Wagner’s Ring and Operatic Storms

In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Das Rheingold, we present Anna Russel’s famous analysis of Wagner’s Ring Cycle – plus a consideration of operatic storms. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.

Talvela, Price, Domingo

Saturday’s broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is an archive performance of Verdi’s La forza del destino with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela; and on A Passion for Opera we’ll hear recordings by these three superb singers. Plus the March Mystery Voice Quiz. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.

Francesca da Rimini

We hear excerpts from a 1969 recording of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini with Magda Olivero in the title role. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.

Mr. & Mrs.

We’ll hear a program of operatic duets by singers who were married to each other – plus the February "Mystery Voice Quiz." Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.


Peter Fox Smith explores with us some of the melodic gems, comedic monologues, and masterly ensembles that are woven into the unbroken stream of music that is Verdi’s final masterpiece, Falstaff. Listen Saturday at 12 p.m.

Mozart & Richard Strauss

In celebration of the January 27, 1756 birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and of the January 26, 1790 premiere of his opera Così fan tutte, and of the January 26, 1911 premiere of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – we’ll hear excerpts from these two wonderful operas.