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

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

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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Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us to hear Mozart's Don Giovanni, a depiction of the last day and night of the most iconic of seducers, in a widely-acclaimed Covent Gardent production.

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Verdi's Falstaff from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast from San Francisco Opera of Verdi's final opera. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, one of today’s definitive Falstaffs, is in the lead role.

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Berg's Wozzeck from the Royal Opera House

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today at 1 pm, tune in for Alban Berg's 20th-century masterpiece Wozzeck, starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Karita Mattila as Marie.

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Verdi's La Traviata from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 04, 2014

This Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for San Francisco Opera's revival of Verdi's La Traviata starring Nicole Cabell as Violetta Valéry and Stephen Costello as Alfredo Germont.

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Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for a special archive broadcast of the 1976 production of Die Frau Ohne Schatten, starring Leonie Rysanek and led by noted Strauss expert Karl Böhm.

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Rossini's The Barber of Seville from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Today at 1 pm: With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this comic masterpiece featuring Rossini’s witty and charming score.

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Britten's Peter Grimes from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a special archival broadcast of San Francisco Opera's 1976 production of Peter Grimes, starring Jon Vickers.

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Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast from the San Francisco Opera of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. It stars Greer Grimsley in the title role and soprano Lise Lindstrom as Senta.

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