Opera

The WFMT Radio Network

American Opera Series

 

    The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, and Opera Southwest. Highlights of this season's series will include a celebration of the Fourth of July with Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Porgy and Bess, The Figaro Trilogy from LA Opera, the world premier of Marco Tutino's Two Women, and Opera Southwest's American premier of Franco Faccio's Amleto

 

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A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in the City's Civic Auditorium (La Bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, conducted by Merola). Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season now contains approximately 75 performances of ten operas between September and July.             

Coming back to KUCO December 5th, 2015! 

 

The Metropolitan Opera

Radio Broadcasts

 

From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world's leading opera companies. Today, the Met's preeminent position rests on the elements that established its reputation: high quality performances with many of the world's most renowned artists, a superior company of choral and orchestral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public.

Metropolitan Opera House

Each season, the Met stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York City. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Met on television, on tours, and through cinemacasts, radio, and recordings. 

Met Opera Radio

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 85th season begins on December 5th, 2015, with La Bohème. Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, perhaps his most beloved staging of all. Maria Agresta, Ramón Vargas, and Bryan Hymel are among the artists appearing as the young Parisian lovers in the bohemian setting that brings the Latin Quarter to life on the stage of the Met. Paolo Carignani and Dan Ettinger conduct.  Mary Jo Heath, who was a senior producer of the radio broadcasts for nine seasons, will succeed Margaret Juntwait, who died in June after holding the post for more than a decade, joining co-commentator Ira Siff. Many opera fans will already be familiar with Ms. Heath’s voice: she announced most of last season’s broadcasts after Ms. Juntwait’s illness kept her from the broadcast booth.  Following each opera broadcast, programming will continue to be recorded and hosted by opera host Lane Whitesell.

If you are interested in underwriting an upcoming opera, click here to see what is available and contact Lane Whitesell.

 

Opera Links

Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.or

Houston Grand Opera www.houstongrandopera.org/

San Antonio Opera www.saopera.com

Santa Fe Opera www.santafeopera.org

Tulsa Opera  www.tulsaopera.com

Wichita Grand Opera  www.wichitagrandopera.org

 

Opera in HD

Click here for theater showtimes and ticket information.

 

Saturday, January 30th:  11:55-3:25pm

 

 Cinemark Tinseltown

AMC Quail Springs Mall

Regal Spotlight Stadium 14

 

 

2/6/2016 - Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

2/6/2016 - Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues this week with the classic double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Join us at noon for these classics of verismo opera!

1-30-2016 - Turandot

1-30-2016 - Turandot
Join us for Puccini's amazing unfinished opera Turandot as the 2015-2016 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues this week at Classical KUCO!

1-23-2016 - Tannhäuser

1-23-2016 - Tannhäuser
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues this week with a broadcast of Wagner's epic Tannhäuser. Join us at noon for this exciting production on Classical KUCO!

1/16/2016 - The Pearl Fishers

1/16/2016 - The Pearl Fishers
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles returns to the Met Stage for the first time since 1916 in a production featuring Diana Damrau as Leïla, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as friends and rivals, Nadir and Zurga, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda!

1/9/2016 - Anna Bolena

1/9/2016 - Anna Bolena
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, withAmerican soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. This will be the first broadcast of Radvanovsky’s season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti’s “Tudor queens trilogy,” being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. Join us Saturday at noon for this stellar production!

1/2/2016

1/2/2016
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Johann Strauss Jr.’s sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus, the first time Maestro James Levine has conducted this work at the Met. Hear this festive work performed in English Saturday at noon on KUCO!

12/26/2015

12/26/2015
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of the Met’s holiday presentation of Rossini’s comic gem The Barber of Seville – an abridged version of the opera, sung in English, aimed at audiences of all ages. The performance stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Taylor Stayton as the lovestruck Count Almaviva, and Elliot Madore as Figaro, the barber and jack-of-all-trades who brings them together. Join us Saturday at noon on KUCO!

12/12/2015

12/12/2015
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues this week with a broadcast of Verdi’s timeless tragedy Rigoletto. Join us at noon for this exciting production on Classical KUCO!

12/5/2015

12/5/2015
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season – the company’s 85th season on the air – begins with a broadcast of the most-performed opera in Met history, La Bohème. Catch Puccini's classic tale of love, loss, and Bohemian life Saturday at noon on Classical KUCO!

11/28/2015

11/28/2015
For the last ten years, Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese has worked to bring back to life the lost work of the composer Franco Faccio and librettist Arrigo Boito. Hear Amleto, the true-to-the-source adaptation of Hamlet as the American Opera broadcast series continues at KUCO!

11/21/2015

11/21/2015
Funny, fast-moving and philosophical, Bernstein's take on Voltaire's satirical novella Candide comes from The Glimmerglass Festival as the American Opera broadcast series continues at Classical KUCO!

11/14/2015

11/14/2015
Passion and politics collide in The Glimmerglass Festival's production of Vivaldi's exquisite of Cato the Younger as the American Opera broadcast series continues at Classical KUCO!

11/7/2015

11/7/2015
The Glimmerglass Festival presents Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece Macbeth as the American Opera broadcast series continues at Classical KUCO!

10/31/2015

10/31/2015
This week, the San Francisco Opera presents Hector Berlioz' epic Les Troyens as the American Opera radio broadcast series continues on Classical KUCO!

10/24/2015

10/24/2015
The American Opera radio broadcast series continues this week with San Francisco Opera's world premiere production of Marco Tutino's Two Women on Classical KUCO!

Local Opera Review - The Coronation of Poppea

OCU's production of The Coronation of Poppea, March 6 - 8, 2015.

Local Opera Review - Little Women

UCO's production of Mark Adamo's Little Women, March 5 - 8, 2015

Opera Within Driving Distance, 2015-2016

September


            Opera in the Heights, Houston.
                        Leoncavallo:  I Pagliacci.  18, 24, 26:  7:30 p.m.  20:  2:00 p.m.

            University of Oklahoma, Reynolds Performing Arts Center. 
                      Bohuslav Martinu, Comedy on the Bridge;  John Adams, The Wound Dresser; and
                      Franz Schubert, Domestic Warfare.  24-26:  8 p.m. 27:  3 p.m.

            Houston Grand Opera Song of Houston, Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.
                      Gregory Spears:  O Columbia.  23, 24:  8:00 p.m.  World Premiere, chamber opera

            Wichita Grand Opera.  Century II, Wichita, Kansas
                      Verdi, Don Carlo.  25:  7:00 p.m.  27:  3:00 p.m.

            Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Muriel Kauffman Theater
                        Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  26, 30, Oct. 2:  7:30 p.m.  Oct 4:  2:00 p.m.

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October


            Tulsa Opera, Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall.
                        Puccini:  La Boheme.  16:  7:30 p.m.  18:  2:30 p.m.

            Wichita Grand Opera
                        Offenbach:  Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.  16-17:  7:00 p.m.  18:  3:00 p.m.
                        Friday and Sunday, Century II, Wichita.  Saturday, McPherson Opera House

            University of Oklahoma Pitmann Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center
                        Marilyn Horne Master Classes, 23 and 27:  7:00 p.m.

            Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater
                        Puccini:  Tosca.  23:  7:00 p.m.  25:  2:00 p.m.  31:  7:30 p.m.
                        Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin.  October 30:  7:00 p.m.

            Dallas Grand Opera World Premiere:  Heggie, Great Scott.  30th, 8 p.m., Winspear

            Opera in the Heights, Houston.
                        Menotti:  The Medium and The Telephone.  30:  7:30 p.m.

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November


            Opera in the Heights, Houston.
                        Menotti:  The Medium and The Telephone.  1:  2:00 p.m.  5, 7:  7:30 p.m.

            Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Muriel Kauffman Theater
                        Dvorak:  Rusalka.  7, 11, 13:  7:30 p.m.  15:  2:00 p.m.

            Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater
                        Tchaikovsky:  Enguene Onegin.  1:  2:00 p.m.  7. 10, 13:  7:30 p.m.
                        Puccini:  Tosca.  3, 6, 14:  7:30 p.m.

            Dallas Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House 
                      Heggie, Great Scott.  1, 15: 2 p.m.  4, 7:  7:30 p.m.
                      Puccini, Madama Butterfly.  6, 11, 14, 20:  7:30 p.m.  8, 22:  2:00 p.m.

            Austin Opera, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
                        Verdi:  Aida.  7, 12:  7:30 p.m.  15:  3:00 p.m.

Oklahoma City University, Kirkpatrick Auditorium 

Baritone Nathan Gunn in recital,  13:  8:00pm
          Don Pasquale, Donizetti.  20, 21:  8:00 p.m.  22:  3:00 p.m.

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December


            Dallas Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House.  Premiere.
                     Adamo:  Becoming Santa Claus.  4, 9, 12:  7:30 p.m.  6:  2:00 p.m.

Houston Grand Opera
         Portman:  The Little Prince.  4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 19:  7:00 p.m.  6, 20:  2:30 p.m. 

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January


            Houston Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House
                        Mozart:  Le Nozze di Figaro.  22, 30:  7:30 p.m.  24:  2:00 p.m.
                        Dvorak:  Rusalka.  29:  7:30 p.m.  31:  2:00 p.m.

            Austin Opera, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
                        Carlisle Floyd:  Of Mice and Men.  23, 28:  7:30 p.m.  31:  3:00 p.m.

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February


            Houston Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House.
                        Mozart:  Le Nozze di Figaro.  3, 5, 7:  7:30 p.m.
                        Dvorak:  Rusalka.  6, 9, 12:  7:30 p.m.

            Opera in the Heights, Houston
                        Rossini:  La Cenerentola.  5, 11, 13:  7:30 p.m.  7:  2:00 p.m.

            Oklahoma City University, Kirkpatrick Theater.
                        Mozart:  Magic Flute.  19, 20:  8:00 p.m.  21:  3:00 p.m.

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March


            University of Oklahoma, Reynolds Performing Arts Center
                        Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin  3-5: 8 p.m.  6:  3 p.m.

            University of Central Oklahoma.  Mitchell Hall Theater. 
                        Handel, Serse.  3-5:  7:30 p.m.  6:  2:30 p.m.

            Oklahoma City University, Burg Theater. 
                        Daugherty:  Jackie O.  4, 5:  8:00 p.m.  6:  3:00 p.m.

            Tulsa Opera, Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall.
                        Previn:  A Streetcar Named Desire.  4:  7:30 p.m.;  6:  2:30 p.m.

            Dallas Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House
                     Massenet:  Manon.  4, 9, 12:  7:30 p.m.  6:  2:00 p.m.

            Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater.  World Premiere of
                        Carlisle Floyd:  Prince of Players.  5, 11:  8:00 p.m.  13:  2:30 p.m.

            Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Muriel Kauffman Theater. 
                        Donizetti:  L’Elisir d’Amore.  12, 16, 18:  7:30 p.m.  20:  2:00 p.m.

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April


            Opera in the Heights, Houston
                        Gluck:  Orfeo and Euridice.  8, 14, 16:  7:30 p.m.  10:  2:00 p.m.

            Dallas Grand Opera, Winspear Opera House.
                     Kern:  Showboat.  15, 20, 23, 29:  7:30 p.m.  17 and May 1:  2:00 p.m.

            Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater.
                        Wagner:  Siegfried.  16, 20, 23, 28:  6:00 p.m.  May 1:  2:00 p.m.
                        Rodgers:  Carousel.  22, 27, 29, 30, May 6, 7:  7:30 p.m.  24:  2:00 p.m.

            Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Muriel Kauffman Theater.
                        Bizet:  Carmen.  23, 27, 29:  7:30 p.m.  May 1:  2:00 p.m.

            Austin Opera, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
                        Rossini:  Barber of Seville.  23, 28:  7:30 p.m.  31:  3:00 p.m.

            Fort Worth Opera Festival, Bass Hall
                        Little:  JFK.  World Premiere.  April 23:  7:30 p.m.
                        Rossini:  Barber of Seville.  30:  7:30 p.m.
                        Myers:  Buried Alive /  Soluri:  Embedded.  24, 26, 29:  7:30 p.m.  30:  2:00 p.m.

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 May

Fort Worth Opera Festival, Bass Hall
                        Little:  JFK.  1:  2:00 p.m.  7:  7:30 p.m.
                        Rossini:  Barber of Seville.  6:  7:30 p.m., 8:  2:00 p.m.
                        Myers:  Buried Alive /  Soluri:  Embedded.  3:  7:30 p.m.  7:  2:00 p.m.
                        Frontiers.  Kahn Auditorium, Kimball Art Museum
                                   May 4th and 5th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  4 selections each evening from new works

            Tulsa Opera, Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall
                        Saint-Saens, Samson and Delilah.  6:  7:30 p.m.  8:  2:30 p.m.