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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Special note this week: the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner’s “Siegfried,” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Tune in to part 3 of the Ring, as Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests. Tenor Jay Hunter Morris (pictured) sings the title role and soprano Deborah Voight’s Brunnhilde is his prize. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


This week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Giuseppe Verdi’s romantic tragedy “La Traviata,” at noon Saturday, April 14. Soprano Natalie Dessay (pictured) will put on the red dress as Violetta. Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performs as Germont and tenor Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo.


This Saturday’s 11 a.m. Metropolitan Opera broadcast, hosted by Lane Whitesell, features Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (pictured), Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, and Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcast scheduled during the KCSC fund drive is Gaetano Donizetti’s melodic classic, “L’Elisir d’Amore,” starring soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego as the unlikely lovers. Hosts Lane Whitesell and Kimberly Powell will greet you Saturday, March 31st at noon for this fundraiser special.


Tune in to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth,” this Saturday, March 24 at noon, this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. As the doomed couple, baritone Thomas Hampson and soprano Nadja Michael (pictured) deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi’s most challenging roles.

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