From Monteverdi to Mozart to Wagner to Schoenberg, Saturday Night at the Opera presents works from across the history of the art form, each in its entirety, along with scene synopses and historical background. We feature performances of classic repertoire by legendary performers, such as Bellini's Norma with Maria Callas, Verdi's Nabucco with Piero Cappuccilli, and Puccini's Turandot with Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson; 20th century classics, such as Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Berg's Wozzeck, and Britten's Peter Grimes; and operas by living composers, such as Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face, Meredith Monk's Atlas, and Einojuhani Rautavaara's Thomas. From time to time, we also devote entire shows to great voices of the past, such as Enrico Caruso, Leontyne Price, Lauritz Melchior, and Bidu Sayao. Also tune in for live interviews: composer Jack Beeson and singers Barbara Bonney, Christa Ludwig, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lauren Flanigan, Phyllis Pancella, and Dana Hanchard are some of the artists who have graced our airwaves.
Saturday 9:00pm - 1:00am