American Opera Series

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor Opera, Arizona Opera, and more! (See elsewhere in this document for information on each Opera company). The American Opera Series for 2017 will bring distinction to your station’s schedule, and unmatched enjoyment to your listeners. We hope you’ll join us!

Highlights of the American Opera Series include:

  • Join Lyric Opera of Chicago for a fantastic season of Wagner, Mozart, Massenet, and more! Highlights include Berlioz’ epic Les Troyens (June 3), and Tchaikovsky’s lyric masterpiece Eugene Onegin (July 8). Stars of this season include Eric Owens (Das Rheingold), Christine Goerke (Les Troyens), Mariusz Kwiecień (Eugene Onegin), and more!
  • Opera lovers everywhere are familiar with The Barber of Seville (August 12) and the Marriage of Figaro (August 19), but LA Opera brings us the third opera in the trilogy, John Corigliano’s less-frequently-heard 1991 composition The Ghosts of Versailles (August 26). With a fantastic lineup of performers and Maestro James Conlon at the podium, you won’t want to miss these exciting performances!
  • Every season there are fantastic performances by current stars of the Opera world and astounding new Operas from some of the best composers in the field; this season San Francisco Opera brings you both! We’re especially delighted to bring you archival recordings of La Gioconda (September 2) featuring Renata Scotto, and Strauss’ Arabella (October 14) featuring the great Kiri Te Kanawa! Balancing these classic master performances is an exciting new commission for San Francisco Opera: Dream of the Red Chamber (September 30), Bright Sheng’s adaptation of the famous Chinese novel of the same name.

A full schedule can be found below and on the right-hand side of the screen (for easy downloading). Information on specific Operas can be found on each Opera Company’s page.


Lyric Opera of Chicago

May 20           Das Rheingold / Wagner

May 27            Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti

June 3             Les Troyens / Berlioz

June 10           Don Quichotte / Massenet

June 17            The Magic Flute / Mozart

June 24           Norma / Bellini

July 1                Carmen / Bizet

July 8               Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky

July 15              Don Giovanni / Mozart

July 22              Tannhäuser / Wagner


LA Opera                

July 29              Macbeth / Verdi

August 5            The Tales of Hoffman / Offenbach

August 12          The Barber of Seville / Rossini

August 19          The Marriage of Figaro / Mozart

August 26          The Ghosts of Versailles / Corigliano


San Francisco Opera

September 2      La Gioconda / Ponchielli

September 9      Aida / Verdi

September 16    Madama Butterfly / Puccini

September 23    Andrea Chénier / Giordano

September 30    Dream of the Red Chamber / Bright Sheng

October 7            Don Pasquale / Donizetti

October 14          Arabella / Strauss


Additional Operas

October 21          Falstaff / Verdi / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

October 28         Lucrezia Borgia / Donizetti / Caramoor

November 4       Il Pirata / Bellini / Caramoor

November 11      Tancredi / Rossini / Opera Southwest

November 18     Amleto / Faccio / Opera Southwest

November 25     Riders of the Purple Sage / Craig Bohmler / Arizona Opera



Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 05/20/2017 - 11/25/2017

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