Sunday Night at the Opera

Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Barb Herbert aired her first Sunday Night at the Opera program on March 12, 1995. She says that she never thought it would be on the air this long. She calls it "the world's longest term paper." Barb writes, "The research is what makes it fun, because opera can teach you history, mythology and geography.

An opera can be funny, tragic, violent, silly or incomprehensible, depending upon who wrote the libretto. Never thought my bachelor's degree in English would land me a job at a radio station." 


Operas Set in Italy

June 1 - Verdi: Rigoletto (Mantua)

June 8 - Gounod: Romeo et Juliette (Verona)

June 15 - Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecci (Verona)

June 22 - Verdi: La battaglia di Legnano (Milan)

June 29 - Zandoni: Francesca da Rimini (Ravenna and Rimini)


Chicago Lyric Opera

July 6 - Verdi: Otello

July 13 - Puccini: Madama Butterfly

July 20 - Wagner: Parsifal

July 27 - Verdi: La Traviata

August 3 - J. Strauss: Die Fledrmaus

August 10 - Rossini: Barber of Seville

August 17 - Dvorak: Rusalka

August 24 - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito


Los Angeles Opera

August 31 - Verdi: I Due Foscari

September 7 - Wagner: Flying Dutchman

September 14 - Rossini: Cinderella

September 21 - Puccini: Tosca

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