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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This week’s broadcast from San Francisco Opera comes from the archived 1974 production of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” starring tenor Luciano Pavarotti and soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Rodolfo and Luisa, respectively. This was Pavarotti's debut performance in the role. Lane Whitesell hosts at noon.


This week’s San Francisco Opera broadcast is “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” a world premiere by composer Mark Adamo. The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, Mary Magdalene; baritone Nathan Gunn, Yeshva; tenor William Burden, Peter; and soprano Maria Kanyova, Miriam. Lane Whitesell hosts at noon.


A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in the melodic masterpiece, “The Tales of Hoffman,” presented by the San Francisco Opera this Saturday on KCSC’s noon broadcast. The cast includes tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role and soprano Natalie Dessay as Antonia, mezzo-soprano Angela Brower as Nicklausse and The Muse, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the villain. Music by Jacques Offenbach.


Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity in the Mozart masterpiece “Cosi fan tutte,” performed by the San Francisco Opera and aired on KCSC at noon, Saturday, October 5. Set in 1915 Monte Carlo, “Cosi fan tutte” stars sopranos Ellie Dehn (left in photo) and Susannah Biller, tenor Francesco Demuro, and mezzo-soprano Christel Lotzsch (right in photo).


The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. Join us this Saturday, September 28th at noon for the San Francisco Opera broadcast of “Lohengrin,” hosted by Lane Whitesell. Brandon Jovanovich, a first-rate Wagner tenor plays the title role opposite soprano Camilla Nyland.

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