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 Summer 2015:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • June 4 Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
    Riccardo (Bergonzi) is in love with Amelia (Rysanek), wife of his best friend Renato (Merrill). Fortune teller Ulrica (Madeira) tells Riccardo he’ll be killed by the next man to shake his hand.

  • June 11 Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten
    Part-human and part-fairy, the empress (Várady) is unable to bear children. If she’s barren, the emperor (Domingo) will be turned into stone. The dyer’s wife (Behrens) is willing to sell her shadow (fertility), but hubby Barak (Van Dam) nixes the plan.

  • June 18 Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto
    Paolino (Davies) is secretly married to Carolina (Auger), younger daughter of Geronimo (Fischer- Dieskau). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • June 25 Giordano’s Andrea Chénier
    During the French Revolution, the poet Chénier (Corelli) rebukes Maddalena (Stella) for scorning love. Later, they fall in love, but her former boyfriend Gérard (Sereni) denounces Chénier.

  • July 2 Kern’s Showboat
    Magnolia (Von Stade) marries gambler Gaylord (Hadley) and moves with him to Chicago, where he deserts her and their daughter. Julie (Stratas) and her mixed-race husband Steve (Barton) are charged with miscegenation. Dock worker Joe (Hubbard) believes in the wisdom of “Ol’ Man River.”

  • July 9 Respighi’s La Fiamma
    Witch’s daughter Silvana (Tokody) is in love with her stepson Donello (Kelen). When husband Basilio (Sólyom-Nagy) dies of a heart attack, she’s condemned to death for causing it.

  • July 16 Rossini’s Semiramide
    Assur (Rouleau), who helps Semiramide (Sutherland) murder her husband, wants to marry the queen, but she’s attracted to Arsace (Horne)—who turns out to be her own son! (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • July 23 Cilea’s L’Arlesiana
    Rosa Mamai’s (Zilio) son Federico (Kelen) is in love with a girl from Arles, but his mother’s godchild Vivetta (Spacagna) is in love with him.

  • July 30 Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko
    Sadko (Galusin) meets the sea princess Volkhova (Tsidipova), who falls in love with him and encourages him to catch three golden fish. August 6 Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia (Sutherland) is in love with Edgardo (Pavarotti), but her brother Enrico (Milnes) wants her to marry Arturo (Davies) instead, and she goes mad.

  • August 13 Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer
    Based on the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by the Palestine Liberation Front and the subsequent murder of a 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound Jewish American, Leon Klinghoffer (Sylvan).

  • August 20 Donizetti’s La Favorita
    An ill-fated love affair between the king’s mistress, Leonora (Cossotto), and a young monk, Fernand (Pavarotti), who, not knowing her true identity, betrays his vows to pursue her. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • August 27 Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane
    Banned by the Nazis as “degenerate,” this fairy tale about the triumph of goodness over evil is the last word in orchestral glitter and opulence.

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