Sondra Radvanovsky

Airs Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 12 noon. This week The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Vincenzo Bellini's Norma starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma, Russell Thomas as Pollione, Elizabeth DeShong as Adalgisa, and Andrea Silvestrelli as Oroveso. Kevin Newbury directs with Michael Black as chorus master and the Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Frizza.

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Airs Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth.

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Airs Saturday, April 16, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Queen Elizabeth I of England, completing her season-long quest to sing the leading roles in all three of Donizetti’s Tudor Queen tragedies. Earlier this season, Radvanovsky gave acclaimed performances as Anne Boleyn in Anna Bolena and Mary, Queen of Scots, in Maria Stuarda.

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Airs Saturday, February 20, at 12 noon The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, the second of the three queens in Donizetti’s celebrated operas about the Tudor court. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Elisabetta – Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary’s arch-nemesis – a role she sang to acclaim in the opera’s Met premiere in 2012. And Spanish tenor Celso Albelo makes his Met debut this season as Leicester, who is loved by both women.

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Airs Saturday, January 9, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. This will be the first broadcast of Radvanovsky’s season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti’s “Tudor queens trilogy,” being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars as the young Anne Boleyn, who struggles to hold onto the throne of England.

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