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WFMT Network Opera Series

Saturdays at 1:00pm (seasonal, lengths vary)

The WFMT Radio Network presents performances from opera companies around the world, to complement the Metropolitan Opera season.  Opera companies represented have and may include the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Caramoor Opera, Arizona Opera, LA Opera On Air, Opera Delaware, Opera Southwest, the BBC and European Union Operas, San Francisco Opera and more. In 2020 the season will run from May 16 and running through November 28, 2020.

Opera Delaware presents a double bill on 11/7, with two operas perfectly timed for the election season.

The month begins with four more presentations by the Royal Opera.  Then on 10/31 we travel to Hamburg Germany for the Hamburg State Opera's presentation of Bellini's Norma.

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.

This month we'll hear from the Los Angeles Opera, the Chicago Symphony Opera and the Royal Danish Opera.  Here we see the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen that was finished in February 2008 and had its grand opening on 16 February 2008, with the premiere of “Hamlet”. The construction started in October 2004, giving a construction time of just over three years.

Christoph Willibald Gluck’s exquisite drama introduces us to Orpheus, the poet and musician whose every word and note communicate the most overwhelming love for his Eurydice. In this contemporary setting, Orphée the poet and musician is reimagined as a choreographer, and his beloved Eurydice is a ballerina. (7/18)

June's Summer Opera presentations begin with Mozart's Cosi fan tutte from the Lyric Opera of Chicago (6/6). Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women’s affections—and those of the young men—move into a new place that’s risky and scary.

The WFMT Network Opera Series begins with performances from the Bavarian State Opera and the Vienna State Opera. Visit here to learn more about some of the great opera houses of the world.