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 2017:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • March 2, 2017 Smetana's Libuše
    Princess Libuše (Beòaèková) mediates a dispute between the brothers Chrudoš (Švorc) and Stáhlav (Vodièka). Her suitability to rule challenged, she abdicates in favor of husband Pøemysl (Zítek).

  • March 9, 2017 Barber's Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony (Wells) leaves his mistress Cleopatra (Hinds) in Egypt and returns to Rome, where hefs forced to marry Caesarfs (Grayson) sister Octavia, leading to Antonyfs return to Cleopatra and their suicides.

  • March 16, 2017 Bizet's Carmen
    Naive soldier Don Jose (Domingo) falls for free-spirited Carmen (Troyanos), 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 (Van Dam). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • March 23, 2017 M.A. Charpentier's Medee
    To regain his stolen throne, Jason (Ragon) sails to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Colchon princess Medea (Feldman) falls in love with him and helps him through magic and murder.

  • March 30, 2017 Spring Membership Drive
    Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy play recent recordings as you pledge your support for the Opera House.

  • April 6, 2017 Rossini's Il Turco in Italia
    The poet Prosdocimo (Stabile) creates a story of intrigue, disguises, and misunderstandings involving Fiorilla (Callas), her admirer Don Narciso (Gedda), and her boring husband Selim (Rossi-Lemeni).

  • April 13, 2017 Wagner's Parsifal
    Foolish young Parsifal (Domingo) gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas

  • April 20, 2017 Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
    Nemorino (Pavarotti) loves Adina (Battle), who ignores him and falls for the swaggering soldier Belcore (Nucci) instead; Nemorino tries a fake love potion sold by the charlatan Dulcamara (Dara). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • April 27, 2017 Prokofiev’s The Gambler
    In a German spa town, a general (Alexashkin) is in love with the penniless flirt Blanche (Tarassova), but has gambled away his money. May 4, 2017 Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Poet Hoffmann (Burrows) is inspired by four muses (Sills), but several villains (Treigle) conspire against him.

  • May 11, 2017 Verdi’s Don Carlo
    Don Carlo (Vickers) is engaged to Elisabetta (Brouwenstijn), but his father Philip II (Christoff) marries her instead. Rodrigo (Gobbi) tries to reconcile father and son but the Grand Inquisitor (Langdon) forces Philip to assassinate Rodrigo.

  • May 18, 2017 Weber’s Der Freischütz
    Kaspar (Wlaschiha), who’s sold his soul to the devil, makes a deal with Max (Araiza) to obtain some magical bullets for use in a shooting contest for the hand of Agathe (Mattila). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • May 25, 2017 Britten’s Albert Herring
    Unable to find a suitable May Queen, Lady Billows (Barstow) and her committee instead select Albert (Gillett) as May King. At his coronation, Sid (Finley) and Nancy (Taylor) spike Albert’s lemonade.

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