italian) featuring Zelko Lucic as Rigoletto with Albina Shagimuratova as Gilda, Giuseppe Filianoti as Duke, Andrea Silvestrell as Sparafucile, and Nicole Piccolomini in the role of Maddalena. Stephen Barlow directs and Evan Rogister conducts this performance.
Airs Saturday, June 30 at 12:00 noon. Here it is—the granddaddy of grand-opera spectacle—complete with pyramids and potentates, priestesses and dancing girls, plus armies of soldiers and slaves! At its heart, a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be. Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland, long to be together forever. But someone else wants Radames, too—it’s Amneris, the jealous daughter of the Pharaoh himself! Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music show us Verdi at the peak of his powers–masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.