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 2014:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • September 4
    Rossini’s La Scala di Seta & Il Signor Bruschino
    The silken ladder (la scala di seta) is used nightly by Dorvil (Matteuzzi) to rejoin Giulia (Serra), to whom he’s secretly married, but who’s living in the house of her father (Di Credico). In Il Signor Bruschino, Sofia (Battle), ward of Gaudenzio (Ramey), is being forced to marry Bruschino’s (Desderi) son (Arévalo), whom she’s never seen. Her lover Florville (Lopardo) passes himself off as Bruschino’s son.

  • September 11
    Falla’s La Vida Breve & Granados’s Goyescas
    Salud (Rodriguez) is in love with Paco (Hernández), a young man who doesn’t bother to tell her he plans to marry a woman from a higher social class, leading to her death. Based on a series of six paintings from Francisco Goya’s early career, Goyescas was inspired by the stereotypical young men and women of the majismo movement.

  • September 18
    Leoncavallo’s La Bohème
    Popp, Weikl, Bonisolli, and Milcheva star in the “other” operatic version of Henri Murger’s Scènes de la Vie de Bohème. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • September 25
    Massenet’s La Vierge
    A sacred oratorio in four scenes sometimes performed in opera houses, La Vierge is a recounting of the story of the Virgin Mary (Command) from the Annunciation to her death.

  • October 2
    Rameau’s Castor et Pollux
    Heavenly twins Castor (Jeffes) and Pollux (Huttenlocher) are both in love with Télaïre (J. Smith), but after Castor is killed, she wants Pollux to ask Jupiter (Wallington) to restore his brother to life.

  • October 9
    Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
    Tom Rakewell (Hadley), engaged to Anne Trulove (Upshaw), inherits a fortune and is lured to London by Nick Shadow (Ramey) to a life of vice and dubious business ventures.

  • October 16 & 23
    Fall Membership Drive
    Pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House!

  • October 30
    Verdi’s Macbeth
    Adapted from Shakespeare’s play by the same name, the ambitious Lady Macbeth (Rysanek) persuades Macbeth (Warren) to murder King Duncan (Hines). Rebels led by Macduff (Bergonzi) eventually kill the usurper.

  • November 6
    Gomes’s Il Guarany
    The Guarany tribal prince Pery (Domingo) rescues Cecilia (Villarroel) from the Spaniards, who have planned to hand her over to the rival Aymoré tribe. Cecilia’s father, Antonio (Tian), rescues them.

  • November 13
    Beach’s Cabildo & Van de Vate’s All Quiet on the Western Front
    In Cabildo, Mary (Hellekant) dreams of Lady Valerie (Flanigan), who convinces the pirate Pierre Lafitte (E. Perry) to escape from jail to fight in the Battle of New Orleans. Van de Vate’s All Quiet on the Western Front pays tribute to the sufferings of ordinary soldiers in war and is based on Remarque’s famous World War I novel.

  • November 20
    Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles
    Zurga (G. Quilico) and his friend Nadir (Aler) are both in love with the same priestess, Leila (Hendricks), who is under a vow of chastity— punishable by death if she breaks it. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • November 27
    Bellini’s La Sonnambula
    Sleepwalking Amina (Callas) is engaged to Elvino (Monti), who’s also loved by Lisa (Cossotto). Things get really complicated when Amina pays a nocturnal visit to Count Rodolfo (Zaccaria).

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