The 2016 American Opera Series is here via The WFMT Radio Network. 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 FestivalOpera Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Symphony presenting a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio




San Francisco Opera



The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue the American Opera Series with eleven productions from San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 season!

San Francisco has had a love affair with opera for more than 150 years. In fact, citizens during the Gold Rush were mad for it. Between 1851 and the earthquake of 1906, nearly 5,000 opera performances were given in San Francisco in 26 different theaters. San Francisco Opera, one of the world’s leading opera companies for more than 90 years, is synonymous with entrepreneurship, innovation and community involvement. 





Lyric Opera of Chicago 

May 14 Marriage of Figaro / Mozart 

May 21 Bel Canto / J. López 

May 28 Cinderella / Rossini         Underwritten 

June 4 Wozzeck / Berg 

June 11 Merry Widow / Lehár 

June 18 Nabucco / Verdi 

June 25 Der Rosenkavalier / Strauss 

July 2 Romeo & Juliet / Gounod 

July 9 Rusalka / Dvořák


LA Opera 

July 16 Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci / Puccini/Leoncavallo 

July 23 Norma / Bellini 

July 30 The Two Foscari / Verdi 

August 6 Moby-Dick / J. Heggie 

August 13 Falstaff / Verdi


San Francisco Opera

August 20 Luisa Miller / Verdi

August 27 Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti

September 3 Die Meistersinger / Wagner

September 10 Magic Flute / Mozart

September 17 Barber of Seville / Rossini

September 24 Fall of the House of Usher / Debussy, Getty, et al. (reconstruction)

October 1 Dialogues of the Carmelites / Poulenc

October 8 Carmen / Bizet

October 15 Don Carlos / Verdi

October 22 Jenůfa / Janáček


Additional Operas

October 29 TBA – More Information Coming Soon!

November 5 TBA  

November 12 TBA  

November 19 TBA  

November 26 TBA



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


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Metropolitan Opera Summer

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Opera companies within driving distance!

Opera within Driving Distance Summer 2016

Aspen Music Festival (selected events) (aspenmusicfestival.com)
                Intimate Artist Dinner with Rene Fleming, July 5
                Opera Scenes Master Classes, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
                Puccini:  La Boheme.  July 14, 16, 18
                Shakespeare Songs:  Of Love and Madness.  July 20
                William Bolcom:  A Wedding.  July 28, 30
                Voice Studio Class.  July 10, 17, 24, 31


Central City Opera (centralcityopera.org)
                Moore:  Ballad of Baby Doe.  July 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6
                Puccini:  Tosca.  July 16, 22, 24, 26, 30, August 3, 5, 7
                Mozart:  Impresario.  July 27, August 3, and July 28 in Boulder (2 performances)
                Musto:  Later the Same Evening.  July 28, Colorado Springs; July 30, Denver Art Museum,
                                and Central City, August 5

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point
                Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  June 17, 22, 25, 29, July 7, 13
                Britten:  Albert Herring.  June 18, 23, 30, July 5, 9, 14
                Puccini:  Il Tabarro / Leoncavallo:  I Pagliacci (Double Bill).  June 21, 24, 28, July 1, 6, 8, 15
                Opera Sampler.  July 2
                Opera Scenes.  July 12


Santa Fe Opera (santafeopera.org)
                Puccini:  Fanciulla de West.  July 1, 6,  9, 15, August 2, 8, 13, 17, 23, 27
                Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  July 2, 8, 13, 22, August 1, 10, 15, 20, 26
                Gounod:  Romeo et Juliette.  July 16, 20, 29, August 4, 9, 16, 25
                R. Strauss:   Capriccio.  July 23, 27, August 5, 11, 19
                Barber:  Vanessa.  July 30, August 3, 12, 18, 24
                Apprentice Showcase.  August 14, 21 
                Summer Gala with Joyce di Donato.  August 6, Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe


Tulsa Youth Opera (tulsaopera.com)  
               The Hobbit, by Dean Burry.  Williams Theater, Tulsa PAC
                June 18, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and June 19, 2:30 p.m.


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


10/01/2016 - Dialogues des Carmélites

10/01/2016 - Dialogues des Carmélites
This week San Francisco Opera offers the magnificent 1982 archival recording of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, featuring Leontyne Price and Régine Crespin as the American Opera Radio Series continues. Tune in Saturday at noon!

09/24/2016 - Usher House/La Chute de la Maison Usher

09/24/2016 - Usher House/La Chute de la Maison Usher
This week, San Francisco Opera presents a national premiere based on Edgar Allen Poe's famous 1839 short story, The Fall of the House of Usher told twice, in a double-bill of two one-act operas, Gordon Getty's Usher House and Claude Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher!

09/17/2016 - The Barber of Seville

09/17/2016 - The Barber of Seville
As the American Opera Radio Series continues this season, San Francisco Opera presents Spanish director Emilio Sagi's buoyant and delightfully funny staging of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Join Classical KUCO on Saturday at noon!

09/10/2016 - The Magic Flute

09/10/2016 - The Magic Flute
This week we hear Mozart's final opera The Magic Flute presented by the San Francisco Opera in a multimedia production sung in English and designed by acclaimed visual artist Jun Kaneko as the 2016 American Opera Radio Series continues!

09/03/2016 - Die Meistersinger

09/03/2016 - Die Meistersinger
This week acclaimed Wagnerian Mark Elder conducts a stellar cast in Wagner's Die Meistersinger headed by noted British baritone James Rutherford as Hans Sachs. Tune in at noon!

08/27/2016 - Lucia di Lammermoor

08/27/2016 - Lucia di Lammermoor
The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue its American Opera Series with ten productions from San Francisco’s 2015-16 season.This week we present Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.

08/20/2016 - Luisa Miller

08/20/2016 - Luisa Miller
The American Opera Radio Series travels to San Francisco to offer a series of productions from the 2015-2016 season, this week presenting Verdi's tragedy Luisa Miller. Tune in Saturday at noon!

08/13/2016 - Falstaff

08/13/2016 - Falstaff
The American Opera Radio Series continues this week with the final production from LA Opera, Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff! Tune in Saturday at noon hear at Classical KUCO!

08/06/2016 - Moby Dick

08/06/2016 - Moby Dick
Epic in every sense of the word, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Moby-Dick comes to Los Angeles after a series of sold out triumphs around the world. Returning as Captain Ahab is the sensational Jay Hunter Morris. Tune in Saturday at noon on Classical KUCO!

07/30/2016 - I Due Foscari

07/30/2016 - I Due Foscari
Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in the Verdi masterpiece, I Due Foscari from LA Opera as the American Opera Radio Series continues. Tune in Saturday at noon on Classical KUCO!

07/23/2016 - Norma

07/23/2016 - Norma
The American Opera Radio Series continues this week with Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece "Norma" starring Angela Meade in the title role from LA Opera!

07/16/2016 - Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci

07/16/2016 - Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci
The American Opera Radio Series continues this summer with the LA Opera who opened their 2015-16 season with Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci. Tune in Saturday at noon!

07/09/2016 - Rusalka

07/09/2016 - Rusalka
The American Opera Radio Series continues with the final broadcast from Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Dvořák's Rusalka with Ana María Martínez in the title role.

07/08/16 - Santa Fe Opera Reviews

07/08/16 - Santa Fe Opera Reviews
Last weekend marked the opening of the Santa Fe Opera. Opera host Lane Whitesell attended and offers reviews of two impressive productions!

07/02/2016 - Romeo and Juliet

07/02/2016 - Romeo and Juliet
The world's most celebrated love story finds new dimension in Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" as the American Opera Radio Series broadcasts continues with opening night productions from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tune in Saturday at noon!

06/25/2016 - Der Rosenkavalier

06/25/2016 - Der Rosenkavalier
This week, as the American Opera Radio series continues, Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Tune in Saturday at noon on Classical KUCO!

06/18/2016 - Nabucco

06/18/2016 - Nabucco
Matthew Ozawa makes his Lyric Opera of Chicago directorial debut with Verdi's Nabucco starring baritone Željko Lučić in the title role! Carlo Rizzi conducts. Tune in Saturday at noon!

06/11/2016 - The Merry Widow

06/11/2016 - The Merry Widow
The Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts continue with opening night productions, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season, this week presenting Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow.”

06/04/2016 - Wozzeck

06/04/2016 - Wozzeck
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the powerfully dramatic Wozzeck by Alban Berg, the company's first production of the ground-breaking opera in 22 years.

05/28/2016 - Cinderella

05/28/2016 - Cinderella
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Rossini's take on the fairy-tale classic "Cinderella," starring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and tenor Lawrence Brownlee, Saturday, May 28th at noon on Classical KUCO!

05/21/2016 - Bel Canto

05/21/2016 - Bel Canto
The Lyric Opera of Chicago offers the world premier production of "Bel Canto" with music by Jimmy López. Tune in at noon on Classical KUCO!

5/14/16 - The Marriage of Figaro

5/14/16 - The Marriage of Figaro
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return with The Marriage of Figaro on Classical KUCO!

4/23/16 - Otello

4/23/16 - Otello
The Met broadcasts Verdi’s Masterpiece Otello, with Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role. Adam Fischer conducts the performance which also stars Hibla Gerzmava as Desdemona and Željko Lučić as Iago, Saturday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. on KUCO!