Thomas Richards

Karli Cadel / The Glimmerglass Festival

Airs Saturday, November 22 at 12 noon.  This week on our American Opera series we travel to the Glimmerglass Festival for : An American Tragedy Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy which stars Vanessa Isiguen as Roberta Alden, Samantha Guevrekian as Grace, and Jennifer Root as Elizabeth Griffiths. Also featured in this production are Aleksey Bogdanov as Samuel Griffiths, Meredith Lustig as Bella Griffiths, Cynthia Cook as Sondra Finchley, John Kapusta as  Reverend McMillan, Thomas Richards as Orville Mason, Patricia Schuman as Elvira Griffiths, and Matthew Scollin as Judge. Peter Van de Graaff will host.

Airs Saturday, July 27 at 12 noon - National Council Grand Finals Concert
The Met's National Council Auditions are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. Over six decades, this competition for exceptionally talented singers from across the country has helped launch the careers of some of opera's greatest stars, including Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Patricia Racette, and Deborah Voigt—as well as, more recently, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade. This year's ten finalists will compete on the Met stage in the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, March 10, at 3pm. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, a 1995 winner, will be the host and guest performer, with Marco Armiliato conducting the Met Orchestra.