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. Listen on Saturdays at 12 p.m. on IPR Classical.

AMERICAN OPERA SERIES BROADCASTS:

(running times are approximate) 

Lyric Opera of Chicago:                          

June 10: Massenet’s Don Quichotte (2 hrs. 30 min.)   

June 17: Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1 hr. 40 min.)   

June 24: Bellini’s Norma (3 hrs.)  

July 1: Bizet’s Carmen (3 hrs. 15 min.)

July 8: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (3 hrs. 30 min.)

July 15: Mozart’s Don Giovanni (3 hrs. 20 min.)

July 22: Wagner’s Tannhäuser (3 hrs. 30 min.)

LA Opera:

July 29: Verdi’s Macbeth (2 hrs. 30 min.)         

August 5: Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (3 hrs. 45 min.)

August 12: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (2 hrs.)    

August 19: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (3 hrs. 20 min.)

August 26: Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (3 hrs.)

San Francisco Opera:

September 2: Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (3 hrs. 30 min.)

September 9: Verdi’s Aida (3 hrs. 45 min.)       

September 16: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2 hrs. 20 min.)   

September 23: Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (2 hrs.)

September 30: Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber (2 hrs. 30 min.) 

October 7: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (2 hrs. 20 min.)

October 14: Strauss’ Arabella (2 hrs. 50 min.)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

October 21: Verdi’s Falstaff (3 hrs.)

Caramoor:

October 28: Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (2 hrs. 40 min.)

November 4: Bellini’s Il Pirata (2 hrs. 20 min.)

Opera Southwest:

November 11: Rossini’s Tancredi (2 hrs. 30 min.)

November 18: Faccio’s Amleto (2 hrs. 30 min.)

Arizona Opera:

November 25: Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage (2 hrs.)

Ways to Connect

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre invaded Iowa Public Radio! Listen below for our podcast of performances and interviews from noon on Tuesday, June 13th featuring adventurous arias from the CROT’s production of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight!. The CROT’s cast features Nicole Besa, Rebecca Buechel, Lincoln Ginsberg, Ian Butler, Erin Persick, Emma Dickinson, Mitchell Gage, Wesley Frye, Nate Hill, and Kellen Schrimper.

Wolf Trap Opera

The Des Moines Metro Opera concludes Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April series with a performance from their 44th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Verdi’s Falstaff on Saturday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 7th at 11:00 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April series continues with a brilliant January performance by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. We’ll broadcast Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 p.m.

Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April 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, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 11:00 p.m.

Claire McAdams

The third opera in Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April 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, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 11:00 p.m.

Ben Easter

Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April series continues with a performance from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 44th Festival opera season. This broadcast features Jules Massenet’s Manon on Saturday, April 8th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9th at 11:00 p.m.

Claire McAdams

The lengthening days can only mean one thing: Spring has arrived, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April 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.

CROT

Performance Iowa is headed to the opera on Sunday, January 15th! We will present a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The Cavalleria rusticana cast will feature Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia), Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Tenor Chris Carr from Quasqueton will perform as Beppe in Pagliacci.

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre invaded Iowa Public Radio! Listen to our podcast from noon on Tuesday, January 10th for fabulous arias from the CROT’s production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The singers also performed selections from Samson et Dalila, Faust, and Turandot. The CROT’s principal cast features Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner, Janara Kellerman, and Teresa Buchholz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Easter Photography

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series continues with a performance from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 44th Festival opera season. This broadcast features Jules Massenet’s Manon on Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m.

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 1st at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.

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.

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 of Marine Lieutenant Cable.

Christina Patramanis

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, June 14th 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.

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 43rd festival season and productions by Simpson College Opera and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Tune in on Sunday, January 17th 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 12th 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 upcoming Paramount Theatre performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.

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.

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, musicologist, and coach for this production.

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.

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 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.

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