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







The Metropolitan Opera

Radio Broadcasts


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.

Metropolitan Opera House

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. 

Met Opera Radio

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 84th season begins on December 6, 2014, with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll-Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 9, 2015. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series's  host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell


Opera Links

Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.or

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


Opera in HD

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The WFMT American Opera Series continues its presentations of productions from Lyric Opera of Chicago this week with Strauss' Cappriccio.


The first opera in this season's WFMT American Opera Series is Lyric Opera of Chicago's stunning production of Mozart's classic Don Giovanni.


Stravinsky's landmark opera The Rake's Progress is a "spring must-see" (New York Times) with Music Director James Levine conducting a cast of rising stars and Met veterans, including Paul Appleby, Layla Claire, Stephanie Blythe, and Gerald Finley.


In the Met's production of Verdi's masterpiece Un Ballo in Maschera, James Levine draws "pulsing, weighty, and boldly characterized playing from the Met orchestra... [The] strong cast [is] headed by the rich-voiced tenor Piotr Beczala as Gustavo and the affecting soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia." (New York Times)


The Met's new production of the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci "provides a splendid, subtle contemporary view of the two verismo chestnuts." (Wall Street Journal) Marcelo Álvarez "delivers the most impassioned and and commanding singing" (New York Times), opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek and Patricia Racette.

Local Opera Review - The Coronation of Poppea

OCU's production of The Coronation of Poppea, March 6 - 8, 2015.

Local Opera Review - Little Women

UCO's production of Mark Adamo's Little Women, March 5 - 8, 2015

Opera Within Driving Distance, Spring 2015

Austin Lyric Opera

Mozart, Don Giovanni: April 25 and 30, May 3


Dallas Opera

Puccini, La Boheme: March 13,15, 18, 21, 27, 29

Donizetti, Elixir of Love (Fifty-minute family version): March 22

Tchaikovsky, Iolanta: April 10, 12, 15, 18

Davies, The Billy Goats Gruff: April 11


Fort Worth Opera Festival

Verdi, La Traviata: April 25, May 3, 9

David T. Little, Dog Days: April 24, 26, 28, 29, May 1, 2

Thomas, Hamlet: May 2, 10


Houston Grand Opera

Wagner, Die Walküre: April 18, 22, 25, 30, May 1

Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: April 24, 26, 29, May 2, 8, 9

Martinez/Foglia, El Pasado Nunca Se Terminar: May 13, 16, 17


Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Puccini, Tosca: April 18, 22, 24, 26


Oklahoma City University

Lerner and Loewe, Brigadoon: April 24, 25, 26


Tulsa Opera

Carlisle Floyd, Of Mice and Men: April 10, 12


Wichita Grand Opera

Puccini, Turandot: August 28, 30

Verdi, Don Carlo, September 25, 27

Offenbach, Grand Duchess of Gerolstein: October 10, 16, 18