Operas from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union
Friday at 7pm
- Hosted by Lisa Flynn
The 2019 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series begins with a stellar array of recent productions from London’s Royal Opera House. Presented in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC, the line-up from Covent Garden includes parts one to three from Wagner’s Ring – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried – performed under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano in October 2018. Hear two powerhouse voices make their Royal Opera debuts – Swedish bass-baritone John Lundgren singing Wotan/Wanderer and Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Siegmund. Plus, 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize-winner soprano Nina Stemme sings Brünnhilde.
The series continues with Verdi, including a handsome Renaissance production of the tragic Simon Boccanegra, a star-studded La Forza del Destino with soprano Anna Netrebko as Leonora and tenor Jonas Kauffman as Don Alvaro, and the delightfully comical Falstaff with a celebrated cast led by Sir Bryn Terfel and Ana María Martínez. Also, there’s an opportunity to catch Tchaikovsky’s secret-filled The Queen of Spades and Covent Garden’s first production of Britten’s Billy Budd in almost two decades, directed by Deborah Warner. Rounding out this nine-title run is Giordano’s French Revolution-set opera, Andrea Chénier, featuring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena de Coigny and acclaimed tenor and Covent Garden regular, Roberto Alagna in the title role.