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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 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