Richard Wagner

Airs Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 12 noon. The Lyric Opera of Chicago return again for another season with an opening performance of Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner, Eric Owens will take the role of Wotan with Samuel Youn as Alberich; Štefan Margita as Loge; Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Fricka; Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Fasolt; Tobias Kehrer as Fafner; and Okka von der Damerau as Erda. The stage director is David Pountney and Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Das Rheingold.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 3, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Wagner's Die Meistersinger starring James Rutherford as hans Sachs, Brandon Jovanovich as Walther von Stolzing, Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva, and Sasha Cooke as Magdalene.

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. 

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

** Airs Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. ** The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Richard Wagner’s comedy about romance and music-making in 16th-century Germany, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. German baritone Michael Volle stars as the mastersinger and cobbler Hans Sachs, with South African heldentenor Johan Botha as the knight Walther von Stolzing and German soprano Annette Dasch as Eva.

Airs Saturday, November 29 at 12 noon. The myth goes on: the world’s most renowned, and unique, opera festival, performing the ten operas the “master” deemed fit for his festival theater in the acoustics that have never been replicated: the Richard Wagner Festival never ceases to fascinate!  This time, it’s the performance of Tannhäuser from opening day that occupies our stage, with a surprise in the pit: Axel Kober, a conductor who grew up in Bayreuth, gave his premiere in Wagner’s Festspielhaus.

Pages