Verdi

Chris Lee / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues as Verdi’s Luisa Miller returns to the network for the first time since 2006. It stars Sonya Yoncheva as Luisa, and Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, the lover she is forced to betray. Both artists make role debuts in this production. Singing Luisa’s father, Miller, Plácido Domingo also adds a new role to his repertoire – the 149th of his legendary career.

Karen Almond / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. It stars soprano Jennifer Rowley as the noblewoman Leonora, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the mysterious gypsy Azucena, tenor Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour Manrico, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Manrico’s rival Count di Luna. Bass Štefan Kocán sings the role of Ferrando, and Marco Armiliato leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the performance.

Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera season of live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts opens on December 2 with Verdi’s Requiem, performed on stage at the Met for the first time since 2008, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine. Levine will lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and a production of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi staring Leah Crocetto as Aida and Brian Jagde as Radames, with Ekaterina Semenchuck as Amneris, George Gagnidze as Amonasro, Raymond Aceto as Ramfis, Anthony Reed as King of Egypt, Toni Marie Palmertree as A Priestess, and Pene Pati as A Messenger.

Karen Almond

Airs Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues this week with a new season from the LA Opera On The Air. For their season open we'll hear Verdi's Macbeth starring Plácido Domingo in the title role with Lady Macbeth sung by Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Banquo; Joshua Guerrero as Macduff; Josh Wheeker as Malcolm; Summer Hassan as Lady-in-Waiting; and Theo Hoffman as the Doctor.

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