WQXR Brings the Royal Opera House to New York This Fall On-Air and in the Cinema


WQXR Brings the Royal Opera House to New York This Fall
On-Air and in the Cinema

Royal Opera House Makes New York Broadcast Debut on WQXR
on Saturday, September 14
WQXR to Partner with Symphony Space to Present Select Operas on the Silver Screen


(New York, NY- August 7, 2013) – This fall, WQXR, the nation’s most listened-to classical music radio station, will bring the renowned Royal Opera House from London’s Covent Garden to New York airwaves for the first time, and will present five operas on the silver screen in partnership with Symphony Space.  

Starting Saturday, September 14 with Verdi’s Don Carlo, WQXR 105.9 FM will broadcast operas from the 2012-13 season at The Royal Opera House on consecutive Saturdays at 1pm ET through November 2.  Highlights include Plácido Domingo as Nabucco in Verdi’s Nabucco; Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried; and Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak as Nemorino and Adina in The Elixir of Love.  On-demand streaming will be available at WQXR.org.

In addition, beginning Sunday, September 22, Symphony Space and WQXR present “Royal Opera House Cinema, bringing screenings of select operas to audiences in high definition video. The screenings will include Verdi’s Nabucco, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Rossini’s La donna del lago from the 2012-13 season, as well as the current season’s Les Vêpres siciliennes by Verdi and Wagner’s Parsifal.

Screenings will take place on select Sundays at 3pm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, with introductions by Naomi Lewin, host of WQXR’s opera show, OPERAVORE, as well as other WQXR hosts and stars from the opera world. Tickets for Symphony Space screenings are on-sale now, available online at www.symphonyspace.org; by visiting the Symphony Space box office at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street (Tuesday –Sunday, 1-6 pm); or by calling 212-864-5400.

“As part of our expanding opera offerings on WQXR, we are thrilled to be working with the Royal Opera House on this exciting new multiplatform collaboration,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR.  “For the first time, WQXR will broadcast Royal Opera House performances to our local New York audiences on WQXR 105.9 FM and to our worldwide base of opera lovers via our online opera stream, OPERAVORE. With our friends at Symphony Space, we will present five Royal Opera House high-definition performances from their celebrated cinema series.”     

“We have seen a real increase in demand for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet in cinemas over the past couple of years,” said Alastair Roberts, MD of Royal Opera House Enterprises. “We are delighted to be working with WQXR to bring the Royal Opera House Cinema Season to New York on-air and in the cinema, helping us to reach even wider audiences."


Saturdays at 1pm

September 14-- Verdi: Don Carlo
September 21-- Wagner: Das Rheingold
September 28-- Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
October 5-- Wagner: Die Walkure
October 12-- Verdi: Nabucco
October 19-- Wagner: Siegfried
October 26-- Donizetti: The Elixir of Love
November 2-- Wagner: Gotterdammerung


Select Sundays at 3pm

September 22-- Verdi: Nabucco
October 13-- Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
November 3-- Rossini:  La donna del lago
November 24-- Verdi:  Les Vêpres Siciliennes
December 22-- Wagner:  Parsifal

WQXR’s Operavore stream is available at www.wqxr.org/operavore.



WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, New York Philharmonic This Week, and the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.