For the 7th consecutive year, LA Opera and Classical KUSC have joined forces for LA Opera on Air, a weekly broadcast series of LA Opera performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Beginning with Bizet’s Carmen at 10am on Saturday, May 17, 2014, the weekly series will be hosted by KUSC’s Duff Murphy and features six operas from our 2013/14 season. Listen locally on Classical KUSC 91.5FM or internationally at www.KUSC.org.
LA Opera on Air is made possible by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
LA OPERA ON AIR WEEKLY BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Carmen (Georges Bizet) | May 17, 10am
No man can resist Carmen’s charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! Mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon stars as the alluring Carmen, with tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Don José, the naïve soldier caught in her trap. Bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is Escamillo and soprano Pretty Yende is Micaëla. A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Conducted by Plácido Domingo and sung in French. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.
Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi) | May 24, 10am
Italian baritone Robert Frontali heads a top-notch cast in this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. The cast also includes soprano Carmen Giannattasio and baritone Marco Caria. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in Italian. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.
The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) | May 31, 10am
A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. The world-class cast is led by tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, fast-rising soprano Janai Brugger as Pamina, and the dazzling Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in German. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.
Billy Budd (Benjamin Britten) | June 7, 10am
Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as librettist E.M. Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere. Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner is Billy, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley is the evil John Claggart. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in English. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.
Lucia di Lammermoor (Gaetano Donizetti) | June 14, 10am
Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. The extraordinary coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova shines in this tour-de-force of bel canto opera at its most powerful and dramatic, with tenor Saimir Pirgu as her secret lover Edgardo. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in Italian. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.
Thaïs (Jules Massenet) | June 21, 10am
Thaïs, the most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, holds the entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. One of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, soprano Nino Machaidze returns as Thaïs, with Plácido Domingo as her would-be savior. Conducted by Patrick Fournillier and sung in French. For artist bios, synopsis and more information, click here.