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 for the encore broadcast of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2013-2014 season. This week’s season opener is Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello,” Shakespeare’s drama of a heroic Moorish general driven to jealousy and the murder of his wife. South African tenor Johan Botha portrays the conflicted Moor opposite soprano Ana Maria Martinez. Lane Whitesell is your host.


Three peerless Rossini virtuosos star in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and tenors Juan Diego Flórez and Javier Camarena, who share the role of her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score. The Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins at noon. Lane Whitesell is your host


An exciting newcomer joins three acclaimed bel canto stars in Vincenzo Bellini’s final opera, “I Puritani,” --a vocal showcase that features one of opera’s greatest mad scenes. Soprano Olga Peretyatko makes her highly anticipated Met debut as Elvira, the young woman driven to madness, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Michele Pertusi. Hear the Metropolitan Opera broadcast starting at noon. Lane Whitesell is your host.


Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love, “Cosi fan tutte.” The cast is filled with youthful Metropolitan Opera stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. Join us this Saturday at noon. Lane Whitesell is your host.


The Metropolitan Opera begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 19, presenting “Arabella.” Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romance that explores the fleeting charms of youth, opposite Michael Volle and Juliane Banse. Philippe Auguin conducts. Lane Whitesell is your host.

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