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LA Opera On Air Begins July 7 on WFMT

LA Opera is collaborating with Classical KUSC to produce the sixth consecutive season of LA Opera on Air, a weekly broadcast series of performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Hosted by Duff Murphy, the series will feature all six operas from LA Opera’s 2011/12 season.

The series will syndicated throughout the United States and internationally on the WFMT Radio Network. Broadcast dates and times on the WFMT Radio Network vary in differing media markets; please visit WFMT for more information.

Broadcast Schedule
Eugene Onegin
WFMT: Saturday, July 7, 12pm CDT
Young and impassioned, Tatiana (soprano Oksana Dyka) hastily writes a love letter to the brooding aristocrat Onegin (baritone Dalibor Jenis). She unwittingly sets off an unstoppable series of events, leaving Onegin forever regretting the love he so casually spurned.

Così fan tutteWFMT: Saturday, July 14, 12pm CDT
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes comes to life with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit. The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.  

Roméo et Juliette
WFMT: Saturday, July 21, 12pm CDT
Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers.  

Simon Boccanegra
WFMT: Saturday, July 28, 12pm CDT
Plácido Domingo sings the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender bond between father and daughter. 

Albert Herring
WFMT: Saturday, August 4, 12pm CDT
Benjamin Britten’s comedy takes place in the English countryside, where meek mama’s boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village’s first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found. Soprano Christine Brewer stars as the formidable Lady Billows.  

La Bohème
WFMT: Saturday, August 11, 12pm CDT
In this rebroadcast, a poet discovers true romance with a lovely, fragile seamstress among the evocative rooftops, cafés and garrets of Paris. Soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, fast-rising young singers who are married in real life, star as Mimi and Rodolfo.  

LA Opera on Air is made possible by generous grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

LA Opera On Air Begins Saturday, May 18

For the eighth consecutive year Classical KUSC brings you LA Opera On Air, Saturdays at 10am.  Each week you’ll hear a complete performance from LA Opera’s 2012/13 Season, recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  The series is hosted by KUSC’s Duff Murphy and continues to be made possible by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

May 18
Giuseppe Verdi: The Two Foscari

The Two Foscari

Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of this Verdi masterpiece. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.

Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state, desperate to protect his son -- and himself -- from the ruthless enemies that surround them.

May 25
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

The legendary seducer Don Juan returns in a production new to LA! Considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni deftly balances comedy and tragedy with unforgettable music.

Features a vividly theatrical staging by the legendary director Peter Stein, the smolderingly intense Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Don Giovanni, and LA Opera's rich tradition of Mozart's classics.

June 1
Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision.

A stunning production, never before seen in Los Angeles, melds sumptuous costumes with evocative period scenery. From the acclaimed director of Il Postino, Ron Daniels.

June 8
Richard Wagner: Flying Dutchman

The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers - and more recently, movie lovers - for hundreds of years. An enthralling score, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.

James Conlon, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production, new to Los Angeles, staged by the brilliant Nikolaus Lehnhoff.

June 15
Giochino Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

In her impoverished stepfather's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.

Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast and a production new to Los Angeles! Conducted by James Conlon.

June 22
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca

A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive triangle comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera's bloodiest, most intense dramas.

One of the most popular of all operas, Tosca is a passionate tale set to some of Puccini's most openly beautiful and passionate music.

For more information visit www.KSUC.org

LA Opera on Air Begins WFMT National Broadcasts Saturday, July 20

The Two Foscari

If you missed the initial KUSC airing of this season’s LA Opera on Air, don’t worry. You have another chance to listen to selections from our recent season, plus a ‘Recovered Voices’ rarity from our archives. Beginning Saturday, July 20 with The Two Foscari starring the incomparable Plácido Domingo and ending Saturday, August 24 with Tosca starring the radiant Sondra Radvanofsky, the WFMT Radio Network will broadcast five productions from LA Opera’s 2012 -13 Season.

The Stigmatized

Plus, on Saturday, July 27, WFMT will broadcast Franz Schreker’s magnificent The Stigmatized from the 2009-10 season, conducted by James Conlon, which will also be released later this summer by Bridge Records.

Travelling this summer? Then visit WFMT online to find the radio station nearest you carrying LA Opera on Air or simply listen online at WFMT.com.  

LA Opera on Air July 27 Broadcast of The Stigmatized (Die Gezeichneten) on WFMT

The Stigmatized

In 2010, LA Opera presented the U.S. premiere of The Stigmatized (Die Gezeichneten), Franz Schreker's rarely heard masterpiece as part of the Recovered Voices series, dedicated to reviving operas by composers who were suppressed by the Holocaust. In a special encore performance, the WFMT Radio Network will rebroadcast The Stigmatized on Saturday, July 27, as part of this season’s LA Opera on Air international radio series. Schreker's rich orchestrations and soaring vocal lines illuminate the tragedy of a misshapen protagonist confronted by the shattering discrepancy between illusion and reality. James Conlon conducts a stellar cast led by tenor Robert Brubaker and soprano Anja Kampe. Bridge Records will release a CD of The Stigmatized in the Autumn of 2013.

For information on where you can listen to this broadcast, please click here

LA Opera On Air Begins May 17 on KUSC 91.5FM and KUSC.org

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. 


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.