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.


(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.)


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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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