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 2018:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • March 1
    Donizetti’s Gianni di Parigi

    Disguised as “Gianni di Parigi” (Morino), the Dauphin of France travels to an inn to have a furtive look at the royal bride he’s never seen, the Princess of Navarra (Serra).

  • March 8
    Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

    Set in 1930s Charleston, it’s the tragic love story of the crippled beggar Porgy (White) and beautiful Bess (Haymon), who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict.

  • March 15
    Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

    Butterfly (L. Price), a teenaged Japanese geisha, naively marries Pinkerton (Tucker), a visiting American navy officer, despite warnings by her servant Suzuki (Elias) and American consul Sharpless (Maero). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • March 22
    Spring Membership Drive

    Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy play arias, ensembles, and choruses as you pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House.

  • March 29
    Wagner’s Parsifal

    Foolish young man Parsifal (Hofmann) gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas (Van Dam), leader of the Grail Knights.

  • April 5
    Spohr’s Faust

    Torn between his love for Röschen (Taha) and Kunigunde (Jennings), Faust (Vier) makes a pact with the devil Mefistofeles (Von Jordis) in order to rescue Kunigunde from the evil knight Gulf (Bric).

  • April 12
    Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

    Riccardo (Peerce) is in love with Amelia (Milanov), wife of his best friend Renato (Merrill). Fortune teller Ulrica (M. Anderson) tells Riccardo he’ll be killed by the next man to shake his hand.

  • April 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.)

  • April 26
    Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

    Flute-playing Tamino (Wunderlich) falls in love with Pamina (Lear), daughter of the Queen of the Night (Peters), who’s been kidnapped by Sarastro (Crass). Bird catcher Papageno (Fischer-Dieskau) wants only food, drink, and Papagena (Otto).

  • May 3
    Britten’s Peter Grimes

    In a Suffolk fishing village, Grimes (Pears) has lost an apprentice at sea under suspicious circumstances and is warned not to take on another. Schoolmistress Ellen Orford (Watson) stands by him, despite general disapproval.

  • May 10
    G. Charpentier’s Louise

    Louise (Cotrubas), a working-class girl, escapes to Paris to avoid an arranged marriage and to be with her lover Julien (Domingo).

  • May 17
    Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna

    An old miser’s daughter and her suitor convince him that he has flown to the moon. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • May 24
    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).

  • May 31
    Nielsen’s Maskarade

    Leander (Jensen) wants to marry a woman he met at a masquerade ball, but father Jeronimus (Haugland) forbids it because Leander is already engaged.

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