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.

If you wish to email Bob Chapman, please click here!

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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