The WFMT Radio Network
American Opera Series
The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, and Opera Southwest. Highlights of this season's series will include a celebration of the Fourth of July with Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Porgy and Bess, The Figaro Trilogy from LA Opera, the world premier of Marco Tutino's Two Women, and Opera Southwest's American premier of Franco Faccio's Amleto.
A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in the City's Civic Auditorium (La Bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, conducted by Merola). Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season now contains approximately 75 performances of ten operas between September and July.
Coming back to KUCO December 5th, 2015!
The Metropolitan Opera
From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world's leading opera companies. Today, the Met's preeminent position rests on the elements that established its reputation: high quality performances with many of the world's most renowned artists, a superior company of choral and orchestral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public.
Each season, the Met stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York City. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Met on television, on tours, and through cinemacasts, radio, and recordings.
Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 85th season begins on December 5th, 2015, with La Bohème. Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, perhaps his most beloved staging of all. Maria Agresta, Ramón Vargas, and Bryan Hymel are among the artists appearing as the young Parisian lovers in the bohemian setting that brings the Latin Quarter to life on the stage of the Met. Paolo Carignani and Dan Ettinger conduct. Mary Jo Heath, who was a senior producer of the radio broadcasts for nine seasons, will succeed Margaret Juntwait, who died in June after holding the post for more than a decade, joining co-commentator Ira Siff. Many opera fans will already be familiar with Ms. Heath’s voice: she announced most of last season’s broadcasts after Ms. Juntwait’s illness kept her from the broadcast booth. Following each opera broadcast, programming will continue to be recorded and hosted by opera host Lane Whitesell.
If you are interested in underwriting an upcoming opera, click here to see what is available and contact Lane Whitesell.