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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera



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.

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Upcoming Broadcasts:

A summer series of international opera productions begins:

July 8, 2017
Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Clémentine 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

Don Quichotte Chez La Duchesse by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Hervé Niquet, conductor
Stephan van Dyck - Don Quichotte
Richard Biren - Sancho Panza
Meredith Hall - Altisidore
Paul Gay - The Duke / Merlin / A Japanese Man
Le Concert Spirituel, orchestra & chorus

July 15, 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 22, 2017
Proserpine by Camille Saint-Saëns
Hervé NIquet, conductor
Véronique Gens - Proserpine
Marie-Adeline Henry, angiola
Frédéric Antoun, Sabatino
Andrew Foster-Williams, Squarocca
Jean Teitgen - Renzo
Flemish Radio Orchestra and Munich Radio Orchestra

Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell
René Jacobs, conductor
Lynne Dawson - Dido
Rosemary Joshua - Belinda
Gerald Finley - Aeneas
Robin Blaze - Spirit
John Bowen - First Sailor
María Cristina Kiehr - Second Woman
Dominique Visse - First Witch
Stephen Wallace - Second Witch
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Clare College Chapel Choir

July 29, 2017
The Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Dmitri Ulyanov - Tsar Dodon
Sergei Skorokhodov - Tsarevich Gvidon
Alexey Lavrov - Tsarevich Afron
Alexander Vinogradov - General Polkan
Olseya Petrova - Amelfa
Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra

Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Richard Hickox, conductor
Linda Finnie - Maurya
Karl Daymond - Bartley
Lynne Dawson - Cathleen
Ingrid Attrot - Nora
Pamela Helen Stephen - A Woman
Northern Sinfonia

Aug. 5, 2017
The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
Henrik Nánási, conductor
Daniela Mack - Rosina
José Fardilha - Doctor Bartolo
Javier Camarena - Count Almaviva
Vito Priante - Figaro
Gyula Nagy - Fiorello
Ferruccio Furlanetto - Don Basilio
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Covent Garden

Aug. 12, 2017
Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Marco Armiliato, conductor
Anna Netrebko - Leonora
Roberto Alagna - Manrico
Ludovic Tézier - Count di Luna
Luciana D’Intino - Azucena
Jonmin Park - Ferrando
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Aug. 19, 2017
Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Simon Keenlyside - Golaud
Olga Bezsmertna - Melisande
Benjamin Bruns - Pelleas
Bernarda Fink - Genevieve
Franz-Josef Selig - Arkel
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Aug. 26, 2017
Rodelinda by G.F. Handel
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Lucy Crowe - Rodelinda
Bejun Mehta - Bertarido
Michele Angelini - Grioaldo
Sonia Prina - Eduige
Lawrence Zazzo - Unolfo
Umberto Chiummo - Garibaldo
Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra

Please check back. This schedule is subject to change and will be updated as opera productions are confirmed.