Classical 91.5

Opera Southwest

Seasonally, Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Opera Southwest was founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre by Dr. Edward T. Peter, Maestro Kurt Frederick and others. Seasonally Opera Southwest distributes selected world-class opera(s) via the WFMT Radio Network to public radio stations nationwide.

OSW is a professional, regional company producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousand of patrons, and we are especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which will debuted in February 2018.

Opera Southwest’s mission stresses community and educational themes, and we have delighted more than 180,000 youngsters with outreach programs and exciting live theater. In this way, Opera Southwest ensures a loyal following in future years as these children grow into adulthood.

Opera Southwest, along with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and San Jose’s Opera Cultura, have commissioned an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s best-selling novel Bless Me, Ultima. The composer, Hector Armienta, has worked with Mr. Anaya on the libretto, and the resulting piece will be an historic event. Maestro Guillermo Figueroa conducts. Hear it on 9/5 at 1pm. / Lance Ozier

Opera Southwest presents two operas in November.

11/23     Bellini:     Norma (in Italian)    
Norma          Lindsay Ohse
Adalgisa    Olivia Vote
Pollione        John Pickle
Oroveso    Justin Hopkins
Clotilde        Cammy Cook
Flavio        Gabriel Liboiron-Cohen

*Please Note: The cast list for Ali Baba will be updated closer to the broadcast date, as the performance will be held in October, 2019.