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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Join us at noon, Saturday, March 23 for a 1977 archive broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” the dark, magnificent opera starring the legendary Leontyne Price (pictured) as Leonora who is desperately in love with Alvara (Placido Domingo) even as fate wrenches them apart. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16th for the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Riccardo Zandonai’s rarely performed opera, “Francesca Da Rimini,” starring soprano Eva-Maria Westbrook as the title heroine and Marcello Giordani, Robert Brubaker, and Mark Delavan. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins early this weekend so tune in at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 for Nicholas Hytner’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic vision of the Spanish Inquisition, “Don Carlos.” The broadcast features a strong cast including Ramon Vargas (pictured) in the title role joined by Barbara Frittoli, Anna Smirnovo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and others.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins a little earlier at 11 a.m. this Saturday, March 2. Join us for a new production of Richard Wagner’s final masterpiece, “Parsifal,” starring a dream cast: baritone Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal (pictured), Peter Mattei as Amfortas, and soprano Katarina Dalayman as Kundry.


Tune in at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23 for the Metropolitan Opera hit production and broadcast of Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring Anita Rachvelishvili as the sultry gypsy and Nikolai Schukoff performing the role of Don Jose, the soldier who’s doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

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