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.

The Elixir of Love

Feb 9, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Anna Netrebko as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”

Is it the elixir, a large inheritance or love that conquers the heart of the fickle Adina? Listen for this week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Donizetti's comedy, L'Elisir d'Amore, at 1pm.

Le Comte Ory

Feb 2, 2013
photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera. / Pretty Yende as Countess Adèle and Juan Diego Flórez as Count Ory in Rossini's "Le Comte Ory."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Rossini's comedy Le Comte Ory. Tenor Juan Diego Florez stars as the amorous Comte, scheming to seduce Adele.

La Rondine

Jan 26, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Giuseppe Filianoti as Ruggero and Kristine Opolais as Magda in Puccini's "La Rondine."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Puccini's La Rondine (The Swallow). Kristine Opolais sings Magda, who is predicted to go south, like the swallow, in search of romance and happiness.

Maria Stuarda

Jan 19, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Joyce DiDonato in the title role of the Met's first-ever production of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda"

The Metropolitan Opera stages Donizetti's Maria Stuarda for the first time. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in this dramatization of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Il Trovatore

Jan 12, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / New Hampshire's Patricia Racette (center) as Leonora in the Met's "Il Trovatore.'

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Verdi's Il Trovatore. Set in war-ravaged Spain, it tells of Leonora and her love for the troubadour, whose actual identity is known only to the gypsy woman who raised him.

LATE NOTE: New Hampshire's Patricia Racette was to have sung Leonora, but the Met informs us that she is ill. Leonora will be sung instead by Angela Meade.

Les Troyens

Jan 5, 2013
photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera / Jacqueline Antaramian as Andromache and Deborah Voigt as Cassandra in the Met's "Les Troyens."

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Les Troyens (The Trojans) by Hector Berlioz. In this brilliant epic, set in the time of the Trojan War, love struggles with duty. American tenor Bryan Hymel is making his Met debut as Aeneas. Susan Graham is Dido, and Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra.

Note the noon start this week.

The Tempest

Dec 29, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Simon Keenlyside as Prospero and Isabel Leonard as Miranda in "The Tempest" by Thomas Ades.

Today's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is The Tempest by Thomas Ades, adapted from the Shakespeare play. The composer conducts this performance from last fall.

The Barber of Seville

Dec 22, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Rodion Pogossov as Figaro in the Net's "Barber of Seville."

This Met production of Rossini's Barber of Seville is a comedy classic for the whole family. It's sung in English and abbreviated to 2 hours.

 

Verdi's Aida

Dec 15, 2012
photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera. / Liudmyla Monastyrska as the title character and Olga Borodina as Amneris in Verdi's "Aida."

The second opera of the Met's radio broadcast season is Verdi's Aida, set in ancient Egypt. The title character is an enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a romantic triangle with the heroic Radames and the Egyptian princess, Amneris.


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The Met Season Begins!

Dec 8, 2012
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season begins with a new production of Verdi's dramatic Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball). It's based loosely on actual events surrounding the assassination of Sweden's King Gustave III at a masked ball in 1792. The Met's new production updates the setting to the early 20th century.


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Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Dec 1, 2012
photo: Felix Sanchez/Courtesy, Houston Grand Opera / Katie van Kooten as Queen Elizabeth and Robert Gleadow as Talbot in the Houston Grand Opera production of Donizetti's Maria

Our final Saturday Matinee from the Houston Grand Opera is Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

Playlist

Maria Stuarda
Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers

Verdi's Don Carlos

Nov 24, 2012
photo: Felix Sanchez, Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Grand Opera presents Verdi's Don Carlos, sung in French.

Playlist

Don Carlos
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers

La traviata

Nov 17, 2012
Photo: Felix Sanchez, Courtesy, Houston Grand Opera / Albina Shagimuratova as Violetta Valéry in the Houston Grand Opera production of "La traviata"

If ever there were a staple of the operatic repertory worthy of its prominent position, it is Verdi's La traviata, which we hear in a production by the Houston Grand Opera.


Playlist

La traviata: Act I
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Patrick Summers
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

Fidelio

Nov 3, 2012
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera / Simon O'Neill as Florestan in the Houston Grand Opera production of Beethoven's "Fidelio"

The Houston Grand Opera's production of Beethoven's Fidelio features Karita Mattila as Leonore and Simon O'Neill as Florestan.


Playlist

Fidelio: Act I
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Michael Hofstetter
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

The Barber of Seville

Oct 27, 2012
Felix Sanchez / A scene from the Houston Grand Opera's production of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia"

The Houston Grand Opera kicks off its 2012 broadcast season with Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nathan Gunn as Figaro.


Playlist

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act I
Composer Gioachino Rossini
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor Leonardo Vordoni
Record Label Houston Grand Opera

Attila

Oct 20, 2012
Photo: Cory Weaver, Courtesy San Francisco Opera / Lucrecia Garcia (Odabella) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Attila) in the San Francisco Opera production of Verdi's Attila.

The San Francisco Opera concludes its broadcast season with Verdi's long-neglected opera Attila, with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role.

Listen Saturday at 1:00p.m.


Playlist

Attila: Act I
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Record Label San Francisco Opera

Nixon in China

Oct 13, 2012
Photo: Cory Weaver, Courtesy San Francisco Opera / Chen-Ye Yuan (Chou En-lai), Maria Kanyova (Pat Nixon), and Brian Mulligan (Richard Nixon) in, "Nixon in China," by the San

The San Francisco Opera presents Nixon in China by John Adams, recorded in June at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

Playlist

Nixon in China: Act I
Composer John Adams
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Lawrence Renes
Record Label San Francisco Opera

The Marriage of Figaro

Oct 6, 2012
AP / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We hear the San Francisco Opera performance of Mozart's sparkling, tuneful masterpiece Le nozze di Figaro.

Playlist

Le nozze di Figaro: Acts I & II
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Record Label San Francisco Opera

Carmen

Sep 20, 2012
Photo/Courtesy San Francisco Opera

The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet's Carmen, possibly the most popular opera in the entire repertory.

Heart of a Soldier

Sep 20, 2012
Photo/Courtesy San Francisco Opera

Heart of a Soldier by Christopher Theofanidis was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera in commemoration of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and is heard in its world premiere performance, recorded in September 2011.

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