KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

Friday evening at 7, join KTEP for the return of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series.  Friday features a performance of Verdi's Falstaff.

 Click here for more information on the WFMT Opera Series.