Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Jun. 21 2014

6/28/14 – Barber of Seville – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (in Italian) COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini Approx. Length:  3 hours 15 minutes Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini’s music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he’s also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he’s out to ensure that Count Almaviva […]

Jun. 14 2014

06/21/14 – Die Fledermaus – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago DIE FLEDERMAUS (in German) COMPOSER: Johann Strauss, Jr. Approx. Length:  3 hours 20 minutes Waltzes galore and more…it’s the world’s favorite operetta, and it’s laughter all the way. Two friends angle to “out-prank” each other, a wife contemplates a tenorial fling, her maid schemes to break into showbiz, and Vienna’s favorite prince […]

Jun. 07 2014

06/14/14 – La Traviata – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago LA TRAVIATA (in Italian) COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi Approx. Length:  3 hours Profoundly moving and emotionally overwhelming—Verdi’s music says it all in this lush new production. Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris. Sought after by society’s most important men and wealthy in her own right, she is perfectly content—until she falls in […]

May. 31 2014

06/07/14 – Parsifal – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago PARSIFAL (in German) COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner Approx. Length:  4 hours 45 minutes The sacred and the profane vie for supremacy in Wagner’s final, revelatory masterpiece. An elite cadre of knights is charged with guarding the Holy Grail, but their power is lost when their king succumbs to the pleasures of the flesh. Can the […]

May. 24 2014

05/31/14 – Madama Butterfly – 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago MADAMA BUTTERFLY (in Italian) by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by:   Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco Sung in Italian, Approx. Length:  3 hours Puccini’s heartbreaking tragedy comes to Lyric in a breathtakingly beautiful production. Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for […]

May. 15 2014

05/24/14 – OTELLO (LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO)- 1:00pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Otello by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by:   Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeare’s tragedy Sung in Italian, Approx. Length:  3 hours Jealousy, betrayal, and murder—Shakespeare’s drama finds new dimension in Giuseppe Verdi’s blazing and revealingly expressive music. Otello seems unbeatable on the battlefield, but he’s powerless against his insidious henchman Iago, who convinces him that his innocent wife […]

Nov. 02 2013

November 2013 – BAYREUTH FESTIVAL – 1:00pm

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Bayreuth Festival - Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen WBJC is proud to present the complete Ring cycle, captured in the unsurpassed acoustics of the Festspielhaus by Radio Bavaria.  Host Rick Fulker talks with the cast and the production team, bringing it all a little closer.  It’s your front-seat ticket to one of the world’s most […]

Oct. 26 2013

11/02/13 – The Italian Girl in Algiers – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri) by Gioachino Rossini The shipwreck was the easy part. Searching for her fiancé, Lindoro, Isabella is marooned near Algiers and captured. She quickly catches the eye of Mustafà, the local bey; bored with his harem, he has determined to marry an Italian girl. His plans go hilariously […]

Oct. 19 2013

10/26/13 – Louisa Miller – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera LOUISA MILLER by GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, Based on Schiller’s play “Kabale und Liebe” A special archive broadcast of the 1974 production of Luisa Miller, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli. Sung in Italian   CAST/CREW Laura – Gwendolyn Jones Miller – Louis Quilico Luisa – Katia Ricciarelli Rodolfo – Luciano Pavarotti* Wurm […]

Oct. 12 2013

10/19/13 – The Gospel of Mary Magdalene – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE by Mark Adamo Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Libretto by the composer “No Gospel was written as history. But every gospel—not only those included in the New Testament—contains fragments of the history of Jesus of Nazareth and of those who followed him. In 2007 I wondered: […]

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