WFMT Radio American Opera Series

The American Opera Series
May 12 – November 24, 2018

The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. You can enjoy this wonderful broadcast series every Saturday afternoon from May through November on our local classical music station, WKYL-FM (102.1) at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. This year the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, OperaDelaware, Opera Southwest, and an especially exciting partnership with the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union to bring operas from The Royal Opera, Roundhouse, Scottish Opera, Opera North, and Glyndebourne. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series for 2018 brings distinction to your station’s schedule, and unmatched enjoyment to your listeners.

These broadcasts on WKYL-FM begin at 1:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturdays.

Highlights of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series for 2018 include:

  • A stellar performance of the rarely-performed 1774 French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Lawrence Brownlee and Albina Shagimuratova in Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I Puritani, also from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • A broadcast of the world premiere of George Benjamin’s third opera, Lessons in Love and Violence, presented by The Royal Opera with the composer at the podium and featuring Stéphane Degout and Barbara Hannigan
  • San Francisco Opera‘s presentation of Giordano’s verismo opera Andrea Chénier, starring Yonghoon Lee, Anna Pirozzi, and J’Nai Bridges
  • The audience-favorite William Tell, presented by Opera Southwest and starring Sean Anderson, and Claudia Chapa
  • OperaDelaware‘s presentation of Rossini’s last Italian opera, the beautiful and virtuosic Semiramide with Lindsay Ohse, Aleksandra Romano, and Daniel Mobbs


Lyric Opera of Chicago, Part I 

May 12    Orphée et Eurydice / Gluck

May 19    Rigoletto / Verdi

May 26    Die Walküre / Wagner

June 2     The Pearl Fishers / Bizet

June 9     Turandot / Puccini

June 16   I Puritani / Bellini


Operas from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union

June 23    Lessons in Love and Violence / G. Benjamin / Royal Opera

June 30    Macbeth / Verdi / Royal Opera

July 7        The Return of Ulysses / Monteverdi / Royal Opera & Roundhouse

July 14      Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky / Scottish Opera

July 21      Un Ballo in Maschera / Verdi / Opera North

July 28      Lohengrin / Wagner / Royal Opera

August 4   Pelléas et Mélisande / Debussy/ Glyndebourne

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Part II

August 11       Così fan tutte / Mozart

August 18        Faust / Gounod

August 25        Das Rheingold / Wagner

September 1   Bel Canto / J. López

LA Opera

September 8     Carmen / Bizet

September 15   Nabucco / Verdi

September 22   Norma / Bellini

September 29   Gianni Schicci & Pagliacci / Puccini, Leoncavallo

October 6          Moby Dick / J. Heggie

San Francisco Opera

October 13       Andrea Chénier / Giordano

October 20       Barber of Seville / Rossini

October 27       Don Pasquale / Donizetti

November 3     Dream of the Red Chamber / B. Sheng

November 10   Usher House & La chute de la maison Usher / Getty, Debussy


November 17   Semiramide / Rossini

Opera Southwest

November 24   William Tell / Rossini