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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Puccini’s fast-moving operatic thriller “Tosca,” is on the Metropolitan Opera broadcast schedule for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, December 28. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and tenor Marcello Giordani take on the title role of the jealous diva and the rebellious artist she loves while baritone George Gagnidze plays the evil Scarpia in this timeless verismo score. Lane Whitesell hosts.


Tune in at noon Saturday, December 21 for the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as the Met celebrates the Britten centennial with Shakespeare’s magical romance. James Conlon conducts the brilliantly original score, sung by a gifted ensemble which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberon. Lane Whitesell hosts.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcast this Saturday, December 14th is Verdi’s “Falstaff,” scheduled at noon. An undisputed master of Verdi's final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen's acclaimed production, the first new Met “Falstaff” since 1964. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble cast. Lane Whitesell hosts.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcast returns this Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece “Rigoletto,” for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas—the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012–13 season. Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing Duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, both in their Met debuts, sing Gilda. Hosted by Lane Whitesell.


Join us for the final Houston Grand Opera broadcast of the year featuring Richard Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde,” at noon, Saturday, November 30. Soprano Nina Stemme (pictured) and tenor Ben Heppner star in the title roles. Wagner’s opera speaks to timeless themes: the inevitability of fate, omnipresent death, and salvation through transcendent love. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

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