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 San Francisco Opera and for a second year, the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

June 7: Wagner's Parsifal from Lyric Opera of Chicago

June 14: Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier from the Metropolitan Opera

June 21: Rossini's The Barber of Seville from Lyric Opera of Chicago

June 28: Dvorak's Rusalka from Lyric Opera of Chicago

July 5: Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito from Lyric Opera of Chicago

July 12: Verdi's Falstaff from LA Opera

July 19: Bizet's Carmen from LA Opera

July 26: Mozart's Magic Flute from LA Opera

Aug. 2: Britten's Billy Budd from LA Opera

Aug. 9: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from LA Opera

Aug. 16: Massenet's Thais from LA Opera

Aug. 23: Boito's Mephistopheles from San Francisco Opera

Aug. 30: Puccini's Tosca from San Francisco Opera

Sept. 6: Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from San Francisco Opera

Sept. 13: Britten's Peter Grimes from San Francisco Opera

Sept. 20: Rossini's The Barber of Seville from San Francisco Opera

Sept. 27: TBD

Oct. 4: Verdi's La Traviata from San Francisco Opera

Oct. 11: TBD

Oct. 18: Verdi's Falstaff from San Francisco Opera

Oct. 25: Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Royal Opera House

Nov. 1: Kern's Showboat from San Francisco Opera

Nov. 8: Donizetti's Lucretia Borgia from Caramoor

Nov. 15: Wagner's Parsifal from the Royal Opera House

Nov. 22: Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House

Nov. 29: Verdi's Sicilian Vespers from the Royal Opera House

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Boito’s Mephistopheles from San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 pm, the new season of broadcasts from San Francisco Opera kicks off with Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust.

Massenet's Thaïs from LA Opera

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for the Los Angeles Opera's debut production of Massenet's Thaïs, starring Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze and Plácido Domingo.

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Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at LA Opera

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Today at 1 pm, join us for Los Angeles Opera's new production of Donizetti's potboiler, which debuted in March. Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova stars.

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Britten's Billy Budd from LA Opera

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Today at 1 pm: Recorded during the Benjamin Britten centennial year, LA Opera presents the composer’s most ambitious opera, Billy Budd, in a definitive staging with Liam Bonner in the lead role.

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Mozart's The Magic Flute from LA Opera

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today at 1 pm, tune in for the LA Opera's broadcast of Mozart's enchanting comedy. It stars Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, Janai Bruggeri as Pamina, Evan Boyer as Sarastro and Erika Miklosa as the Queen of the Night.

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Bizet's Carmen from Los Angeles Opera

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, Bizet's riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, is heard in a performance by Los Angeles Opera.

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Verdi's Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the summer season of broadcasts from Los Angeles Opera kicks off with the company's new production of Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff.

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Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's La clemenza di Tito, starring Matthew Polenzani, Amanda Majeski and Joyce DiDonato.

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Dvorak's Rusalka from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rusalka, Dvorak's neglected masterpiece, had its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut this February in a production by David McVicar. Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a broadcast of that performance, with soprano Ana Maria Martinez in the title role.

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Rossini's Barber of Seville from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm for Rossini's Barber of Seville from Chicago, starring Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard.

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Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier from the Met

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for an encore broadcast of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier recorded this season at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Wagner's Parsifal from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Wagner's Parsifal featuring Paul Groves in the title role and Thomas Hampson as Amfortas.

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Puccini's Madama Butterfly from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Today at 1 pm, join us for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013 performance of Madama Butterfly, starring soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San and Italian tenor Stefano Secco as Pinkerton.

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Verdi's Otello at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 24, 2014

On this broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago South African tenor Johan Botha plays the title role alongside soprano Ana María Martínez as Desdemona. Saturday at 1 pm.

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Mozart's Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 30, 2013

On this broadcast from the Houston Grand Opera, Austrian baritone Adrian Eröd plays the legendary playboy, whose “little black book” holds thousands of names. Saturday at 1 pm.

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Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Today at 1 pm, Houston Grand Opera presents Wagner’s classic with Ben Heppner and Nina Stemme in the starring roles.

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Verdi's Il Trovatore

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Today at 1 pm, Il Trovatore is classic Verdi, featuring over-the-top characters, an unlikely, convoluted plot, and classic Verdi themes of destiny and desire.

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Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Our fall broadcasts from Houston Grand Opera begin with the company premiere of the Rossini early gem The Italian Girl in Algiers, given in October 2012.

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Wagner's Gotterdammerung from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Our series from the Royal Opera House concludes with the final installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Gotterdammerung. Sit back and take in this six-plus-hour epic.

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Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday at 1 pm, tenor Roberto Alagna stars as the lovesick Nemorino, alongside soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Adina, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri as Dr. Dulamara.

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Wagner's Siegfried from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Keith Warner's production of the third opera in Wagner's epic Ring cycle combines elemental forces with contemporary concern.

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