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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

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Saturday 1pm–4pm

Here's where to get your weekly opera fix, presented by one of the greatest Canadian opera stars of all time. Ben Heppner hosts Saturday Afternoon at the Opera every week and brings you the legendary Live from the Met broadcasts as well as outstanding productions from the greatest opera houses around the world. Plus you get a chance to sample the best new recordings and rediscover some of the greatest voices of the past.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

From December 3, 2016 to May 13, 2017, hear the Metropolitan Opera's complete Radio Broadcast Season on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Click the link below to discover details about these MET productions.

Metropolitain Opera Schedule

Reach us at opera@cbc.ca

Following the Metropolitan Opera's Radio Broadcast Season, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera's “My Favourite Opera” series returns:

May 20, 2017
Sondra Radvanovsky presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Victor de Sabata, conductor
Tosca - Maria Callas
Scarpia - Tito Gobbi
Cavaradossi - Giuseppe di Stefano
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan

May 27, 2017
Timothy Vernon presents The Cunning Little Vixen by Leos Janacek
Charles Mackerras, conductor
Lucia Popp - Vixen
Beno Blachut - Innkeeper
Václav Zítek - Harasta
Gertrud Jahn - Cock
Ivana Mixová - Hen; Woodpecker; Innkeeper's Wife
Eva Randová - Fox
Bratislava Children's Choir
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Plus
L’enfant et les Sortileges by Maurice Ravel
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Isabel Leonard - the Child
Paul Gay - the Armchair; the tree
Yvonne Naef - The mother /The Chinese cup /The dragonfly
Anna Christy - Fire /The princess /The nightingale
Marie Lenormand - The female cat /The squirrel
Elliot Madore - The clock /The male cat
SKF Matsumoto Chorus
SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus

June 3, 2017
Jonathan Darlington presents Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber
Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Agathe — Gundula Janowitz
Kuno — Siegfried Vogel
Annchen — Edith Mathis
Kaspar — Theo Adam
Max — Peter Schreier
Ottokar — Bernd Weikl
Leipzig Radio Chorus
Dresden Staatskapelle

June 10, 2017
Judith Forst presents Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Richard Bonynge, conductor
Norma – Joan Sutherland
Agaldisa – Marilyn Horne
Pollione - John Alexander
Oroveso - Richard Cross
Clotilde - Yvonne Minton
Flavio - Joseph Ward
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

June 17, 2017
Peter Sellars presents The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell
Teodor Currentzis, conductor
Teculihuatzin/Dona Luisa — Julia Bullock
Hunahpu — Vince Yi
Dona Isabel — Nadine Koutcher
Ixbalanque — Christophe Dumaux
Don Pedrarias Davila — Markus Brutscher
Don Pedro de Alvarado — Noah Stewart
Mayan Shaman — Luthando Quave
MusicAeterna Choir & Orchestra of Perm Opera

June 24, 2017
Gerald Finley presents Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
James Levine, conductor
Otello — Placido Domingo
Desdemona — Renata Scotto
Iago — Sherrill Milnes, baritone
Cassio — Frank Little
Lodovico — Paul Plishka
Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Boy’s Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra

A summer series of international opera productions:


July 1, 2017
Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Clementine Margaine - La belle Dulcinee
Ferruccio Furlanetto - Don Quichotte
Nicola Alaimo - Sancho
Diana Newman - Pedro
Lindsay Metzger - Garcias
Jonathan Johnson - Rodriguez
Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra of Chicago

July 8, 2017
Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini
Michele Mariotti, conductor
Joyce DiDonato - Semiramide
Daniela Barcellona - Arcase
Alex Esposito - Assur
Lawrence Brownlee - Idreno
Simone Alberghini - Oroe
Belsa Benoit - Azema
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

July 15, 2017
Prosperine by Camille Saint-Saëns
Herve NIquet, conductor
Veronique Gens - Prosperine
Marie-Adeline Henry, angiola
Frederic Antoun, Sabatino
Andrew Foster-Williams, Squarocca
Jean Teitgen - Renzo
Flemish Radio Orchestra and Munich Radio Orchestra

Please check back. This schedule will be updated as future opera productions are confirmed.