The American Opera Radio Series

This series of operas comes from WFMT, home of the Chicago Lyric Opera, and always begins with their past season.  Here are they operas they are going to present this summer.  If you want to underwrite one, please email to [email protected] or make your pledge to support opera on the pledge site here. Opera sponsorships will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts for Spring-Summer 2017

 May 20, Wagner:  Das Rheingold.  Underwritten

May 27, Donizetti:  Lucia di Lammermoor.   Underwritten

June 3, Berlioz:  Les Troyens.  Underwritten

June 10, Massenet:  Don Quichotte.  Underwritten

June 17, Mozart:  The Magic Flute.  Underwritten

June 24, Bellini:  Norma.  Underwritten

July 1, Bizet, Carmen.  Underwritten

July 8, Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin.  Underwritten

July 15, Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  Underwritten

At this time the broadcast schedule from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other companies has NOT been released.  These will be added as soon as possible.

Los Angeles Opera has done these performances this season, and most will probably be in the broadcast schedule:

Verdi:  MacBeth.  Underwritten

Mozart:  Abduction from the Seraglio.  Underwritten

Offenbach:  Tales of Hofmann.  Underwritten

Strauss:  Salome.  Underwritten

Philip Glass:  Akhnaten.

Puccini:  Tosca.  Underwritten

Similarly from the San Francisco Opera this year:

Giordano:  Andrea Chenier.  Underwritten

Bright Sheng:  Dream of the Red Chamber.

Donizetti:  Don Pasquale.  Underwritten

Janacek:  The Makropulos Case.

Verdi:  Aida and Rigoletto.  Both underwritten

Puccini:  Madame Butterfly and La Boheme.  Both underwritten

Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  Underwritten


  The Metropolitan Opera

Radio Broadcasts


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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

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

4/15    G. Verdi:  Aida.     Underwritten

4/22     P. Tchiakovsky:  Evgeny Onegin.     Underwritten

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

Regal Cinemas Spotlight 14, Norman

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


Wagner. Tristan und Isolde. April 8

Wagner.  Tristan und Isolde.  April 8
Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton are the star-crossed lovers. This was recorded last fall for airing in April.

Beethoven: Fidelio. April 1

Beethoven:  Fidelio.  April 1
Leonore disguises herself as a young man to try to save her husband from a jealous official who has had him thrown in prison. Adrienne Pieczonka is Fidelio and Klaus Florian Voigt is Florestan.

Mozart: Idomeneo

Matthew Polenzani and Nadine Sierra as Idomeneo and Ilia headline this cast for the concurrent radio/movie theater production.

Bizet: Carmen. February 11

Bizet:  Carmen.  February 11
The timeless story of the gypsy Carmen and the possessive Don Jose who must possess her completely rather than accept her free spirit.

Verdi: Rigoletto. February 4

Verdi:  Rigoletto.  February 4
Željko Lučić reprises Rigoletto from two years ago with Stephen Costello and Olga Peretyatko as the Duke of Mantua and Gilda.

Rossini: The Barber of Seville. January 28

Rossini:  The Barber of Seville.  January 28
Figaro, the barber, helps Count Almaviva win Rosina's love and hand.

Charles Gounod: Romeo et Juliette. January 21

Charles Gounod:  Romeo et Juliette.  January 21
Shakespeare's tale of ill-fated lovers is on the radio and at your local movie theaters in HD.

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme. 14 January 2017

Giacomo Puccini:  La Boheme.  14 January 2017
Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Perez will be the featured young lovers for the January 14 radio broadcast.

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco. 7 January 2017

Giuseppe Verdi:  Nabucco.  7 January 2017
Placido Domingo stars as the biblical king who is struck mad by the God of the Hebrews while in the Temple of Baal. Verdi's most famous chorus, Va Pensiero, is also featured.

Richard Strauss: Salome. December 17

Richard Strauss:  Salome.  December 17
Patricia Racette has recently triumphed in the title role internationally.

G. Rossini: L'Italiana in Algieri, December 31

G. Rossini:  L'Italiana in Algieri, December 31
An Italian girl is captured by the Barbary pirates and hilarity ensues.

W. A. Mozart: The Magic Flute, December 24

W. A. Mozart:  The Magic Flute, December 24
The Julie Taymor production returns with Janai Brugger and Ben Bliss as Tamino and Pamina. Christopher Maltman is Papageno.

Kaija Saariaho, L'Amour de Loin. December 10

Kaija Saariaho, L'Amour de Loin.  December 10
Eric Owens is the 13th-century troubador and Susanna Philips his Love from Afar (in Tripoli) with Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who travels back and forth with their messages to each other in the first Met in HD and radio performance.


Painted Sky opera triumphed in their first foray into traditional operatic repertory last night at the Freede Little Theater, Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.