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WFMT's American Opera Series Returns May 14th

Placido Domingo in Puccini's Gianni Schicci

The WFMT Radio Network's American Opera Series returns to JPR's Classics & News Service on Saturday, May 14th following the conclusion of the Metropolitan Opera season.

Highlights of this season include:

Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere broadcast of Peruvian-born composer Jimmy López’ opera Bel Canto! Called “one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today” (Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times), López’ timely opera wrestles with terrorism, the tenuous relationships between us, and in true Magical-Realist fashion, the power of music to overcome conflict and adversity. LA Opera brings you a fantastic double-bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, starring Plácido Domingo on stage in the title role for the first half, and on the podium for the second. You won’t want to miss this exciting performance!

Full Schedule:

Lyric Opera of Chicago
May 14 Marriage of Figaro / Mozart
May 21 Bel Canto / J. López
May 28 Cinderella / Rossini
June 4 Wozzeck / Berg
June 11 Merry Widow / Lehár
June 18 Nabucco / Verdi
June 25 Der Rosenkavalier / Strauss
July 2 Romeo & Juliet / Gounod
July 9 Rusalka / Dvořák

LA Opera
July 16 Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci / Puccini/Leoncavallo
July 23 Norma / Bellini
July 30 The Two Foscari / Verdi
August 6 Moby-Dick / J. Heggie
August 13 Falstaff / Verdi

San Francisco Opera
August 20 Luisa Miller / Verdi
August 27 Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti
September 3 Die Meistersinger / Wagner
September 10 Magic Flute / Mozart
September 17 Barber of Seville / Rossini
September 24 Fall of the House of Usher / Debussy, Getty, et al. (reconstruction)
October 1 Dialogues of the Carmelites / Poulenc
October 8 Carmen / Bizet
October 15 Don Carlos / Verdi
October 22 Jenůfa / Janáček

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.