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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.

MET OPERA BROADCASTS:
December 6: Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
December 13: Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg
December 20: Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro
December 27: Verdi's La Traviata
January 3: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
January 10: Verdi's Aida
January 17: Lehar's The Merry Widow
January 24: Puccini's La Boheme
January 31: Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann
February 7: Verdi's Macbeth
February 14: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
February 21: Mozart's Don Giovanni
February 28: TBA
March 7: Bizet's Carmen
March 14: Rossini's La Donna Del Lago
March 21: Massenet's Manon
March 28: Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor
April 4: Verdi's Ernani
April 11: Verdi's Don Carlo
April 18: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
April 25: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci
May 2: Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
May 9: Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress
 

OPERA IN OCTOBER,
PRESENTING PERFORMANCES BY IOWA'S OPERA COMPANIES:

Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 8:00 pm

Featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera's 42nd Festival season:
     Verdi's La Traviata: Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5
     Heggie's Dead Man Walking: Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12
     Rossini's Le Comte Ory: Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19

Featuring Luther College Opera's production of:
     Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi: Saturday, October 25 and
     Sunday, October 26

Featuring the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of:
     Bizet's Carmen: Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2

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Classical
5:57 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Double Feature of "Don Giovanni" Live Broadcasts

Baritone Christopher Burchett performs as the title role in the CROT production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
Peter Konerko

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to bring you two special live broadcasts this January featuring the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The first broadcast showcases several cast members in a snapshot Studio One performance on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at noon. The second is Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa live broadcast of the opera from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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Classical
1:48 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DMMO's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Fosters Perfect Holiday Spirit this Christmas Eve

The three wise men watch as Amahl and his mother converse
Des Moines Metro Opera

This Christmas Eve, settle in with a cup of egg nog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December of 2013. This one act opera depicts the three Wise Men stopping for shelter at the home of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they journey to find the newborn Child. Soprano Julie Makerov performs the role of the mother, and middle school boy soprano Pierce Mansfield portrays her son, Amahl. Bass-baritone W.

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Classical
3:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Opera in October Wraps Up with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's "Carmen"

Iowa native mezzo soprano, Janara Kellerman, returned to the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October 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 this year at the Parmount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd on IPR Classical.

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Classical
1:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Luther College Opera's Puccini Double Featured on Opera in October

Luther College Opera's production of Puccini's "Suor Angelica"
Luther College

Opera in October features a Puccini double header this weekend with Opera at Luther’s productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, airing on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.

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Classical
2:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Opera in October features DMMO's "Le Comte Ory" This Weekend

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory"
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week on Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October, 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, October 18 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

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Classical
12:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Exclusive IPR Interviews for Dead Man Walking, featured this week on Opera in October

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"
Des Moines Metro Opera

This summer the Des Moines Metro Opera presented their 42nd Festival Season at Blank Center for the Performing Arts on the Simpson College campus in Indianola. The mainstage performances included Verdi’s La Traviata, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. 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. Here is what Opera News and Opera Today had to say about the Des Moines Metro Opera's production:

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Classical
2:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Des Moines Metro Opera's "Dead Man Walking" on Opera in October This Week

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking."
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week’s Opera in October features the 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, October 11 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.

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Classical
2:58 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Opera in October 2014 Kicks Off with Des Moines Metro Opera and Verdi's La Traviata

The cast of the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October continues for its third year showcasing Opera performances in Iowa. The series kicks off with presentations of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 42nd Festival Season on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. 

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Deceptive Cadence
4:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

The Metropolitan Opera has settled labor contracts with two of its largest unions.
Jonathan Ticler Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 9:55 pm

A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest opera house in the world — appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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Classical
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Mikado Mayhem: Live from Studio One with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre!

Cast members of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre swing by Studio One: (from L to R) pianist Tony Nickle, Lauren Henderson-Turner, Arthur Beutel, Jessica Pray, Robin Bradley, Heather Youngquist, Daniel Lopez, and director John Hollins.

Iowa Public Radio Classical recently headed to Studio One with singers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Mikado production. The Young Artist cast, along with conductor John Hollins and pianist Tony Nickle, performed selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta while giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of their upcoming performances at the historic Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. 

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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