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 Spring 2015:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • March 5
    Dvorak's Jakobin

    Count Vilem of Harasov (Prusa) is about to transfer his authority and property to his wicked nephew Adolf (Tuc¢§ek), who has convinced Vilem that his son Bohu. (Vitek), aided and abetted by his French wife Julie (Machotkova), is a dangerous revolutionary.

  • March 12
    Boieldieu's La Dame Blanche

    Local Scottish color is called upon when the supposedly English lieutenant George Brown (Blake) discovers that he is really the Earl of Avenel, whose castle the scheming steward Gaveston (Naouri) had been intent on securing for himself.

  • March 19
    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 26
    Spring Membership Drive

    Pledge your support for the WCPE Opera House!

  • April 2
    Wagner’s Parsifal

    Foolish young man Parsifal (Domingo) gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas (James Morris), leader of the Grail Knights.

  • April 9
    Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt & Rappahannock County

    Ninety-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe (Von Stade) has outlived virtually everyone in Egypt, Texas. But in the last stage of her life, she cannot outlive the truth. Rappahannock County provides snapshots of the American Civil War.

  • April 16
    Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

    Jay Hunter Morris and Heidi Melton sing the title roles in this November 9, 2014, North Carolina Opera performance of the Prelude and Act II conducted by Timothy Myers and recorded in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.

  • April 23
    Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula

    Jealous sorceress Melissa (Harrhy) is determined to destroy the liaison between Amadis (Stutzmann) and his beloved Oriana (J. Smith). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • April 30
    Lehár’s The Czarevitch & Giuditta

    Alexei (Hadley), son of Peter the Great, falls in love with Sonia (Gustafson), a ballerina, and runs away with her to Naples. Lehár’s most ambitious work, Giuditta’s story line resembles that of Bizet’s Carmen.

  • May 7
    Arrieta’s Marina & Falla’s Atlàntida

    Arietta’s zarzuela tells the story of the orphan girl Marina (Capsir) who’s secretly in love with Jorge (Lázaro), the ship captain who serves as her guardian. Based on a Catalan poem, Atlàntida began as a cantata. Simon Estes, Maria Bayo, and Teresa Berganza.

  • May 14
    Gerhard’s La Dueña

    Don Jerome (Van Allen) wants daughter Louisa (Glanville) to marry fish merchant Mendoza, but she’s in love with the penniless Antonio (Archer). Solution: Switch roles with her chaperone (Powell).

  • May 21
    Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

    Anne Boleyn (Sutherland) turns to Lord Percy (Hadley) for affection after Henry VIII (Ramey) spurns his devoted consort for her lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour (Mentzer). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • May 28
    Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni Tenorio

    Like Mozart’s longer and better-known work, The Stone Guest (as it’s subtitled) is based on the legend of the Spanish libertine Don Juan.

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