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


Glimmerglass Festival

October 29 Sweeney Todd / Sondheim

November 5 The Thieving Magpie / Rossini

November 12 The Crucible / Robert Ward


Opera Philadelphia  

November 19 Charlie Parker's Yardbird / Schnyder 


San Francisco Symphony 

November 26 Fidelio / Beethoven



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, here is the radio broadcast list for 2016-2017.  Feel free to email Lane Whitesell,  your opera host, at [email protected], for more information.


12/3    G. Puccini:  Manon Lescaut, 11:30.    Underwritten

12/10   K. Saariaho:  L'Amour de Loin.   Underwritten

12/17   R. Strauss:  Salome.

12/24   E. Humperdinck:  Hansel and Gretel, from 1/1/2008

12/31   G. Rossini:  L'Italiana in Algeri.

1/7      G. Verdi:  Nabucco.

1/14    G. Puccini:  La Boheme.    Underwritten

1/21    C. Gounod:  Romeo et Juliette.

1/28    G. Rossini:  Il Barbiere di Seviglia.    Underwritten

2/4      G. Verdi:  Rigoletto.

2/11    G. Bizet:  Carmen.

2/18    V. Bellini:  I Puritani.

2/25    A. Dvorak:  Rusalka.

3/4      J. Massenet:  Werther.

3/11    G. Verdi:  La Traviata.

3/18    G. Rossini:  Guillaume Tell (from fall 2016)  Underwritten

3/25    W. Mozart:  Idomeneo.

4/1      L. v. Beethoven:  Fidelio.

4/8      R. Wagner:  Tristan und Isolde.  Underwritten 

4/15    G. Verdi:  Aida.

4/22     P. Tchiakovsky:  Evgeny Onegin.

4/29     R. Wagner:  Der Fliegende Hollander.    Underwritten

5/6      F. Alfano:  Cyrano de Bergerac.

5/13     R. Strauss:  Der Rosenkavalier.    Underwritten


Metropolitan Opera Live in HD


AMC 24, Quail Springs Mall

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October 22  Don Giovanni

December 10  L'Amour de Loin

January 7  Nabucco

January 21  Romeo et Juliette

February 25  Rusalka

March 11  La Traviata

March 25  Idomeneo

April 22  Eugene Onegin

May 13  Der Rosenkavalier



Opera companies within driving distance!

 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


10/29/2016 -- Sweeney Todd

10/29/2016 -- Sweeney Todd
The summer 2016 production of Sweeney Todd from the Glimmerglass Festival starred Greer Grimsley as the butcherous barber.

10/22/2016 - Jenůfa

10/22/2016 - Jenůfa
Leos Janáček's Jenůfa stars Malin Byström in the title role with Karita Mattila in an acclaimed performance of her stepmother, Kostelnička. This is the final production from the San Francisco Opera for this season, Saturday at noon.

10/15/2016 - Don Carlo

10/15/2016 - Don Carlo
Join Classical KUCO on Saturday at noon to enjoy Giuseppe Verdi's late and dramatic masterpiece opera Don Carlo with a star-studded cast!

10/08/2016 - Carmen

10/08/2016 - Carmen
The American Opera Radio Series continues this week with the San Francisco Opera and Georges Bizet's Carmen! Join Classical KUCO Saturday at noon!

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!