WFMT Radio Network Opera Series Returns May 18th

May 14, 2019

The 2019 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns to JPR on Saturday, May 18th 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.

The Opera Series continues through the summer with productions presented in partnership with Rai, Italy and the European Broadcasting Union, featuring performances from the Rossini Opera Festival, Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), and La Scala (Milan).

Full Season

Royal Opera HouseMay 18 Falstaff / VerdiMay 25 Das Rheingold / WagnerJune 1   Die Walküre / WagnerJune 8  Siegfried / WagnerJune 15 Simon Boccanegra / VerdiJune 22 The Queen of Spades / TchaikovskyJune 29 La forza del destino / VerdiJuly 6    Billy Budd / BrittenJuly 13  Andrea Chénier / Giordano
RAI (Italy)July 20 Adina / Rossini / Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro)July 27 Orfeo et Euridice / Gluck / Teatro dell’Opera (Rome)Aug  3   Attila / Verdi / La Scala (Milan) Lyric Opera of ChicagoAug 10 Norma / BelliniAug 17  The Magic Flute / MozartAug 24 Lucia di Lammermoor / DonizettiAug 31 Don Quichotte / MassenetSep  7  Eugene Onegin / TchaikovskySep 14 Les Troyens / Berlioz LA Opera Sep 21  Don Carlo / VerdiSep 28  The Clemency of Titus / MozartOct 5    Macbeth / VerdiOct 12  Tales of Hoffmann / OffenbachOct 19  Carmen / Bizet