WFMT Radio Network Opera Series Overview

The 2019 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series begins in May with a stellar array of recent productions from London’s Royal Opera House. Presented in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC, the line-up from Covent Garden includes parts one to three from Wagner’s Ring – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried – performed under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano in October 2018. Hear two powerhouse voices make their Royal Opera debuts – Swedish bass-baritone John Lundgren singing Wotan/Wanderer and Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Siegmund. Plus, 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize-winner soprano Nina Stemme sings Brünnhilde.

The series continues in June with Verdi, including a handsome Renaissance production of the tragic Simon Boccanegra, a star-studded La Forza del Destino with soprano Anna Netrebko as Leonora and tenor Jonas Kauffman as Don Alvaro, and the delightfully comical Falstaff with a celebrated cast led by Sir Bryn Terfel and Ana María Martínez. Also, there’s an opportunity to catch Tchaikovsky’s secret-filled The Queen of Spades and Covent Garden’s first production of Britten’s Billy Budd in almost two decades, directed by Deborah Warner. Rounding out this nine-title run is Giordano’s French Revolution-set opera, Andrea Chénier, featuring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena de Coigny and acclaimed tenor and Covent Garden regular, Roberto Alagna in the title role.

There is more to come late summer into autumn, when the 2019 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series continues with titles from Los Angeles Opera, Opera Southwest, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy and more!

The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling out the year from May through November. The 2019 Opera Series releases on May 18, 2019, and will last until November 30, 2019. Please stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Opera Series, releasing in late Spring/Summer 2019.


Royal Opera House (Presented in partnership with the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union)

May 18:     Falstaff / Verdi / Royal Opera

May 25:     Das Rheingold / Wagner / Royal Opera

June 1:      Das Walküre / Wagner / Royal Opera

June 8:      Siegfried / Wagner / Royal Opera

June 15:     Simon Boccanegra / Verdi / Royal Opera

June 22:     The Queen of Spades / Tchaikovsky / Royal Opera

June 29:     La Forza del destino / Verdi / Royal Opera

July 6:         Billy Budd / Britten / Royal Opera

July 13:       Andrea Chénier / Giordano / Royal Opera


Series continues with productions from the Rossini Opera Festival (Italy), LA Opera, OperaDelaware, Opera Southwest, and more. Information to be released in the coming months.


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 05/18/2019 - 11/30/2019

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