Thursday Night Opera House

Photo of La Bohème by Cory Weaver and the Metropolitan Opera

portrait of Bob Chapman, host of Opera House

Bob Chapman

Grand Opera: A Sound Delight

The Classical Station offers two wonderful opportunities each week to hear the best in opera: Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. (both times eastern) from December through May. Opera House has been a regular Thursday night feature on The Classical Station since April of 1980. On Saturday afternoons from December through May, we broadcast the Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon matinees.

Al Ruocchio hosted Opera House from 1980 until his death in 2007. On December 4, 2008, Bob Chapman became the third host of Opera House, succeeding Robert Galbraith. Bob is an opera singer who continues to use his wealth of experience and talents to bring the very best works of opera to our listeners with his show.

Peter Mattei as Figaro, Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, and Juan Diego Flórez in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Photo by Ken Howard and Metropolitan Opera

Spring 2020 Listings

March 5
Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte
Mitch Leigh: Man of La Mancha
Aging knight Quichotte (Ghiaurov) and his squire Sancho (Bacquier) woo the lovely Dulcinée (Crespin) in Massenet’s 1895 opera. The 1965 Broadway version of Cervantes’s classic novel features Domingo, Patinkin, and Migenes.

March 12
Marc Blitzstein: Regina
A bleak picture of upper-class American life at the turn of the last century in a small Southern town, Regina exposes how greed can destroy a family. Ciesinski, Ramey, Rieux, and Greenawald sing principal roles.

March 19
Charles Gounod: Faust
Faust (Domingo) sells his soul to the devilish Méphistophélès (Ghiaurov) in return for a love affair with Marguerite (Freni). (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

March 26
Spring Membership Drive
Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy play arias, ensembles, and choruses as you pledge your support for Opera House.

April 2
Léo Delibes’s Lakmé
Indian Brahmin priest Nilakantha (Van Dam) kills British officer Gérald (Kunde), who’s been having an affair with the priest’s daughter Lakmé (Dessay).

April 9
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
A foolish young man, Parsifal (Hofmann), gains wisdom through compassion and brings healing to Amfortas (Van Dam), leader of the Grail Knights.

April 16
Giochino Rossini: 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.)

April 23
Francis Poulenc: 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.

April 30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Belmonte (Schreier) rescues Konstanze (Auger), Blondchen (Grist), and Pedrillo (Neukirch) from a Turkish harem despite roadblocks of Osmin (Moll).

May 7
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier
During the French Revolution, the poet Chénier (Del Monaco) rebukes Maddalena (Tebaldi) for scorning love. Later, they fall in love, but her former boyfriend Gérard (Bastianini) denounces Chénier.

May 14
Giacomo Puccini: Il Trittico
Scotto, Domingo, and Wixell star in Il Tabarro; Scotto is Suor Angelica; and Gobbi, Cotrubaș, and Domingo head the cast in Gianni Schicchi.

May 21
Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Pasquale (Bruscantini) wants to marry to prevent nephew Ernesto (Winbergh) from inheriting his estate. Malatesta (Nucci) suggests his sister Norina (Freni), who’s in love with Ernesto. (From the Ruocchio Archives.)

May 28
Kurt Weill: Street Scene
A story of everyday life in a New York City tenement, culminating in murder and the decision of the heroine (Barstow) to seek a better life elsewhere.

Bob describes the story of each week’s opera in his weekly Opera House Newsletter, e-mailed each Wednesday morning. Use the sign up form below to join the mailing list.

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