At the Opera with IPR

Saturdays at 12 p.m. on IPR Classical

At the Opera with IPR showcases some of the best opera productions from Iowa and across the country. Join us weekly for productions by local and national companies, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the UNI School of Music/Opera Theatre, the Met Opera, San Fransisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera, among others. 

METROPOLITAN OPERA INTERNATIONAL RADIO NETWORK AND AMERICAN OPERA SERIES BROADCASTS:

Metropolitan Opera:

December 3: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut  

December 10: Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin                           

December 17: R. Strauss’ Salome                                             

December 24: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel                                              

December 31: Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri                           

January 7: Verdi’s Nabucco                                        

January 14: Puccini’s La Bohème                                               

January 21: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette                

January 28: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia             

February 4: Verdi’s Rigoletto                      

Ways to Connect

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series dramatically concludes with a brilliant January performance by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. We’ll broadcast Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m. A tragic love story set in Paris around 1870, Verdi’s La Traviata opens with Alfredo Germont falling in love with the courtesan Violetta Valéry. They live happily for a time before Alfredo’s father Giorgio convinces her to leave Alfredo for his...

Roland Ferrie

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series this year includes the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre in concert. IPR’s broadcast will present the UNI Opera Theatre’s performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her...

Claire McAdams

The third opera in Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice . The opera, dating from 1762, will be broadcast on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. Driven by love and overwhelmed with grief and uncertainty, Orphée descends into the underworld on a heroic mission to return his beloved to the land of the living. His passionate music wins their freedom, but the true test has...

Des Moines Metro Opera

"An ideal introduction to the art form.... the most cogent [ Manon ] in memory" - that's what Opera News said about Des Moines Metro Opera's "meticulously crafted" Massenet. Hear it Saturday at 8PM or Sunday at 3PM on IPR's "Operas in October" series, hosted and produced by Jacqueline Halbloom. The Des Moines Register wrote, "If you’re looking for high theatrical glamor and exceptionally fine singing , you can hardly do better." Opera News agreed: "Sydney Mancasola was an enchanting Manon,...

Ben Easter Photography

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series continues with a performance from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 44 th Festival opera season. This broadcast features Jules Massenet’s Manon on Saturday, October 8 th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 th at 3:00 p.m. Based on Prevost's novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut , the opera tells the story of the impulsive Manon, who falls in love with the young student des Grieux. Since Manon also longs for luxury and...

Wolf Trap Opera

The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series with performances from their 44th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Verdi’s Falstaff on Saturday, October 1 st at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 nd at 3:00 p.m. Verdi’s comedic Falstaff revolves around the thwarted efforts of the robust knight Sir John Falstaff to seduce two married women in order to gain access to the wealth of their husbands. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s plays...

Roland Ferrie

The changing color of the leaves can only mean one thing: October has arrived, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to enjoy opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, UNI Opera Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Opera in October airs on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. on Iowa Public Radio Classical. Please see IPR’s broadcast schedule below for the season overview, and take a look at the “At the...

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Young Artists stopped by Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One at noon yesterday to present highlights from the CROT’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning South Pacific . The CROT’s principal cast members soprano Erin Bryan appeared as the Navy nurse, Nellie Forbush; Baritone Kyle Roeder performed as the French Plantation owner, Emile de Beque; Mezzo-Soprano, Jessica Kasinski sang the role of Bloody Mary; and Tenor, Jack Cotterell executed the part...

Christina Patramanis

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, June 14 th for your favorite tunes from the CROT’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific . The CROT’s principal cast features Erin Bryan as Nellie Forbush, Kyle Roeder as Emile de Beque, Jessica Kasinski as Bloody Mary, and Jack Cotterell as Lt. Cable. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their upcoming performances of South Pacific . Listen for IPR’s...

CROT

The final broadcast of the 2016 Arias in April series features the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni . It airs on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 11:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Simpson College Opera

This week’s Arias in April broadcast features Simpson College Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto . It will air on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 11:00 p.m.

Courtesy of DMMO

The final opera in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Janáček’s Jenůfa , airs as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April broadcast series. IPR will broadcast Jenůfa on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 11:00 p.m.

Courtesy of DMMO

This week’s Arias in April broadcast features another production from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West . It will air on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m and Sunday, April 10 at 11:00 p.m.

Courtesy of DMMO

The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in the return of Arias in April with performances from their 43rd Festival Season. The first broadcast features Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 11:00 p.m.

Courtesy of DMMO

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April program is back with a month of exciting Iowa-produced operas. Our series features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43 rd festival season and productions by Simpson College Opera and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Tune in on Sunday, January 17 th at 2 p.m. for a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performing Verdi’s La Traviata from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa will accompany the talented cast, including Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. The performance is conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht and directed by James Marvel. Join us for a live broadcast of the CROT’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata !

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, January 12 th for several sneak peek selections from the CROT’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata . The CROT’s principal cast features Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. Other members include Eric Ferring as Gastone, Erin Bryan as Annina, and Loralee Songer as Flora. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their...

Courtesy of CROT

The final broadcast of the 2015 Opera in October series features the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni . It airs on Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m. Mozart’s masterpiece revolves around the womanizing scoundrel Don Giovanni (fashioned after the legendary Don Juan). The performance, under the baton of CROT’s founder and artistic director Daniel Kleinknecht, along with the University of Oklahoma professor and guest director...

Grinnell College

In 2008, Grinnell's Jennifer Williams Brown won a major award from the American Musicological Society for her edition of Francesco Cavalli's 1651 opera La Calisto. Want to hear a how performance sounds when it uses her discoveries? You're in luck! IPR will broadcast a recent performance from Simpson College Opera tonight (April 23) at 8 PM and again Sunday at 11 PM. Brown, who chairs Grinnell's music department and directs its Collegium Musicum, served as scholar-in-residence, dramaturg,...

This week’s Opera in October broadcast features Simpson College Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. It will air on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. First performed in 1651 in Venice, Italy, this early period opera features a mythical cast of Roman gods and characters. Giove (or Jupiter, in Roman mythology) descends from Mt. Olympus to repair the Earth after a cataclysmic event, and falls in love with Calisto, a nymph and virgin follower of Diana,...

Courtesy of DMMO

The final opera in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43 rd Festival Season, Janáček’s Jenůfa , airs as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October broadcast series. IPR will broadcast Jenůfa on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. This tragic tale and rare musical gem is set in a Moravian village in the late 19 th century. Jenůfa learns that although her beloved Števa was not drafted into the military, her stepmother Kostelnička has forbidden their marriage unless...

Courtesy of DMMO

This week’s Opera in October broadcast features another production from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43 rd Festival Season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West . It will air on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m and Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. Set in California during the gold rush of 1849-1850, this complex drama bears a slight resemblance to the American western film and television genre. The Girl of the Golden West refers to Minnie, owner of the Polka Saloon in a miners’ camp near the...

Courtesy of DMMO

The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in the return of Opera in October with performances from their 43 rd Festival Season. The first broadcast features Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m. Mozart’s bittersweet romance tells the tale of the nobleman Belmonte and his quest to rescue his fiancé Konstanze and their two servants from the palace of Pasha Selim. Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo devise a plan, but things go awry...

The changing color of the leaves can only mean one thing: October has arrived, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October broadcast series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to check out Iowa opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, Simpson College Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Opera in October airs on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for the month of October. Check out the broadcast schedule below for the season overview, and take a look at...

Alexis Kenleigh

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April series comes to a dramatic close with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre ’s thrilling performance of Bizet’s Carmen. Their production, originally broadcast in January of 2014 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd on IPR Classical. The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen simmers with love, lust and revenge. Mezzo soprano and Iowa native, Janara Kellerman ,...

Luther College

Arias in April features a Puccini double header this weekend with Opera at Luther’s productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi , airing on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 p.m. Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are the second and third one-act operas in a three-opera collection by Puccini entitled Il trittico . Suor Angelica , the most frequently omitted opera despite being Puccini’s favorite, is a tale of religious redemption. Sister Angelica, once a member...

Des Moines Metro Opera

This week on Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April, the Des Moines Metro Opera provides glorious singing and musical mayhem with Rossini’s comedic Le Comte Ory. Their 42nd Festival Season production of Le Comte Ory will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. The story revolves around the conniving Count Ory and his unconventional amorous antics to capture the affections of Countess Adèle . While Count Ory is busy with schemes of seduction, his page Isolier...

Des Moines Metro Opera

This week’s Arias in April features Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking , performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera as part of their 42nd Festival Season, airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. Heggie’s work, based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean , tells the story of a nun acting as a spiritual guide to a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murder. It offers a haunting inside look at capital punishment in America. Mezzo soprano Elise...

Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April returns once again to showcase Opera performances in Iowa. The series kicks off with presentations of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 42nd Festival Season on Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. A tragic love story set in Paris around 1870, Verdi’s La Traviata opens our series with Alfredo Germont falling in love with the courtesan Violetta Valéry. They live happily for a time before Alfredo’s father Giorgio convinces her to leave...

Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April program is back with a month of exciting Iowa-produced operas. Our series features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2014 summer season and productions by Luther College Opera and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. For five weeks, listeners can tune in on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m. to enjoy a different production each weekend of Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April . Check IPR’s broadcast schedule below for program details. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in...

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