Opera Schedule

KHFM Presents The 2021 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

Handel Double-Bill: Acis and Galatea & Apollo e Dafne
June 12, 2021

PRESENTING COMPANY: Haymarket Opera Company

COMPOSER: George Frideric Handel
LIBRETTO: John Gay (Acis and Galatea), G.F. Handel (Apollo e Dafne)

CAST: Acis and Galatea
Acis Michael St. Peter
Galatea Kimberly Jones
Polyphemus David Govertsen
Damon Kaitlin Foley
Chorus Kaitlin Foley, Mallory Harding, Ryan Townsend Strand, Jianghai Ho, Dorian McCall

CAST: Apollo e Dafne  
Apollo Ryan de Ryke
Dafne Erica Schuller

ENSEMBLE: Haymarket Ensemble
CONDUCTOR: Craig Trompeter
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chase Hopkins
FILM DIRECTOR: Garry Grasinski
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Lindsey Lyddan
AUDIO ENGINEER: Mary Mazurek
COVID COMPLIANCE OFFICER:Kait Samuels
ORIGINAL ART: Zuleyka V. Benitez

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 48 minutes

Tosca (in Italian)
June 19, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Giacomo Puccini
LIBRETTO: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa

CAST:
Tosca Angela Gheorghiu
Cavaradossi Jonas Kaufmann
Scarpia Sir Bryn Terfel
Spoletta Hubert Francis
Angelotti Lukas Jakobski
Sacristan Jeremy White
Sciarrone Zheng Zhou
Shepherd Boy William Payne

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Sir Antonio Pappano

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Les vêpres siciliennes (in French)
June 26, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO: Eugène Scribe & Charles Duveyrier

CAST:
Hélène Lianna Haroutounian
Henri Bryan Hymel
Procida Erwin Scrott
Guy de Montfort Michael Volle
Thibault Neal Cooper
Ninetta Michelle Daly
Daniéli Nicolas Darmanin
Mainfroid Jung Soo Yun
Robert Jihoon Kim
Le Sire de Béthune Jean Teitgen
Le Comte de Vaudemont Jeremy White

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Sir Antonio Pappano

Approx. Length: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Don Giovanni (in Italian)
July 3, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
LIBRETTO: Lorenzo Da Ponte

CAST:
Don Giovanni Mariusz Kwiecien
Leporello Alex Esposito
Commendatore Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Donna Elvira Véronique Gens
Donna Anna Malin Byström
Don Ottavio Antonio Poli
Zerlina Elizabeth Watts
Masetto Dawid Kimberg

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Nicola Luisotti

Approx. Length: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Tannhäuser (in German)
July 10, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO: Richard Wagner

CAST:
Tannhäuser Peter Seiffert
Wolfram von Eschenbach Christian Gerhaher
Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen Stephen Milling
Elisabeth, Hermann’s niece Emma Bell
Venus Sophie Koch
Walther von der Vogelweide Ed Lyon
Heinrich der Schreiber Samuel Sakker
Biterolf Michael Kraus
Reinmar von Zweter Jeremy White
A Young Shepherd Duncan Tarboton
Elisabeth’s attendants Kiera Lyness, Deborah Peake-Jones, Louise Armit, Kate McCarney

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Hartmut Haenchen

Approx. Length: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Der Rosenkavalier (in German)
July 17, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Richard Strauss
LIBRETTO: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

CAST:
The Marschallin, Princess Marie Thérèse von Werdenberg Renée Fleming
Octavian, Count Rofrano Alice Coote
Sophie van Faninal Sophie Bevan
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Matthew Rose
Faninal Jochen Schmeckenbecher
Valzacchi Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Annina Angela Simkin
Italian Singer Giorgio Berrugi
Marschallin’s Major Domo Samuel Sakker
Faninal’s Major Domo Thomas Atkins
Marianne Leitmetzerin Miranda Keys
Innkeeper Alasdair Elliott
Police Inspector Scott Conner
Notary Jeremy White
Lackey / Waiter Dominic Barrand

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Andris Nelsons

Approx. Length: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (in Russian)
July 24, 2021

VENUE: Royal Opera House
PRESENTING COMPANY: Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Dmitri Shostakovich
LIBRETTO: Dmitri Shostakovich & Alexander Preys

CAST:
Katerina Ismailova Eva-Maria Westbroek
Sergey Brandon Jovanovich
Boris Ismailov Sir John Tomlinson
Zinovy Ismailov John Daszak
Sonyetka Aigul Akhmetshina
Aksinya Rosie Aldridge
Shabby Peasant Peter Bronder
Priest Wojtek Gierlach
Police Inspector Mikhail Svetlov
Teacher Thomas Atkins
Old Convict Paata Burchuladze
Female Convict Miranda Keys
Steward/Sentry Simon Shibambu
Coachman/Second Workman Hubert Francis
Porter Jonathan Fisher

ENSEMBLE: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CHORUS: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CONDUCTOR: Sir Antonio Pappano

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Il Trovatore (in Italian)
July 31, 2021

VENUE: Swedish Royal Opera House, Stockholm
PRESENTING COMPANY: Swedish Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO: Salvatore Cammarano & Leone Emanuele Bardare

CAST:
Manrico Jussi Björling
Leonora Hjördis Schymberg
Azucena Kerstin Meyer
Il conte di Luna Hugo Hasslo
Ferrando Erik Saedén
Ines Ingeborg Kjellgren
Ruiz Olle Sivall
Un vecchio zingaro Bertil Alstergård
Un messo Sture Ingebretzen

ENSEMBLE: Swedish Royal Opera Orchestra
CHORUS: Swedish Royal Opera Chorus
CONDUCTOR: Herbert Sandberg

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Elektra (in German)
August 7, 2021

VENUE: Swedish Royal Opera House, Stockholm
PRESENTING COMPANY: Swedish Royal Opera

COMPOSER: Richard Strauss
LIBRETTO: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

CAST:
Elektra Birgit Nilsson
Klytaemnestra Barbro Ericson
Chrysothemis Berit Lindholm
Orest Erik Saedén
Aegisth Kåge Jehrlander
Orest’s tutor Erik Sundquist
Klytaemnestra’s confidante Kjerstin Dellert
Klytaemnestra’s trainbearer Maj-Lis Tollbo
Young servant John-Erik Jacobsson
Old servant Sven-Erik Jacobsson
An overseer Margareta Bergström
First Maid Ileana Peterson
Second Maid Margot Rödin
Third Maid Ingeborg Kjellgren
Fourth Maid Eva Prytz
Fifth Maid Laila Andersson

ENSEMBLE: Swedish Royal Opera Orchestra
CHORUS: Swedish Royal Opera Chorus
CONDUCTOR: Berislav Klobucar

Approx. Length: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Manon (in French)
August 14, 2021

VENUE: Opéra Bastille, Paris
PRESENTING COMPANY: Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera)

COMPOSER: Jules Massenet
LIBRETTO: Henri Meilhac & Philippe Gille

CAST:
Manon Pretty Yende
Le Chevalier des Grieux Benjamin Bernheim
Lescaut Ludovic Tézier
Le comte des Grieux Roberto Tagliavini
Guillot de Morfontaine Rodolphe Briand
de Brétigny Pierre Doyen
Poussette Cassandre Berthon
Javotte Alix Le Saux
Rosette Jeanne Ireland
Innkeeper Philippe Rouillon
First Guard Julien Joguet
Second Guard Laurent Laberdesque

ENSEMBLE: Paris Opera Orchestra
CHORUS: Paris Opera Chorus
CHORUS DIRECTOR: José Luís Basso
CONDUCTOR: Dan Ettinger

Approx. Length: 3 hours, 5 minutes

The Demon (in Russian)
August 21, 2021

VENUE: Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux
PRESENTING COMPANY: Opéra National de Bordeaux

COMPOSER: Anton Rubinstein
LIBRETTO: Pavel Viskovatov & Mikhail Lermontov

CAST:
Old Servant of Prince Sinodal Luc Bertin-Hugault
Nanny Svetlana Lifar
Prince Gudal Alexandros Stavrakakis
The Angel Ray Chenez
Prince Sinodal Alexey Dolgov
Tamara Evgenia Muraveva
The Demon Nicolas Cavallier
Messenger Paul Gaugler

ENSEMBLE: Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
CHORUS: Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Limoges Opera Chorus
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Salvatore Caputo, Edward Ananian-Cooper
CONDUCTOR: Paul Daniel

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Parsifal (in German)
August 28, 2021

VENUE: Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
PRESENTING COMPANY: Opéra du Capitole de Toulouse

COMPOSER: Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO: Richard Wagner

CAST:
Parsifal Nikolai Schukoff
Kundry Sophie Koch
Gurnemanz Peter Rose
Amfortas Matthias Goerne
Klingsor Pierre-Yves Pruvot
Titurel Julien Véronèse
First Flowermaiden Andreea Soare
Second Flowermaiden/First Squire Marion Tassou
Third Flowermaiden Adèle Charvet
Fourth Flowermaiden Elena Poesina
Fifth Flowermaiden Céline Laborie
Sixth Flowermaiden/Second Squire/Voice from Heaven Juliette Mars
First Knight of the Grail Kristofer Lundin
Second Knight of the Grail Yuri Kissin
Third Squire Enguerrand de Hys
Fourth Squire François Almuzara

ENSEMBLE: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
CHORUS: Chorus of the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse; Children’s Choir of the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse; Montpellier-Occitanie National Opera Chorus
CONDUCTOR: Frank Beermann

Approx. Length: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Hippolyte et Aricie (in French)
September 4, 2021

VENUE: Opéra Comique, Paris
PRESENTING COMPANY: Opéra Comique

COMPOSER: Jean-Philippe Rameau
LIBRETTO: Simon-Joseph Pellegrin

CAST:
Hippolyte Reinoud Van Mechelen
Aricie Elsa Benoit
Thésée Stéphane Degout
Oenone Séraphine Cotrez
Diane Eugénie Lefebvre
Prêtresse de Diane, Chasseresse, Metelote, Bergère Léa Desandre
Tisiphone Edwin Fardini
Second Parque Martial Pauliat
First Parque Constantin Goubet
Mercure Guillaume Gutiérrez

ENSEMBLE: Pygmalion Ensemble
CHORUS: Pygmalion Chorus
CONDUCTOR: Raphaël Pichon

Approx. Length: 2 hours, 35 minutes

PLEASE NOTE: The Opera Series continues until the end of November, with more information to be released in the coming months. The second part of the Opera Series will feature American opera companies, with selections from LA Opera, Opera Southwest, and more. Stay tuned!