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 and the San Francisco Opera.

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: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 20: Wagner's "Tannhäuser" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.
June 27: Weinberg's "The Passenger" 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: Verdi's "La Traviata" from LA Opera.
July 25: Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" / Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" from LA Opera.
Aug. 1: Rossini's "Barber of Seville" from LA Opera.
Aug. 8: Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" from LA Opera.
Aug. 15: Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" from LA Opera.
Aug. 22: Massenet's "Thaïs" from LA Opera.
Aug. 29: Verdi's "Rigoletto" from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 5: Puccini's "Madame Butterfly"from San Francisco Opera.
Sept.12: Bellini's "Norma"from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 19: C. Floyd's "Susannah"from San Francisco Opera.
Sept. 26: Verdi's "A Masked Ball"from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 3: Handel's "Partenope"from San Francisco Opera.
Oct.10: Rossini's "Cinderella"from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 17: Puccini's "La Boheme"from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 24: M. Tutino's "Two Women"from San Francisco Opera.
Oct. 31: Berlioz's "The Trojans"from San Francisco Opera.

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

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.

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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Puccini's Tosca from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, the San Francisco Opera broadcast features Puccini's masterful melodrama with soprano Patricia Racette in the title role and Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi.

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Boito’s Mephistopheles from San Francisco Opera

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

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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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