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 Winter 2017-18:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • December 7, 2017 Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff
    Ratcliff (Ferraro) pursues Maria (Mattioli), though her father, MacGregor (Mazzoli), has rejected him as a suitor. Ratcliff’s life is spared in a duel with Douglas (Ciminelli), but eventually he kills Maria, her father, and himself.

  • December 14, 2017 Beethoven’s Leonore
    Disguised as a man, Leonore (Martinpelto) rescues husband Florestan (Begley) from prison, where he’s being held by Don Pizarro (Best). Leonore (1805) is the original version of the opera known as Fidelio (1814).

  • December 21, 2017 Donizetti’s Anna Bolena
    Anne Boleyn (Sills) turns to Lord Percy (Burrows) for affection after Henry VIII (Plishka) spurns her for her lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour (Verrett). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve at the Opera House
    Past and present opera stars sing sacred seasonal favorites.

  • December 28, 2017 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.

  • January 4, 2018 Lehár’s Der Zarewitsch
    Alexei (Kollo), son of Peter the Great, runs away with Sonja (Popp). They fall in love, but Alexei must eventually return to Russia as the new Tsar.

  • January 11, 2018 Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus
    This tale of sword and sorcery, myth and magic involves King Arthur (G. Quilico), his wife Queen Guinevere (Zylis-Gara), and her lover Sir Lancelot (Winbergh).

  • January 18, 2018 Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
    Fiesco (Ghiaurov) hates Boccanegra (Cappuccilli) for seducing his daughter. Later, the Doge wants his long-lost daughter Amelia (Freni), in love with Adorno (Carreras), to marry Paolo (Van Dam). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • January 25, 2018 Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera
    Sandrina (Conwell) is an aristocrat pretending to be a gardener who’s fleeing from her abusive lover Belfiore (Moser). Both go mad before coming to their senses.

  • February 1, 2018 Herbert’s Naughty Marietta
    In 1780 New Orleans, Dick Warrington (Pickle) is commissioned to unmask and capture a pirate calling himself “Bras Pique” (Christopher). He’s helped and hindered by a high-spirited runaway, Countess Marietta (Woods).

  • February 8, 2018 Grétry’s Zémire et Azor
    To thank the monstrous-looking Azor (Garino) for saving his life, Sander (Kelly) must send him one of his daughters. Despite his appearance, Azor’s goodness wins the heart of Zémire (Masquelin).

  • February 15, 2018 Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims
    European aristocrats on the way to the coronation of Charles X in Reims are stranded in a hotel. Various romances and rivalries transpire while they try to sort out the dilemma. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • February 22, 2017 Handel’s Il Pastor Fido
    The goddess Diana demands that a new royal couple must include “a faithful shepherd.” The hunter Silvio (Van der Linde) has no interest in love, and the shepherdess Amarilli (Crowe) is in love with the shepherd Mirtillo (Dennis), whose ancestry is uncertain.

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