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 2017:

Thursdays at 7pm with host Bob Chapman

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  • June 1, 2017 Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
    Sophisticated city slicker Onegin (Mazurok) rebuffs country girl Tatyana (Milashkina); jealous Lensky (Atlantov) is killed in a duel with Onegin, who has flirted with his fiancée Olga (Sinyavskaya).

  • June 8, 2017 Rossini’s Otello
    Otello (Carreras) is in love with Desdemona (Von Stade), who has been promised by father Elmiro (Ramey) to Roderigo (Fisichella). Iago (Pastine) tells Otello the Desdemona has been unfaithful to him; he kills her before taking his own life.

  • June 15, 2017 Suppé’s Boccaccio
    Libertine Florentine poet Boccaccio (Prey) wins the hand of Fiametta (Rothenberger) after finding favor with her father, the duke (Böhme).

  • June 22, 2017 Handel’s Semele
    Semele (Battle), daughter of Theban King Cadmus, is engaged to a mortal prince but allows herself to be spirited away by the god Jupiter (Aler). In return for granting her sole wish, Semele agrees to sleep with him. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • June 29, 2017 Janáèek’s Jenùfa
    The pregnant Jenùfa (Söderström) fears that her child’s father Števa (Dvorský) won’t marry her; his stepbrother Laca (Ochman) is also in love with Jenùfa, which makes for interesting intra-family dynamics.

  • July 6, 2017 Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe
    A beautiful young woman (Sills) and a married silver baron (Cassel) cause a scandal in this true tale from 19th-century Colorado.

  • July 13, 2017 Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
    An emotionally unstable Blanche de la Force (Dubosc) enters a Carmelite convent seeking peace. Against the background of the French Revolution, she and other nuns willingly go to the guillotine.

  • July 20, 2017 Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi
    Juliet Capulet (Gruberova) falls in love with Romeo Montagu (Baltsa); they are secretly married—with tragic consequences. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

  • July 27, 2017 Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
    Frère Laurent (Van Dam) secretly marries Roméo (Alagna) and Juliette (Gheorghiu), despite their families’ opposition—with deadly results.

  • August 3, 2017 Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
    Lucia (Sills) is in love with Edgardo (Bergonzi), but her brother Enrico (Cappuccilli) wants her to marry Arturo (Dallapozza) instead; she goes mad.

  • August 10, 2017 Van de Vate’s Hamlet
    The American-born Austrian composer takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece about indecision, patricide, and revenge in Denmark.

  • August 17, 2017 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.)

  • August 24, 2017 Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict
    Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Béatrice (Baker) is initially scornful of Bénédict (Tear) but gradually realizes she loves him.

  • August 31, 2017 Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)
    We’ll hear the original 1928 Berlin version based on Bertolt Brecht’s play, plus Marc Blitzstein’s 1954 New York adaptation.

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