Saturday at the Opera

Airs Saturdays at 1 pm on WQXR.

WFMT brings you the most electrifying live performances from the world’s great opera companies: the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the LA Opera, the Royal Opera House, San Francisco Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

May 16: Strauss's Capriccio from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
May 23: Mozart's Don Giovanni from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
May 30: Verdi's Il Trovatore from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 6: Donizetti's Anna Bolena from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 13: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde from the Royal Opera House.
June 20: Carousel from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 27: Wagner's Tannhäuser from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 4: Gershwin's Porgy & Bess from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 11: Puccini's Tosca from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 18: Weinberg's The Passenger from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 25: Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Aug. 1: Mozart's The Magic Flute from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Aug. 8: Rossini's William Tell from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Aug. 15: Giordano's Andrea Chenier from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Aug. 22: Verdi's La Traviata from LA Opera.
Aug. 29: Rossini's The Barber of Seville from LA Opera.
Sept. 5: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro from LA Opera.
Sept.12: Massenet's Thaïs from LA Opera. 
Sept. 19: Verdi's Rigoletto from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 26: Puccini's Madame Butterfly from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 3: Bellini's Norma from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 10: Handel's Partenope from San Francisco Opera.
Oct.17: Rossini's Cinderella from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 24: Puccini's La Boheme from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 31: Berlioz's The Trojans from San Francisco Opera.
Nov. 7: Verdi's Macbeth from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 14: Vivaldi's Cato in Utica from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 21: Bernstein's Candide from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 28: Faccio's Amleto from Opera Southwest.

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Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' from LA Opera

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville" from the Los Angeles Opera, starring Elizabeth DeShong and Rodion Pogossov.

Verdi's 'La Traviata' from Los Angeles Opera

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm as our weekly opera broadcasts turn to the West Coast: We hear Los Angeles Opera's 2014 performance of La Traviata.

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Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm for Giordano’s "Andrea Chenier" from Covent Garden, starring tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

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Rossini's 'William Tell' From the Royal Opera House

Monday, August 03, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm, for what has been the most talked-about opera production of 2015: director Damiano Michieletto's update of Rossini's "William Tell."

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Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.

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Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Verdi's A Masked Ball, starring soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, tenor Joseph Calleja and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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Weinberg's 'The Passenger' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm to hear Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 Holocaust opera The Passenger, which had its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut earlier this year.  

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Giacomo Puccini's 'Tosca' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Friday, July 10, 2015

This Saturday, tune-in at 1pm for Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.

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Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' From the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm for "Porgy and Bess," starring Eric Owens and Adina Aaron in the title roles.

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Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Today at 1 pm, join us for Tannhäuser, Richard Wagner’s opera that portrays the struggle between profane and genuine love.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Carousel' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel.

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Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm to hear a special 150th anniversary broadcast of Wagner's epic, starring Stephen Gould as Tristan and Nina Stemme as Isolde.

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Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Saturday at 1 pm: Loyalties shift and hearts are broken as Tudor king Henry VIII abandons his second wife. 

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Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Today at 1 pm, tune in for a broadcast of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's fall 2014 staging of Verdi's potboiler with Yonghoon Lee, Quinn Kelsey as the Count, and Stephanie Blythe.

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Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today at 1 pm, our 2015 season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continues with "Don Giovanni" starring Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien.

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Strauss's 'Capriccio' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm for Strauss's Capriccio, starring Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter and Bo Skovhus.

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Verdi's Sicilian Vespers from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Of all the operas that feature fatal illness, jealousy and bloody revenge, there's one that may be deadlier than them all. Tune in Saturday at 1 pm for this tumultuous work.

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Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Faust, Gounod's lush drama about a man who confronts both the devil incarnate and the hellish consequences of his own weakness.

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Wagner's Parsifal from Covent Garden

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast of the Royal Opera House's production of Wagner's "Parsifal," based on a 13th century Arthurian legend.

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Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia from the Caramoor Festival

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a special broadcast of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, about the poison-wielding Renaissance power woman, starring soprano Angela Meade.

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Kern's Show Boat from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for the 1927 musical about love and race in 19th century Mississippi, featuring timeless songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.

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