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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.

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

September 22, 2018
Contralto and Conductor Nathalie Stuzmann presents Tannhäuser by R. Wagner
René Kollo - Tannhäuser
Helga Dernesch - Elisabeth
Victor Braun - Wolfram von Eschenbach
Christa Ludwig - Venus
Hans Sotin - Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen
Werner Hollweg - Walther von der Vogelweide
Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Georg Solti - conductor

September 29, 2018
Conductor John Nelson presents Les Troyens by H. Berlioz
Joyce DiDonato - Dido
Michael Spyres - Aeneas
Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Cassandra
Stéphane Degout - Coroebus
The Choir of the National Opera of Rhin
The Badischer State Opera Choir (Karlsruhe)
Strasbourg Philharmonic Choir
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
John Nelson - conductor

October 6, 2018
Conductor Stephen Lord presents Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini
Renata Scotto - Madama Butterfly
Anna di Stasio - Suzuki
Carlo Bergonzi - Pinkerton
Rolando Panerai - Sharpless
Chorus and Orchestra of the Rome Opera
John Barbirolli - conductor

October 13, 2018
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe presents The Ballad of Baby Doe by D. Moore
Beverly Sills, soprano - Baby Doe
Walter Cassel, baritone - Horace Tabor
Frances Bible, mezzo-soprano - Augusta Tabor
Beatrice Krebs, contralto - Mama McCourt - Baby Doe’s mother
New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Emerson Buckley - conductor

October 20, 2018
Opera Director Keith Cerny presents Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss
Deborah Voigt - Primadonna/Ariadne
Anne Sofie von Otter - The Composer
Natalie Dessay - Zerbinetta
Ben Heppner - Bacchus
Albert Dohmen - A Music Teacher
Klaus Florian Vogt - An Officer
Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor

October 27, 2018
Soprano Measha Brueggergosman presents Dialogues of the Carmelites by F. Poulenc
Maria Ewing - Blanche de la Force
Régine Crespin - Madame de Croissy
Jessye Norman - Mother Lidoine
Florence Quivar - Mother Marie
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Manuel Rosenthal - conductor

Please stay tuned for details of future broadcasts.