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 Fall 2013:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • March 6 — Purcell’s The Fairy Queen
    Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this 1692 masque features Hunt- Lieberson, Pierard, Bickley, Crook, and others.

  • March 13 — Gounod’s Sapho
    Phaon (Papis) is torn between his love for both Glycère (Coste) and Sapho (Command). Alcée (Faury) calls on his fellow Greeks to overthrow the tyrant who oppresses them.

  • March 20 & 27Spring Membership Drive
    Pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House. You’ll hear selections from two of our thank-you gifts: Joyce DiDonato’s Rejoyce, a 2-CD set, and Love, Passion & Deceit, a 6-DVD set. Join me and co-hosts for two delightful evenings of opera highlights.

  • April 3 — Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire
    Faded beauty Blanche (Fleming) moves in with sister Stella (Futral) and abusive brother-in-law Stanley (Gilfry) in this 1998 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s play.

  • April 10 — Massenet’s Werther
    Suicidal Werther (Hadley) falls in love with Charlotte (Von Otter), who’s engaged to Albert (Théruel). This can’t end well.

  • April 17 — Wagner’s Parsifal
    Foolish young man Parsifal (Hofmann) gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas (Van Dam), leader of the Grail Knights. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • April 24 — Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame
    Poor soldier Herman (Grigorian) bets he can win enough money at the gambling table to enable him to marry Liza (Gulegina), who’s engaged to Prince Yeletsky (Chernov).

  • May 1 — Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
    Don Alvaro (Carreras) accidentally kills Leonora’s (Plowright) father and later befriends her unsuspecting brother Don Carlo (Bruson), while Leonora becomes a hermit at a monastery.

  • May 8 — 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.

  • May 15 — Monteverdi’s La Favola d’Orfeo
    Euridice (Ben-Nun) dies before her wedding to the singer Orfeo (Dale), who convinces Pluto (Peeters) and wife Proserpina (Fink) to let him return Euridice from Hades on condition he not look at her until they’re back.

  • May 22 — Wagner’s Lohengrin
    Lohengrin (Domingo) defends Elsa’s (Norman) reputation by defeating Telramund (Nimsgern), but Ortrud (Randova) undermines Elsa’s faith in her champion. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • May 29 — G. Charpentier’s Louise
    Louise (Sills), a working-class girl, escapes to Paris to avoid an arranged marriage and to be with her lover Julien (Gedda).

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