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, San Francisco Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

All 2016 opera broadcasts are Saturdays at 1 pm (ET):

May 14: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
May 21: López's Bel Canto from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
May 28: Rossini's Cinderella from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 4: Berg's Wozzeck from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 11: Lehár's The Merry Widow from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 18: Verdi's Nabucco from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 25: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 2: Gounod's Romeo and Juliet from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 9: Dvořák's Rusalka from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
July 16: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci from LA Opera.
July 23: Bellini's Norma from LA Opera.
July 30: Verdi's The Two Foscari from LA Opera.
Aug. 6: J. Heggie's Moby-Dick from LA Opera.
Aug. 13: Verdi's Falstaff from LA Opera.
Aug. 20: Verdi's Luisa Miller from San Francisco Opera.
Aug. 27: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 3: Wagner's Die Meistersinger from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 10: Mozart's The Magic Flute from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 17: Rossini's The Barber of Seville from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 24: The Fall of the Houe of Usher (Debussy, Getty) from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 1: Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 8: Bizet's Carmen from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 15: Verdi's Don Carlos from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 22: Janáček's Jenůfa from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 29: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 5: Rossini's The Thieving Magpie from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 12: Ward's The Crucible from the Glimmerglass Festival.
Nov. 19: Schnyder's Yardbird from Opera Philadelphia.
Nov. 26: Beethoven's Fidelio from San Francisco Symphony.

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Latest Episode / Saturday, June 25, 2016 Edit This

Amanda Majeski Stars in 'Der Rosenkavalier' from the Lyric

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Richard Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier' from Chicago. Plus a three-minute version of the opera by WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon.

Verdi's 'Nabucco' from the Lyric Opera

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This Saturday at 1 pm, listen to Željko Lučić star in Verdi's tale of politics, religion and love from Chicago, plus listen to Jeff Spurgeon's three-minute take on the classic opera.

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Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson Star in 'The Merry Widow'

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Renée Fleming star as the title character and Thomas Hampson as her old flame in Susan Stroman's production of Franz Lehár's 'The Merry Widow.'

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Berg's 'Wozzeck' from Lyric Opera

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Saturday at 1 pm, listen to Berg's gripping drama, "Wozzeck," presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a new David McVicar production.

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Rossini's 'Cinderella' from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday at 1 pm, Isabel Leonard and Lawrence Brownlee star in Rossini's version of the traditional fairy tale, led by Sir Andrew Davis.

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Lyric Presents Premiere Production of 'Bel Canto'

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tune is Saturday at 1 pm as soprano Danielle De Niese stars in Jimmy López and Nilo Cruise's operatic adaptation of the best-selling Ann Patchett novel from Chicago.

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'The Marriage of Figaro' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro from Chicago's Lyric Opera, starring Luca Pisaroni and Amanda Majeski.

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Franco Faccio’s 'Amleto' Performed by Opera Southwest Chorus

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tune in to WQXR Saturday at 1pm to hear Opera Southwest Chorus' performance of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, conducted by Anthony Barrese.

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Listen: Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' from Glimmerglass

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hear the archived recording of Leonard Bernstein’s "Candide," the final broadcast from the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival.

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Antonio Vivaldi’s 'Cato in Utica' from Glimmerglass

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Listen to the archived audio for Antonio Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica, the second of three broadcasts from the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival.

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Listen On-Demand: Verdi's 'Macbeth' from the Glimmerglass Festival

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Listen on-demand to the recording of Verdi’s "Macbeth," the first of three broadcasts from the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival.

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Hector Berlioz's 'The Trojans' at the San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for San Francisco Opera's performance of the ambitious opera 'The Trojans' by Hector Berlioz.

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Puccini's 'La Bohéme' at the San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 24, 2015

This Saturday at 1 pm, join us as we journey to 1840's Paris with the San Francisco Opera’s performance of Puccini’s "La Bohéme."

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Rossini's 'Cinderella' from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Join us today at 1 pm for San Francisco Opera’s revival of Rossini’s "La Cenerentola," starring Karine Deshayes in the title role.

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Handel's 'Partenope' from San Francisco Opera

Monday, October 05, 2015

Today at 1 pm, join us for San Francisco’s Opera’s 2014 performance of Handel's Partenope starring Danielle de Niese and David Daniels.

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Bellini's 'Norma' from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Bellini’s Norma from San Francisco Opera featuring the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in her career-defining role.

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Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly' from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This Saturday at 1 pm, join us for the San Francisco Opera's performance of Madama Butterfly, starring soprano Patricia Racette and Brian Jagde.

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Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Verdi's 'Rigoletto,' the compelling story of a vengeful court jester desperately attempting to shield his daughter from disaster. 

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Massenet's 'Thaïs' from Los Angeles Opera

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for Massenet's "Thaïs" from the Los Angeles Opera starring Nino Machaidze and Plácido Domingo.

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Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' from LA Opera

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for Mozart's sneaky comedy The Marriage of Figaro, starring Pretty Yende and Roberto Tagliavini.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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

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