Wagner

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Die Walküre, the second of the four operas in Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, part of the first of three Ring cycles that will be heard at the Met this season in honor of the composer’s bicentennial. Deborah Voigt returns in the title role of the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, in a cast that also includes Mark Delavan in his company role debut as her father Wotan, ruler of the gods; Stephanie Blythe as his formidable wife Fricka, the goddess of marriage; Martina Serafin in her Met debut as Sieglinde and Simon O’Neill as her twin, Siegmund; and Hans-Peter König as Sieglinde’s brutal husband, Hunding. Die Walküre will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 13.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Luisi will lead three complete cycles of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Met this season in honor of the composer’s bicentennial, with each of the four operas receiving a worldwide radio broadcast. Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle, will feature company role debuts by Mark Delavan as Wotan and Meredith Arwady as Erda. Eric Owens (Alberich), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Stefan Margita (Loge), Hans-Peter König (Fafner), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), and Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia) reprise their acclaimed portrayals from previous Ring cycles at the Met.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Parsifal. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new staging of Wagner’s final opera, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by François Girard in his Met debut.

Airs Monday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. Red River Radio is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for you to share world-class performances from this year's Lucerne Festival.  The award-winning production team from WQXR in New York was on the ground in Switzerland in to produce these four concert broadcasts. On this program we'll hear the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with Daniele Gatti conducting and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Richard Wagner's Prelude to Act 3 and Good Friday Spell from Parsifal,  Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (To the Memory of an Angel), Richard Strauss' Suite from the Opera Der Rosenkavalier, and Maurice Ravel's La Valse.

Air Saturday, December 1 at 12:00 noon  The ultimate blend of action, music, scene and dramatic expression was Richard Wagner's goal in his "total work of art." Deutsche Welle brings you another performance from the Festspielhaus, which Wagner designed explicitly for his music dramas. This year the festival, still in the hands of Wagner's descendents, currently led by his great-granddaughters Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Katharina Wagner, begins with a new production of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) as staged by Jan Philipp Gloger and conducted by Christian Thielemann.  Deutsche Welle's Rick Fulker is there, introducing you to the production team and soloists and looking forward to sharing the Wagner fun with those who can't make it to the festival. With the demand for tickets exceeding the supply by a factor of ten, they are not lacking in numbers and have responded warmly to the radio transmissions, which convey the sense of event.

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