The American Opera Radio Series


The American Opera Radio Series features great performances from opera companies across the United States. WNIU airs this series between seasons of the Metropolitan Opera’s Radio Broadcasts.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago

Kicking off the nine-opera series, and launching Lyric’s much-anticipated new Ring cycle, is Das Rheingold – withcaptivating performances by Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, and Štefan Margita. In the breathtaking bel canto of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, you will hear the thrilling Albina Shagimuratova (title role) opposite Piotr Beczała’s celebrated Edgardo (compared to Luciano Pavarotti by one critic). A trio of French favorites are featured: Berlioz’s mighty Les Troyens, starring powerhouse artists Susan Graham, Brandon Jovanovich, and Christine Goerke; Massenet’s Don Quichotte starring the incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen. Also in store is Mozart’s delightful The Magic Flute, featuring Kathryn Lewek’s stratospheric Queen of the Night. Don’t miss Ana María Martínez’s role debut as Tatiana opposite Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – followed by a special encore broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni from Lyric’s 60th anniversary season, starring Kwiecień in the title role, Martínez as Donna Elvira, and Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna.