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.)
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.
Here is Bob’s interview with Anthony Roth Costanzo
as well as performance of “Stille amare” ( MP3 format )
Click here to listen to Bob’s Interview with Teresa Stratas
Thursdays at 7pm
with host Bob Chapman
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
December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve at the Opera House —
Past and present opera stars sing sacred
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
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.
Find out more at the Met Opera Information Center.
Find study guides and more at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Learning Center.