Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Wagner: Lohengrin. July 28

Wagner: Lohengrin. July 28
The WFMT Radio Network completes its Opera Series of productions from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union's 2017-18 season this week with Lohengrin by Richard Wagner from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera. July 21

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera. July 21
From the BBC and Broadcasting Union's 2017-2018 season of opera performances, Opera North presents Verdi's poignant Un ballo un maschera from Leeds Grand Theatre starring Dean Robinson as Count Ribbing, Stephen Richardson as Count Horn and Tereza Gevorgyan as Oscar. Richard Farnes conducts!

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin. July 14

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin.  July 14
Scottish Opera offers Tchaikovsky's great Russian romantic starring Samuel Dale Johnson as Onegin, Natalya Romaniw as Tatyana and Peter Auty as Lensky. Stuart Stratford conducts as the WFMT network's WFMT Radio Opera Series continues with operas from the BBC and European Broadcasting Union's 2017-2018 season!

Monteverdi: The Return of Ulysses. July 7

Monteverdi:  The Return of Ulysses.  July 7
This production was from The Roundhouse, a smaller venue used by the Royal Opera for chamber and baroque operas. It featured Australian mezzo Caitlin Hulcup as Penelope and Roderick Williams as Ulysses.

Puccini: Turandot. June 9

Puccini:  Turandot.  June 9
Turandot has her suitors killed in revenge for the death of Princess Liu-Ling many years ago unless one can answer her riddles. In a production reminiscent of one which was used in Dallas 40 years ago, Turandot appears from inside a giant pearl held in the claws of a dragon. Amber Wagner is the ice Princess.

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers. June 2

Bizet:  The Pearl Fishers.  June 2
Bizet's little gem has had a resurgence of popularity the past few years. I've seen productions in Santa Fe, Dallas, the Met (on HD) and now Chicago presents it. Matthew Polenzani and Marius Kwiecen have the big duet, and Marina Rebeka is the chaste priestess who has fallen in love.

Verdi: Rigoletto. May 19

Verdi:  Rigoletto.  May 19
Matthew Polenzani is the Duke of Mantua with Rosa Feola as Gilda and Quinn Kelsey as the jester Rigoletto.



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