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


Lyric Opera of Chicago



Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions. The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return with opening night productions, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season.  This year, we present nine operas, including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s Cinderella/La Cenerentola, Lehár’s The Merry Widow with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson, Verdi’s Nabucco and more.  Of special note is the world premiere presentation of López’s Bel Canto, based on the novel by Ann Patchett, that debuted to outstanding critical and popular acclaim (and sold-out houses).  KUCO's Lane Whitesell hosts the Saturday afternoon opera presentations and offers his own selections of opera, choral and vocal music following each opera broadcast until 5pm.  Lyric Opera of Chicago performances run on Saturdays, May 14th through July 9th. 





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


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


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



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!

4/16/2016 - Roberto Devereux

4/16/2016 - Roberto Devereux
Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Queen Elizabeth I in the Network Broadcast Premiere of Roberto Devereux, the final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” Trilogy!

4/9/2016 - Simon Boccanegra

4/9/2016 - Simon Boccanegra
Plácido Domingo stars in Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine as part of the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series this week in KUCO!

4/2/2016 - Madama Butterfly

4/2/2016 - Madama Butterfly
Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast Series continues this week on KUCO!

3/26/2016 - Le Nozze di Figaro

3/26/2016 - Le Nozze di Figaro
Fabio Luisi Conducts Mozart’s Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast Series continues this week on KUCO!

3/12/2016 - Don Pasquale

3/12/2016 - Don Pasquale
The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast Series continues this week on KUCO as Ambrogio Maestri and Javier Camarena star in Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale!

3/5/2016 - Manon Lescaut

3/5/2016 - Manon Lescaut
Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star in a live broadcast of Puccini’s passionate love story Manon Lescaut, as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series continues at KUCO!

2/27/2016 - Lulu

2/27/2016 - Lulu
Join us Saturday at noon for a stunning production as part of the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on KUCO! Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale Lulu, portrayed brilliantly by soprano Marlis Petersen!

2/20/2016 - Maria Stuarda

2/20/2016 - Maria Stuarda
Sondra Radvanovsky continues her “Three Queens” season at the Met, singing the title role of Maria Stuarda, as the 2015-2015 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 20th on Classical KUCO!

2/13/2016 - Il Trovatore

2/13/2016 - Il Trovatore
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Il Trovatore! Catch the broadcast at noon on Saturday, February 13th on Classical KUCO!

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!