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 Spring 2014:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • June 5 — Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko
    War hero Kotko (Lutsiuk) returns to his Ukrainian village to marry Sofya (Pavloskaya), whose father Tkachenko (Bezzubenkov) expects to make a better deal for her after the Bolsheviks have been overthrown.

  • June 12 — Massenet’s Cléopâtre
    Marc-Antoine (Henry) sees Cléopâtre (Harries) for the first time following the Roman conquest of Egypt and is instantly entranced by her beauty— despite being engaged to Octavie (Streiff).

  • June 19 — Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
    Old bachelor Pasquale (Bruscantini) wants to marry in order to prevent his nephew Ernesto (Winbergh) from inheriting his estate. Dr. Malatesta (Nucci) suggests his younger sister Norina (Freni), who’s in love with Ernesto. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • June 26 — Bizet’s Carmen
    Gypsy cigarette maker Carmen (Stevens) ensnares Don José (Peerce), convinces him to desert the army, and then abandons him for bull fighter Escamillo (Merrill).

  • July 3 — Bernstein’s Candide
    Dr. Pangloss (Green) convinces Candide (Hadley) and Cunegonde (Anderson) that all is for the best in “The Best of All Possible Worlds.”

  • July 10 — Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
    Marie (Sutherland) was “adopted” as a girl by a Tyrolean regiment and is romantically pursued by a suspected spy named Tonio (Pavarotti). Sulpice (Malas) is Marie’s father figure.

  • July 17 — Puccini’s Il Trittico
    Scotto, Domingo, and Wixell star in Il Tabarro; Scotto is Suor Angelica; and Gobbi, Cotrubas, and Domingo head the cast in Gianni Schicchi.

  • July 24 — Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
    Adriana (Tebaldi), a worldly woman who falls for a dashing count, Maurizio (Del Monaco), vies for his affections with the ruthless Princess de Bouillon (Simionato). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • July 31 — Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Arcifanfano, King of Fools
    Arcifanfano (D. Smith) accepts applications for citizenship from six visiting loonies, each displaying a different mania. Includes comedienne Anna (“I’m not making this up”) Russell as Garbata.

  • August 7 — J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus
    En route to serve a prison term for slander, Eisenstein (Brendel) accepts Falke’s (Bär) advice to him to live it up at Prince Orlofsky’s (Fassbaender) masked ball, but without wife Rosalinde (Te Kanawa). Her lover Alfred (Leech) is mistakenly taken to jail, so she and her maid Adele (Gruberova) also go to the ball.

  • August 14 — Offenbach’s Les Brigands
    The plot is cheerfully amoral in its presentation of theft as a basic principle of society rather than as an aberration. As the brigand chieftain Falsacappa (Raffalli) notes: “Everybody steals according to their position in society.”

  • August 21 — Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
    Nemorino (Pavarotti) loves Adina (Sutherland), who ignores him and falls for the swaggering soldier Belcore (Cossa) instead; Nemorino tries a fake love potion sold by the charlatan Dr. Dulcamara (Malas). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • August 28 — Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
    The flute-playing Tamino (Schreier) falls in love with Pamina (M. Price). Daughter of the Queen of the Night (Serra), Pamina has been abducted by Sarastro (Moll). The simple bird catcher Papageno (Melbye) wants only food and drink—and Papagena (Venuti).

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