KUCO presents:   Los Angeles Opera

In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of The Eli and Edythe Broad's General Director Plácido Domingo, the  fourth largest opera company in the United States.  Mark Swed from the Los Angeles Times declares that the LA Opera "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera."

Conductor and Music Director James Conlon has developed a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire and has established enduring relationships with the world's most prestigious symphony orchestras and opera houses. Through worldwide touring to North and South America, Asia, and Europe, an extensive discography, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, he has become one of today's most recognized conductors.


Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell

Opera Links

     Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

     Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.org

     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

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The Lyric Opera of Chicago lights up the first of June with the noon broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti’s wickedly, sardonic comedy “Don Pasquale,” starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Don Pasquele joined by soprano Marlis Petersen, baritone Corey Crider, and tenor Rene Barbera. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Tune in at noon to 90.1 FM this Saturday, May 25 for an encore presentation of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s broadcast of Jules Massenet’s “Werther,” starring tenor superstar Matthew Polenzani (pictured) as the poet, Werther, and soprano Sophie Koch as Charlotte—the haunting story of missed connections and shattered illusions. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Join us at noon this Saturday, May 18 for the Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast, Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” starring the world-renowned Thomas Hampson (pictured) as Simon, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Fiesco, Krassimira Stoyanova as Amelia, and Frank Lopardo, as Adomo. Set in 14th century Genoa, the opera centers on the noble, passionate, desperately conflicted Boccanegra, Doge of Genoa and his violent conflict with his enemy, the nobleman Fiesco (and a reconciliation that will break your heart).


The Metropolitan Opera starts early this Saturday, May 11! Tune in at 10 a.m. to hear Robert Lepage’s landmark production of Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung.” The “Ring’s” cataclysmic finale stars Deborah Voigt (pictured) as Brunnhilde opposite Lars Cleveman as Siegfried. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Tune in at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 for one of the Metropolitan Opera’s greatest productions, Francis Poulenc’s masterpiece “Dialogues des Carmelites,” a rare return to the repertory with a fine cast led by Patricia Racette, Felicity Palmer, and Isabel Leonard. Louis Langree conducts this dramatic work with one of the most haunting final moments in opera. KCSC's Lane Whitesell hosts.

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