Opera Festival of Chicago

A Part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

For cast lists, please visit the Opera Series Overview.

Marking their debut in the WFMT Opera Series is the Opera Festival of Chicago, presenting Verdi’s Il Corsaro and Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice. Opera Festival of Chicago is dedicated to presenting fully staged productions of Italian opera masterworks that rarely grace the stage in the United States, making this work accessible to American audiences and artists alike.

Verdi’s bombastic 1848 opera Il Corsaro plunges us into the dashing world of seafaring pirates. While its popularity was overshadowed by his next operas: RigolettoIl Travatore, and La Traviata, this thrilling work is filled with Verdi’s characteristic melodies, rhythms, virtuosic vocal lines, choruses, and large orchestral score.  The production features Jose Simerilla Romero as Corrado, Christine Arand as Medora, Franco Pomponi as Seid, and more.

L’Inganno Felice Rossini’s one act opera was an instant success after its premiere in 1812, creating a worldwide sensation thanks to the beauty of its music from overture to finale. The work was so popular that it was the third most often performed of Rossini’s operas during the composer’s lifetime.

The opera tells the story of a faithful wife, who having been unjustly accused of infidelity and cruelly abandoned at sea, attempting to win back the love of her husband, who has presumed her dead for ten years.

The melodrama with comic elements is directed by Ella Marchment, is under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi, and features an international cast including Kenneth Tarver, tenor, as the lovesick Duke Bertrando who still mourns for his wife; Katherine Beck, soprano, as the disowned but faithful wife, Isabella; Frank DeVincentis, bass baritone, as the villainous Ormondo; and more.


About the Host

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.


This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in June and lasts until December.


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 10/15/2022 - 10/22/2022

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