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.

If you wish to email Bob Chapman, please click here!

WCPE Opera House Schedule for Winter 2014-15:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • December 4Delibes’s Lakmé
    Indian Brahmin priest Nilakantha (Van Dam) kills British offi cer Gérald (Kunde), who’s been having a love affair with the priest’s daughter Lakmé (Dessay).

  • December 11 Berlioz’s Les Troyens
    After Chorebus (Mattei) is killed in the sack of Troy, Cassandra (Lang) leads the women in mass suicide after foretelling that Aeneas (Heppner) will found a new Trojan kingdom in Italy. Aeneas falls in love with Dido (DeYoung), only to abandon her.

  • December 18Gounod’s Faust
    Faust (Domingo) sells his soul to the devilish Méphistophélčs (Ghiaurov), in return for a love affair with Marguerite (Freni), sister of Valentin (Allen). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • December 25Opera Singers Celebrate Christmas
    Music of the season performed by past- and present-day opera stars.

  • January 1J. Strauss’s Der Zigeunerbaron
    Pig farmer Zsupán (Berry) wants Barinkay (Protschka) to marry daughter Arsena (Lindner), who prefers Ottokar (Finke), while Barinkay falls in love with Gypsy girl Saffi (Varady).

  • January 8Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco
    Peasant girl Joan of Arc (Netrebko) inspires French king Charles VII (Meli) to fi ght the English, but father James (Domingo) denounces her as a witch.

  • January 15Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz
    Baculus (Ollendorff) is caught poaching at Count von Eberbach’s (Prey) estate but is bailed out by the Count’s sister, Baroness von Freimann (Rothenberger). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • January 22Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street
    In New York’s “Little Italy,” Annina (Melinek) is the object of religious awe because of her stigmata. Agnostic brother Michele (Richards) is devoted to her but skips town after killing his girlfriend.

  • January 29Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
    Count Almaviva (Bondarenko) wants to sleep with the maid Susanna (Antonelou) before her marriage to servant Figaro (Van Horn), but they outwit him. The countess (Kermes) tries to save her own marriage, despite having an affair with the teenaged page Cherubino (Nesi).

  • February 5Nielsen’s Maskarade
    Leander (Jensen) wants to marry a woman he met at a masquerade ball, but father Jeronimus (Haugland) forbids it because Leander is already engaged.

  • February 12Rossini’s La Cenerentola
    Rossini’s adaptation of the Cinderella story stars Larmore, Giménez, G. Quilico, Corbelli, Scarabelli, Polverelli, and Miles.

  • February 19Verdi’s Rigoletto
    After court jester Rigoletto’s (Milnes) daughter Gilda (Sutherland) is seduced by the Duke of Mantua (Pavarotti), the aggrieved father puts out a contract on the duke’s life. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • February 26Adamo’s Little Women
    Louisa May Alcott’s tale of growing up in New England after the American Civil War features Joyce DiDonato as Meg.

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