WCPE Features: Opera


WCPE offers 2 wonderful opportunities each week to hear the best in opera... Thursday nights at 7pm, and Saturday afternoons at 1:30 (when the Met is in season.) The WCPE Opera House has been a regular Thursday night feature at WCPE since April of 1980. On Saturday afternoons during the Met season, tune in for live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.

On December 4th, 2008, Bob Chapman became only the third host in the history of the WCPE Opera House, succeeding Robert Galbraith. Bob is an experienced opera singer himself, and continues to use his wealth of experience and talents to bring the very best works of opera to our listeners with his show.

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WCPE Opera House Schedule for Fall 2015:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • September 3
    Auber’s La Muette de Portici
    Alphonse (Aler), engaged to Elvire (Anderson), seduces and abandons the mute Fenella, whose brother Masaniello (Kraus) uses his Neapolitan people’s dissatisfaction with their Spanish rulers to encourage revolution.

  • September 10
    Golijov’s Ainadamar; Guerrero’s Los Gavilanes
    Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s 2003 opera about playwright Federico Garcia Lorca is heard along with a zarzuela by Jacinto Guerrero.

  • September 17
    Halévy’s La Juive
    Rachel (Isokoski), daughter of the Jewish goldsmith Eléazar (Shicoff), discovers her lover “Samuel” is actually Prince Léopold (Todorovic), who’s married to Princess Eudoxie (Schörg).

  • September 24
    Flotow’s Martha
    Lady Harriet (Rothenberger) and her maid Nancy (Fassbaender), disguised as peasants, become servants of farmers Plunkett (Prey) and Lyonel (Gedda). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • October 1
    Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba
    Although engaged to Sulamith (Kincses), Solomon’s (Sólyom-Nagy) favorite Assad (Jerusalem) has fallen in love with the Queen of Sheba (Takács).

  • October 8
    Verdi’s Attila
    Attila the Hun (Ramey) celebrates yet another victory and falls in love with female warrior Odabella (Studer), who stabs him to death with the sword he gave her.

  • October 15
    Britten’s Peter Grimes
    In a Suffolk fishing village, Grimes (Vickers) has lost an apprentice at sea under suspicious circumstances and is warned not to take on another. Schoolmistress Ellen Orford (Harper) stands by him, despite general disapproval.

  • October 22
    Gounod’s Mireille
    Mireille (Freni) loves Vincent (Vanzo), but her father, Ramon (Bacquier), wants her to marry Ourrias (Van Dam). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • October 29
    Fall Membership Drive
    Bob Chapman, Rob Kennedy, and guest co-hosts play recent recordings as you pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House.

  • November 5
    Erkel’s Hunyadi László
    King László V (Molnár) befriends László Hunyadi (Gulyás), son of a popular Hungarian military hero, but soon plots to have him murdered. The king then falls in love with Hunyadi’s fiancée, Mária (Kalmár).

  • November 12
    Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
    Flute-playing Tamino (Jerusalem) falls in love with Pamina (Popp), daughter of the Queen of the Night (Gruberova). She has been kidnapped by Sarastro (Bracht). Bird catcher Papageno (Brendel) wants only food, drink, and Papagena (Lindner).

  • November 19
    Bizet’s Carmen
    Naďve soldier Don José (Shicoff) falls for freespirited Carmen (Norman), helps her escape from jail, goes AWOL, and joins her in a smuggling gang, only to lose the Gypsy seductress to the dashing bullfighter Escamillo (Estes). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • November 26
    Donizetti’s Rosmonda d’Inghilterra
    Enrico II (Greager) returns from war to his mistress Rosmonda (Kenny), who doesn’t know his true identity. When she learns she’s been sleeping with the King of England, she’s horrified, but Enrico promises to make her his queen.

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