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: Janáček's Jenůfa from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 15: Verdi's Don Carlos from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 22: Bizet's Carmen 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, September 24, 2016 Edit This

SF Opera Performs Getty and Debussy 'Usher' Double Bill

Tune in to WQXR this Saturday at 1 pm for a double bill of Gordon Getty's Usher House and Claude Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher performed by the San Francisco Opera.

Lucas Meachem and René Barbera Star in 'The Barber of Seville'

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tune in to WQXR this Saturday at 1 pm for Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' performed by the San Francisco Opera.

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Sarah Shafer and Paul Appleby Star in 'The Magic Flute'

Saturday, September 10, 2016

This Saturday, Sarah Shafer and Paul Appleby star in Mozart's charming opera, 'The Magic Flute,' from the San Francisco Opera.

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Listen: Wagner's Meistersinger from San Francisco

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm for a full afternoon of Wagner's comic masterpiece, 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,' starring James Rutherford and Brandon Jovanovich.

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Piotr Beczala and Nadine Sierra Star in 'Lucia'

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' from San Francisco, starring Nadine Sierra in the title role and Piotr Beczala as Edgardo.

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Verdi's 'Luisa Miller' from San Francisco

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This Saturday at 1 pm, Michael Fabiano and Leah Crocetto star in this heartrending opera about a young woman torn between family loyalty and love.

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Listen: Verdi's 'Falstaff' from LA Opera

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm as James Conlon conducts Verdi's 'Falstaff' from LA Opera, starring Roberto Frontali in the title role.

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LA Opera Presents 'Moby-Dick'

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Jay Hunter Morris star as Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie's adaptation of Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick.'

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Plácido Domingo Stars in Verdi's 'The Two Foscari'

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday at 1 pm, Plácido Domingo and Francesco Meli star as the father and son pair at the heart of this Verdi opera, conducted by James Conlon.  

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Angela Meade and Jamie Barton Star in "Norma"

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Angela Meade in the title role and Jamie Barton as Adalgisa in a star-studded production of Bellini's "Norma" from Los Angeles.

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Domingo Does Double Duty in LA Opera Double Bill

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm as Plácido Domingo stars in Woody Allen's staging of 'Gianni Schicchi,' then conducts Zeffirelli's production of 'Pagliacci' from LA Opera.

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Susanna Phillips and Joseph Calleja Sing 'Romeo and Juliet'

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm as Susanna Phillips and Joseph Calleja portray the star-crossed lovers from Gounod's adaptation of 'Romeo and Juliet' from Chicago.

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Amanda Majeski Stars in 'Der Rosenkavalier' from the Lyric

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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.

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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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