Virginia's Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
WFMT 2021 Fall Season
WFMT Opera
Saturday at 1pm on WVTF

Operas from the finest stages around the world

From Milan to New York, Barcelona to Chicago, WFMT gives you a front-row seat to performances from some of the world’s greatest opera companies and performers.

  • With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known and lively story from One Thousand and One Nights, Alì Babà was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso, known as the “Paganini of the bass”.
  • Filled with some of the most incredible vocal fireworks ever written by Rossini, this is a tour-de-force of bel canto vocal acrobatics that you won’t want to miss. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.
  • Join us for Jean-Philippe Rameau’s touching lyrical tragedy, Hippolytus and Aricia, from the Opera Comique, Paris.
  • For his very last opera, Richard Wagner choose to deepen some of the themes that have marked his artistic and human journey: the feeling of fault, guilt, redemption, sacred love and profane desire. His opera Parsifal is a showcase of some of the most beautiful music written for opera, it takes the artform into the realms of philosophy and mystic visions, as well as being a profound exploration of the great questions at the core of our human experience. Wagner calls for an exceptional vocal quartet to accomplish this feat and we have quite the line up with Nikolai Schukoff, Matthias Goerne, Peter Rose and, for her very first Kundry, Sophie Koch.