Opera fans don't have to live in Los Angeles to experience some of LAO’s most exciting productions. Here's the radio broadcast schedule for 2019, featuring performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, hosted by Classical KUSC’s resident opera expert, Jennifer Miller.
From May 18 through June 15, you can listen to LA Opera on Air every Saturday at 10am on Classical KUSC in digital HD at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles or via streaming at KUSC.org. You can also tune in on KESC 99.7 FM in San Luis Obispo, KPSC 88.5 FM in Palm Springs, and KDSC 91.1 FM in Thousand Oaks. In the fall, the series goes international with broadcasts on the WFMT Radio Network.
It’s one of Verdi’s grandest creations, with rich orchestrations, thundering choruses and an endless flow of rapturous melodies. Plácido Domingo (in the baritone role of Rodrigo) joins a remarkable cast in an enthralling tale of resistance, romance and rivalry, conducted by James Conlon. (Recorded in September 2018.)
Saturday, May 18, at 10am on KUSC
Begins airing September 21 on the WFMT Radio Network.
The Clemency of Titus
Rome, the most powerful capital in the ancient world, falls vulnerable to power players seeking glory. To keep his crown and save the city he loves, Emperor Titus faces the ultimate choice between mercy or murder. James Conlon conducts a performance led by Russell Thomas, one of the hottest tenors of our time. (Recorded in March 2019.)
Saturday, May 25, at 10am on KUSC
Begins airing September 28 on the WFMT Radio Network.
Plácido Domingo as a villain? The tenor-turned-baritone is cast against type in Verdi’s early Shakespearean thriller. Macbeth's transformation into a hardened killer and Lady Macbeth's descent into madness over their bloody deeds never sounded so beautiful, under the masterful baton of James Conlon. (Recorded in October 2016.)
Saturday, June 1, at 10am on KUSC
Begins airing October 5 on the WFMT Radio Network.
The Tales of Hoffmann
Offenbach’s final masterpiece veers from comedy to suspense to tragedy, with a few supernatural twists along the way. Superstar tenor Vittorio Grigolo portrays an at-the-end-of-his-ropes poet, relating the stories of the three women who broke his heart. Plácido Domingo conducts. (Recorded in March 2017.)
Saturday, June 8, at 10am on KUSC
Begins airing October 12 on the WFMT Radio Network.
It might be the world’s most popular opera and it’s easy to see why. Ana María Martínez and Brandon Jovanovich star as two lovers who should never ever ever get back together and James Conlon conducts Bizet’s thrill-a-minute score. (Recorded in September 2017.)
Saturday, June 15, at 10am on KUSC
Begins airing October 19 on the WFMT Radio Network.