Sunday Night at the Opera

Baritone José Van Dam
Nomi Baumgarti

Temptation and morality go head-to-head this week, as WCRB celebrate's Charles Gounod's 199th birthday with his opera Faust, starring baritone José Van Dam!

Soprano Jessye Norman
Carol Friedman

Enjoy an opera within and opera, as the glorious Jessye Norman stars in Richard Strauss' comic masterpiece "Ariadne auf Naxos."

Photograph of soprano Beverly Sills
Fred Fehl

Jacques Offenbach - composer of the "Can-can" and king of light Opera - wrote one "serious" opera: a fanciful setting of the life and stories of the German writer, E.T.A. Hoffmann. This week, hear a classic 1964 recording of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, starring Beverly Sills, Stuart Burrows, and Norman Treigle.

Original Program Cover to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe" at the Savoy Theatre
Victoria and Albert Museum

We take lights for granted nowadays, but lighting was not always so easy to come by. This week, tune in for the first stage production to use lightbulbs - and a fun musical romp to boot - in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe".

Conductor Gil Rose
Liz Linder

May 21, 2017

Gil Rose and Odyssey Opera present a rarely heard gem by Antonin Dvořák: his opera "Dimitrij."