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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera



Saturday 1pm–4pm on CBC Music

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.

Wondering what you heard on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera? Discover what is was at our Playlogs.

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(The following schedule is subject to change.)

A brand new season of our “Best Operas Ever” series continues with...

November 17, 2018
Tenor Stephen Costello presents Rigoletto by G. Verdi
Luciano Pavarotti - Duke of Mantua
Sherrill Milnes - Rigoletto, his court jester
Joan Sutherland - Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter
Martti Talvela - Sparafucile, a professional assassin
Huguette Tourangeau - Maddalena, Sparafucile’s sister
Kiri Te Kanawa - Countess Ceprano
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor

November 24, 2018
Hadrian by Rufus Wainwright
Thomas Hampson - Hadrian
Karita Mattila - Plotina
Isaiah Bell - Antinous
Ambur Braid - Sabina
Ben Heppner - Dinarchus
David Leigh - Turbo
Canadian Opera Company Chorus and Orchestra
Johannes Debus - conductor

December 1, 2018 to May 11, 2019
The 2018 - 2019 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast Season returns to CBC Music beginning with A. Boito's Mefistofele. Please see the Metropolitan Opera website for more details.

Details of future broadcasts will appear here as they become available.