WFMT Radio Network Opera Series Overview

Above: Christine Goerke in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Die Walküre. Credit: Cory Weaver

Please Note: the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series Supplement is available both as a PDF file via the top link on the right-hand side of the screen, and as a PDF and Word files in the Supplemental Materials link.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the Opera Series available to our affiliates. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, OperaDelaware, Opera Southwest, and an especially exciting partnership with the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union to bring operas from The Royal Opera, Roundhouse, Scottish Opera, and Opera North. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series for 2018 will bring distinction to your station’s schedule, and unmatched enjoyment to your listeners. We hope you’ll join us!

Highlights of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series for 2018 include:

  • A stellar performance of the rarely-performed 1774 French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Lawrence Brownlee and Albina Shagimuratova in Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I puritani, also from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • A broadcast of the world premiere of George Benjamin’s third opera, Lessons in Love and Violence, presented by The Royal Opera with the composer at the podium and featuring Stéphane Degout and Barbara Hannigan
  • San Francisco Opera‘s presentation of Giordano’s verismo opera Andrea Chénier, starring Yonghoon Lee, Anna Pirozzi, J’Nai Bridges, and more
  • The audience-favorite William Tell, presented by Opera Southwest and starring Sean Anderson, Claudia Chapa, and more
  • OperaDelaware‘s presentation of Rossini’s last Italian opera, the beautiful and virtuosic Semiramide with Lindsay Ohse, Aleksandra Romano, Daniel Mobbs, and more

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, Part I
May 12  Orphée et Eurydice / Gluck

May 19  Rigoletto / Verdi

May 26  Die Walküre / Wagner

June 2   The Pearl Fishers / Bizet

June 9   Turandot / Puccini

June 16  I puritani / Bellini

Operas from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union
June 23   Lessons in Love and Violence / G. Benjamin / Royal Opera

June 30   Macbeth / Verdi / Royal Opera

July 7       The Return of Ulysses / Monteverdi / Royal Opera & Roundhouse

July 14     Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky / Scottish Opera

July 21     Un ballo in maschera / Verdi / Opera North

July 28    Lohengrin / Wagner / Royal Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Part II

August 4    Les Troyens / Berlioz *

August 11   Così fan tutte / Mozart

August 18   Faust / Gounod

August 25   Das Rheingold / Wagner

September 1   Bel Canto / J. López

LA Opera
September 8    Carmen / Bizet

September 15   Nabucco / Verdi

September 22  Norma / Bellini

September 29  Gianni Schicci & Pagliacci / Puccini, Leoncavallo

October 6           Moby Dick / J. Heggie

San Francisco Opera
October 13      Andrea Chénier / Giordano

October 20     Barber of Seville / Rossini

October 27      Don Pasquale / Donizetti

November 3    Dream of the Red Chamber / B. Sheng

November 10  Usher House & La chute de la maison Usher / Getty, Debussy

November 17   Semiramide / Rossini 

Opera Southwest
November 24   William Tell / Rossini

* PLEASE NOTE: The Opera for August 4 has changed. The previously-listed performance of Pelléas et Mélisande from Glyndebourne has been replaced by an encore broadcast of Berlioz’ Les Troyens from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Please consult the Lyric Opera of Chicago listings for more details.



Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 05/12/2018 - 11/24/2018

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