In celebration of the November 3, 1801 birthday of Vincenzo Bellini, we hear excerpts from various recordings of Norma, his bel canto masterpiece. Listen Saturday at 12p.m.

Addios, Part II

We continue our festival of operatic farewells with singers of the past and present – and in four languages! Listen Saturday at 12p.m.


Our hour will be filled with farewell arias and duets – plus our October Mystery Voice Quiz. Listen Saturday at 12p.m.

La forza del destino

La forza del destino is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. We’ll hear excerpts that feature such singers as Leontyne Price, Renata Tebaldi, and Enrico Caruso. Listen Saturday at 12p.m.


Peter Fox Smith explores Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and the Gluck opera of which it is a parody – as well as a couple of historic excerpts from Offenbach’s La Perichole. Listen Saturday at 12p.m.

Porgy and Bess

We’ll be listening to gems, sung by a variety of singers, from the most beloved of all American operas, George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Listen Saturday at 12p.m.

Hänsel und Gretel

We hear music from Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, with a cast that includes Ileana Cotrubas, Fredericka von Stade, and Kiri Te Kanawa. Listen Saturday at 12pm.