Saturday Matinee

Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday Matinee features The American Opera Series produced by the WFMT Radio Network and live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera when in season.

Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 2, 1013 at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the Houston Grand Opera production Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl In Algiers.

Daniela Barcellona sings the role of Isabella, with Lawrence Brownlee as Lindoro, Patrick Carfizzi as Mustafà, Daniel Belcher as Taddeo and Lauren Snouffer as Elvira.

Carlo Rizzi Conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.

Luisa Miller

Oct 24, 2013
Carolyn Mason Jones

Saturday Matinee presents A special archive broadcast of the 1974 San Francisco Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli.

Listen Saturday, October 26th at 1 p.m.

Pavarotti sings the role of Rodolfo with Ricciarelli as Luisa, Gwendolyn Jones as Laura, Louis Quilico as Miller, Dieter Weller as Wurm, Giorgio Tozzi as Count Walter, Hugette Tourangeau as Federica and Joseph Frank as A Peasant.

Jesus Lopez-Cabos conducts the San Francisco Opera Ochestra.

Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday, October 19th, at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

Sasha Cooke sings the role of Mary Magdalene, with Maria Kanyova as Miriam, William Burden as Peter and Nathan Gunn as Yeshua.

Michael Christie conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

The Tales Of Hoffman

Oct 10, 2013
Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Jacques Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.

Matthew Polenzani sings the roll of Hoffman, with Hye Jung Lee as Olympia, Natalie Dessay as Antonia, Irene Roberts as Giulietta, Jennifer Cherest as Stella, Alice Coote as Nicklausse, Christian Van Horn as Coppélius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle, Lindorf, and Steven Cole as Frantz, Andrès, Cochenille, Pittichinaccio.

Così fan tutte

Oct 2, 2013
Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Ellie Dehn is Fiordiligi, with Christel Lötzsch as Dorabella, Heidi Stober as Despina, Francesco Demuro as Ferrando, Philippe Sly as Guglielmo and Marco Vinco as Don Alfonso.

Nicol Luisotti conducts.

Lohengrin

Sep 26, 2013
Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin.

Brandon Jovanovich sings the role of Lohengrin, with Camilla Nylund as Elsa von Brabant, Petra Lang as Ortrud, Gerd Grochowski as Friedrich von Telramund, Kristinn Sigmundsson and Brian Mulligan as King's Herald.

Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Magic Flute

Sep 18, 2013
Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Magic Flute.

Heidi Stober sings the role of Pamina, with Alek Shrader as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen Of The Night and Kristin Sigmundsson as Sarastro.

Rory Macdonald conducts.

Moby Dick

Sep 12, 2013
Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Moby Dick, from composer Jake Heggie with a libretto by Gene Scheer.

Stephen Costello sings the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) with Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab, Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Jonathan Lemalu as Queequeg, Talise Trevigne as Pip, Matthew O'Neill as Flask and Robert Orth as Stubb.

Patrick Summers conducts.

Corey Weaver, San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Vincenzo Bellini's The Capulets And The Montagues.

Nicole Cabell is Giulietta, with Joyce DiDonato as Romeo, Saimir Pirgu as Tebaldo, Ao Li as Lorenzo and Eric Owens as Capellio.

Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Die Walküre

Aug 29, 2013
Corey Weaver, San Francisco Opera

Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the San Francisco Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.

Nina Stemme is Brünnhilde, with Mark Delavan as Wotan, Eva Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde, Christopher Ventris as Siegmund, Janina Baechle as Fricka and Raymond Aceto as Hundig.

Donald Runnicles Conducts.

Tosca

Aug 22, 2013
Photo: Robert Millard

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the LA Opera production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.

Sondra Radvanovsky sings the role of Floria Tosca, with Marco Berti as Mario Cavaradoss, Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia, Joshua Bloom as Cesare Angelotti, Philip Cokorinos as the Sacristan, Rodell Rosel as Spoletta and Eden McCoy as Shepherd Child.

Plácido Domingo conducts.

Cinderella

Aug 15, 2013
Photo: Robert Millard

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the LA Opera production of Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella.

Kate Lindsey sings Angelina/Cinderella. René Barbera is Prince Ramiro, with Vito Priante as Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, Nicola Ulivieri as Alidoro, Stacey Tappan as Clorinda and Ronnita Nicole Miller as Tisbe.

James Conlon conducts.

The Flying Dutchman

Aug 9, 2013
Photo: Robert Millard

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the LA Opera production of Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

Thomas Tomasson sings the role of The Dutchman. Elisabete Matos is Senta, with Cory Bix as Erik, James Creswell as Daland, Matthew Pienk as Steersman and Ronnita Nicole Miller as Mary.

James Conlon conducts.

Madame Butterfly

Aug 1, 2013
Photo: Robert Millard

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the LA Opera production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka sings the role of Cio-Cio. The Daily News of Los Angeles said of her performance "As a vocal tour-de-force, Dyka's Madame Butterfly is a triumph. Her phrasing is dulcet, her power impressive and her knife-edged high notes soar."

The Stigmatized

Jul 25, 2013
Photo: Robert Millard

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the LA Opera production of Franz Schreker's The Stigmatized.

Anja Kampe is Carlotta Nardi, with Robert Brubaker as Alviano Salvago, Martin Gantner as Count Tamare, James Johnson as Duke Adorno and Wolfgang Schöne as Lodovico Nardi.

James Conlon conducts.

Photo by Robert Millard Copyright 2012 Robert Millard www.MillardPhotos.com

Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday Matinee brings you the recent LA Opera production of Giusepe Verdi's I Due Foscari (The Two Foscari).

Placido Domingo sings the role of Francesco Foscari with Ben Bliss as Barbarigo, Ievegen Orlov as Jacopo Lorendano, Omar Crook as the Officer of Council of Ten, Francesco Meli as Jocopo Foscari, Marina Poplavskaya as Lucrezia Contarini and Tracy Cox as Pisana.

If you love Broadway musicals, then mark your calendar for Saturday, July 13th for VPR Classical’s 2013 American Musical Sampler. Join hosts Peter Fox Smith, Betty Smith and Tim Johnson for an afternoon of Broadway show music. You'll hear classic recordings, some little known gems, and songs from the newest hit musicals on Broadway.

Listen Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Sunday at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's recent production of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play.

Renée Fleming sings the role of Blance DuBois, created for her by André Previn. Susannah Philips is Stella Kowalski with Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley Kowalski and Anthony Dean Griffey as Harold "Mitch" Mitchell.

Evan Rogister conducts.

Rigoletto

Jun 27, 2013
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the recent Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.

Fresh from his performance in the recent Metropolitan Opera production of Rigoletto, and making his Lyric debut is Zelko Lucic in the title role. Albina Shagimuratova is Gilda with Giuseppe Filianoti as Duke, Andrea Silvestrelli as Sparafucile, Nicole Piccolomini as Maddalena and Todd Thomas as Monterone.

Evan Rogister conducts.

Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

James Morris sings the role of Hans Sachs. John Botha is Stolzing, with Amanda Majeski as Eva, Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, David Portillo as David, Jamie Barton as Magdalene, Dimitry Ivashchenko as Pogner and Darren Jeffery is Kothner.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

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