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.

Metropolitan Opera

May 5: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (3 hrs.)

Lyric Opera:

May 12: Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (2 hrs. 20 min.)

May 19: Verdi’s Rigoletto (2 hrs. 30 min.)

May 26: Wagner’s Die Walküre (5 hrs.)

June 2: Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (2 hrs. 30 min.)

June 9: Puccini’s Turandot (2 hrs. 30 min.)

June 16: Bellini’s I puritani (3 hrs. 30 min.)

European Companies:

June 23: G. Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence (debut)

June 30: Verdi’s Macbeth (3 hrs. 20 min.)

July 7: Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (2 hrs. 30 min.)

July 14: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2 hrs. 30 min.)

July 21: Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (2 hrs. 30 min.)

July 28: Wagner’s Lohengrin (4 hrs.)

August 4: Glyndebourne’s Pelléas et Mélisande (4 hrs.)

Lyric Opera:

August 11: Mozart’s Così fan tutte (3 hrs. 30 min.)

August 18: Gounod’s Faust (2 hrs. 30 min.)

August 25: Wagner’s Das Rheingold (2 hrs. 30 min.)

September 1: J. López’s Bel Canto (3 hrs.)

LA Opera:

September 8: Bizet’s Carmen (3 hrs. 30 min.)

September 15: Verdi’s Nabucco (3 hrs.)

September 22: Bellini’s Norma (3 hrs.)

September 29: Puccini’s and Leoncavallo’s Gianni Schicci & Pagliacci (2 hrs. 30 min.)

October: 6: J. Heggie’s Moby Dick (2 hrs. 30 min.)

San Francisco Opera:

October 13: Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (3 hrs.)

October 20: Rossini’s Barber of Seville (3 hrs.)

October 27: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (2 hrs. 30 min.)

November 3: B. Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber (2 hrs. 30 min.)

November 10: Getty’s and Debussy’s Usher House & La chute de la maison Usher (2 hrs. 30 min.)

Opera Delaware:

November 17: Rossini’s Semiramide (3 hrs. 30 min.)

Opera Southwest:

November 24: Rossini’s William Tell (3 hrs. 30 min.)

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

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:

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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