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 Spring 2015:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • March 3
    Rossini’s L’Assedio di Corinto
    Pamira (Sills) falls in love with “Almansor,” who turns out to be the Muslim conqueror Maometto (Diaz) during the 1826 Turkish siege of Corinth.

  • March 10
    Honegger’s Christopher Columbus & Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher
    In this 1940 radio play, the Magician (Rawson) narrates fearsome visions of 15th century Europe at the time of Columbus’s voyage to the New World. Joan of Arc at the Stake takes place during the heroine’s last minutes on the stake, with flashbacks to her younger days and her trial.

  • March 17
    Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    Belmonte (Winbergh) rescues Konstanze (Gruberova), Blonde (Battle), and Pedrillo (Zednik) from a Turkish harem despite Osmin’s (Talvela) roadblocks. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • March 24
    Rossini’s Messa di Gloria & Stabat Mater; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
    Celebrate Christianity’s holiest week with operas disguised as liturgical works by Italy’s greatest 19th century masters of the genre. Soloists include Jo, Murray, Araiza, Giménez, & Ramey; Malfitano, Baltsa, Gambill, & Howell; Dunn, Curry, Hadley, & Plishka.

  • March 31
    Haydn’s L’Infedelta Delusa
    Filippo (Baldin) wants daughter Sandrina (Hendricks) to marry the rich Nencio (Ahnsjö), but she loves the peasant Nanni (Devlin), whose sister Vespina (Mathis) is in love with Nencio.

  • April 7
    Spring Membership Drive

  • April 14
    Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata
    The murderous and duplicitous Almuzir (Ford) wishes to marry Zoraida (Cullagh), the daughter of the late king, who in turn loves Abenamet (Kelly), the victorious General of the Moors.

  • April 21
    Saint-Saëns’s Samson e Dalila
    Samson (Vickers) leads a successful Hebrew revolt against the Philistines. Prompted by the High Priest of Dagon (Blanc), Dalila (Gorr) robs Samson of his power by cutting off his hair. But Samson’s hair grows back…with disastrous results. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • April 28
    Wagner’s Tannhäuser
    Seduced by Venus (Meier), the knight Tannhäuser (König) takes part in a minstrel contest for the hand of the Landgrave’s (Moll) daughter Elisabeth (Popp).

  • May 5
    Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
    North Carolina Opera’s performance of this Russian classic, recorded January 24, 2016, at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, features Kang, El-Khoury, Barry, Šve¯de, and Kellogg.

  • May 12
    Massenet’s Grisélidis
    The Devil (Courtis) tries to persuade Grisélidis (Command), wife of the Marquis (Henry), to fall in love with Alain (Viala).

  • May 19
    Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda
    Having gained his dukedom by marrying Beatrice (Sutherland), Filippo Visconti (Pavarotti) tires of his wife and falls in love with Agnese del Maino (Veasey). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • May 26
    Handel’s Agrippina
    In the absence of husband Claudio (Miles), Agrippina (Jones) schemes to ensure the succession of her son Nerone (Ragin) rather than the emperor’s choice, Ottone (Chance), whose fiancée Poppea (Brown) tries to thwart the empress.

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