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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

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Saturday 1pm–4pm on CBC Radio 2

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.

Reach us at opera@cbc.ca

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Our summer series of international opera productions wraps up with:

September 2, 2017
Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
Andrea Chénier - Yonghoon Lee
Maddalena di Coigny - Anna Pirozzi
Carlo Gérard - George Gagnidze
Bersi - J'Nai Bridges
San Francisco Opera

Saturday Afternoon at the Opera proudly presents Season 2 of Best Operas Ever:

September 9, 2017
Brett Polegato presents Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
Don Carlo - Plácido Domingo
Elisabetta di Valois - Montserrat Caballé
La Principessa d’Eboli - Shirley Verrett
Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa - Sherrill Milnes
Filippo II - Ruggero Raimondi

September 16, 2017
Jane Glover presents The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Tom Rakewell - Ian Bostridge
Anne Truelove - Deborah York
Nick Shadow - Bryn Terfel
Baba the Turk - Anne Sofie von Otter

September 23, 2017
Karen Cargill presents Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Butterfly - Maria Callas
Suzuki - Lucia Danieli
B.F. Pinkerton - Nicolai Gedda
Sharpless - Mario Borriello

September 30, 2017
Jake Heggie presents Susannah by Carlisle Floyd
Kent Nagano, conductor
Susannah Polk - Cheryl Studer
Sam Polk - Jerry Hadley
Olin Blitch - Samuel Ramey

October 7, 2017
Atom Egoyan presents Wozzeck by Alban Berg
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Wozzeck - Eberhard Wächter
Marie - Anja Silja
Drum Major - Hermann Winkler

October 14, 2017
Sandra Horst presents Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Roberto Abbado, conductor
Turandot - Éva Marton
Calàf - Ben Heppner
Liù - Margaret Price

October 21, 2017
Tracy Dahl presents La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Rodolfo - Luciano Pavarotti
Mimi - Mirella Freni
Colline - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Musetta - Elisabeth Harwood

October 28, 2017
Lawrence Brownlee presents La Fille du Régiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Bruno Campanella, conductor
Marie - June Anderson
Tonio - Alfredo Kraus

November 4, 2017
Jamie Barton presents Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Wotan - John Tomlinson
Alberich - Günter von Kannen
Loge - Graham Clark
Fasolt - Matthias Hölle
Fafner - Philip Kang
Freia - Eva Johansson

November 11, 2017
Erin Wall presents Arabella by Richard Strauss
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Arabella - Lisa della Casa
Zdenka - Hilde Gueden
Mandryka - George London

November 18, 2017
Tim Albery presents Peter Grimes (on the beach) by Benjamin Britten
Steuart Bedford, conductor
Peter Grimes - Alan Oke
Ellen Orford - Giselle Allen
Balstrode - David Kempster

November 25, 2017
Keri-Lynn Wilson presents Rusalka by Antonin Dvořák
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Rusalka - Renée Fleming
Princ - Ben Heppner
Vodník - Franz Hawlata
Jažibaba - Dolora Zajick

December 2, 2017 - The Metropolitan Opera's Radio Broadcast Season resumes.