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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

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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.

Reach us at opera@cbc.ca

Saturday Afternoon at the Opera’s “Best Operas Ever” series continues with:

May 19, 2018
Jamie Barton presents Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
John Tomlinson - Wotan
Günter von Kannen - Alberich
Graham Clark - Loge
Matthias Hölle - Fasolt
Philip Kang - Fafner
Eva Johansson - Freia
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

May 26, 2018
Timothy Vernon presents The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček
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 Sortilèges 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 2, 2018
Jonathan Darlington presents Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber
Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Gundula Janowitz - Agathe
Siegfried Vogel - Kuno
Edith Mathis - Annchen
Theo Adam - Kaspar
Peter Schreier - Max
Bernd Weikl - Ottokar
Leipzig Radio Chorus
Dresden Staatskapelle

June 9, 2018
Sondra Radvanovsky presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Victor de Sabata, conductor
Maria Callas - Tosca
Tito Gobbi - Scarpia
Giuseppe di Stefano - Cavaradossi
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan

June 16, 2018
Karen Cargill presents Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Maria Callas - Butterfly
Lucia Danieli - Suzuki
Nicolai Gedda - B.F. Pinkerton
Mario Borriello - Sharpless
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Milano

June 23, 2018
Brett Polegato presents Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
Don Carlo - Plácido Domingo
Montserrat Caballé - Elisabetta di Valois
Shirley Verrett - La Principessa d’Eboli
Sherrill Milnes - Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa
Ruggero Raimondi - Filippo II
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden

A summer series of international opera productions begins:
June 30, 2018
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jeremie Rhorer, conductor
Philippe Sly - Don Giovanni
Mahuel di Pierro - Leporello
Eleonora Buratto - Donna Anna
Pavol Breslik - Don Ottavio
Isabel Leonard - Donna Elvira
Julie Fuchs - Zerlina
Krzysztof Baczyk - Masetto
David Leigh - Il Commendatore
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and English Voices

July 7, 2018
Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
Giuseppe Finzi, conductor
Maurizio Muraro - Don Pasquale
Heidi Stober - Norina
Lawrence Brownlee - Ernesto
Lucas Meachem - Doctor Malatesta
Bojan Knezevic - a Notary
San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus

July 14, 2018
Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
Yonghoon Lee - Andrea Chenier
Anna Pirozzi - Maddalena de Coigny
George Gagnize - Carlo Gerard
J’nai Bridges - Bersi
Joel Sorensen - the Incredible
David Pershall - Roucher
Catherine Cook - the Countess of Coigny
Robert Pomakov - Matieu
San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus

July 21, 2018
Samson et Delila by Camille Saint-Saëns
Marco Armiliato, conductor
Elina Garanca - Dalila
Roberto Alagna - Samson
Carlos Álvarez - The High Priest of Dagon
Sorin Coliban - Abimelech, Satrap of Gaza
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

July 28, 2018
La Favourite by Gaetano Donizetti
Daniel Oren, conductor
Simone Piazzola - Alphonse XI, King of Castille
Jamie Barton - Leonor de Guzman
Marina Monzó - Ines
Javier Camarena - Fernand
Antonio Lozano - Don Gaspar
Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus

August 4, 2018
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Jonas Kaufmann - Otello
Marco Vratogna - Iago
Thomas Atkins - Roderigo
Maria Agresta - Desdemona
Simon Shibambu - Montano
Frédéric Antoun - Cassio
Kai Rüütel - Emilia
In Sung Sim - Lodovico
Ivo Stanchev - Pope Leo 1
Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

August 11, 2018
Attila by Giuseppe Verdi
Speranza Scapucci, conductor
Ildar Abdrazakov - Attila, King of the Huns
Vasily Ladyuk - Ezio
Anna Pirozzi - Odabella
Josep Bros - Foresto
Josep Fadó - Uldino
Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

August 18, 2018
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Željko Lučić - Macbeth
Anna Netrebko - Lady Macbeth
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo - Banco
Konu Kim - Malcolm
Yusif Eybazov - Macduff
Francesca Chiejina - Lady in Waiting
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

August 25, 2018
Faust by Charles Gounod
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Benjamin Bernheim - Faust
Ailyn Pérez - Marguerite
Christian Van Horn - Méphistophélès
Edward Parks - Valentin
Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus

September 1, 2018
The Demon by Anton Rubinstein
Mikhail Tatarnikov, conductor
Alexander Zymbalyuk - Prince Gudal
Asmik Grigorian - Tamara
Igor Morosow - Prince Sinodal
Roman Ialcic - Sinodal’s servant
Larisa Kostiuk - Tamara’s nurse
Egils Siliņš - Demon
Antoni Comas - Courier
Yuriy Mynenko - Angel
Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

A brand new season of our “Best Operas Ever” series begins September 8, 2018. Please stay tuned for details.