At the Opera with IPR

Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

ARIAS IN APRIL: PRESENTING PERFORMANCES BY IOWA'S OPERA COMPANIES
Featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera's 41st Festival season:
     Gounod's Romeo and Juliet: Saturday, April 5* and Sunday, April 6**
     Britten's Peter Grimes: Saturday, April 12* and Sunday, April 13**
     Richard Strauss' Elektra: Saturday, April 19* and Sunday, April 20**

Featuring the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production of:
     Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito: Saturday, April 26* and Sunday, April 27**

Featuring the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of:
     Puccini's La Boheme: Saturday, May 3* and Sunday, May 4*

*Saturday broadcast time is 7 pm
**Sunday broadcast time is 2 pm

COMING UP IN THE MET OPERA 2013 - 14 BROADCAST SEASON:
March 29 - La Sonnambula (Bellini)
April 5 - La Boheme (Puccini)
April 12 - Andrea Chenier (Giordano)
April 19 - Arabella (R. Strauss)
April 26 - Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)
May 3 - I Puritani (Bellini)
May 10 - La Cenerntola (Rossini)

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At the Opera with IPR
1:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Opera in October: CROT's La Boheme, 11/2 and 11/3

The children's chorus from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme.
Credit Jean Rude

In the final performances of the Opera in October broadcast series, Iowa Public Radio presents the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at noon.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:18 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Opera in October: UI Opera Theatre's La Clemenza di Tito, 10/26 and 10/27

From L to R: Lisa Neher as Annio, Allison Crain as Servilia, and Brian Dykes as Publio in the Act I finale of La Clemenza di Tito
Credit Todd Adamson

This week on Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series showcases the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at noon. 

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At the Opera with IPR
1:37 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Opera in October: DMMO's Elektra, 10/19 and 10/20

Brenda Harris in the title role of Richard Strauss' Elektra, performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Credit Daily Life Photography

This week on Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series features the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Richard Strauss' Elektra. The broadcast will air on Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 at noon.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:44 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Opera in October: DMMO's Peter Grimes, 10/12 and 10/13

Des Moines Metro Opera presents Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes.
Credit Daily Life Photography

Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series is proud to present the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at noon. 

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At the Opera with IPR
2:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Opera in October: DMMO's Romeo and Juliet, 10/5 and 10/6

Jason Slayden as Romeo and Sara Gartland as Juliet perform in Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

  This week on Iowa Public Radio, the Opera in October broadcast series opens with the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at noon. 

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At the Opera with IPR
1:38 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Opera in October

Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet.
Daily Life Photography

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to announce the return of the Opera in October broadcast series. Now in its second year, this series features performances by the Des Moines Metro Opera, the University of Iowa's Opera Theatre, and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Broadcasts will be every Saturday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday at noon during the month of October. The complete schedule of broadcasts is listed below, and more information on each performance will be available in the "At the Opera with IPR" section of the Iowa Public Radio website each week before the broadcast.

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Performance Iowa
12:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow

Scene from CROT's 2012 production of The Merry Widow
Credit Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April concludes with an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of The Merry Widow. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.

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Performance Iowa
11:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus

Scene from the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's 2011 performance of Die Fledermaus
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Arias in April series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.

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Performance Iowa
11:49 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Arias in April with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland.

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Performance Iowa
11:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April features an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow) on April 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 2012 season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

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Performance Iowa
9:53 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

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At the Opera with IPR
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR November 3 and 4, 2012

Iowa Public Radio concludes their Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the well-to-do widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo from the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Executive director Dr.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 27 and 28, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

At the Opera with IPR
1:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 20 and 21, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:56 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 13 and 14, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:55 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 6 and 7, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie