Opera at Eight

In addition to the opera excerpts presented throughout the day, WETA VivaLaVoce features a complete opera at 8 pm each day: Opera at 8. These opera performances are taken from the extensive WETA Classical library, ranging from classic recordings to the most recent releases.

  • Médée

    Episode

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Jill Feldman [Médée] ** Jacques Bona [Créon] ** Agnes Mellon [Créuse] ** Gilles Ragon [Jason] ** Philippe Cantor [Oronte] ** Sophie Boulin [Nérine] ** Les Arts Florissants Chœurs et Orchestre ** William Christie (conductor)
  • Khovanshchina

    Episode

    Modest Mussorgsky

    Aage Haugland (bass) [Prince Ivan Khovansky] ** Vladimir Atlantov [Prince Andrei Khovansky] ** Vladimir Popov [Prince Vasili Golitsyn] ** Anatolij Kotscherga [Shaklovity] ** Paata Burchuladze [Dosifei] ** Marjana Lipovsek (alto) [Marfa] ** Brigitte Poschner-Klebel [Susanna] ** Heinz Zednik (tenor) [Scribe] ** Joanna Borowska [Emma] ** Wilfried Gahmlich [Kuzka] ** Peter Köves [Strelyets] ** Goran Simic [Strelyets] ** Peter Köves [Varsonofiev] ** Bojidar Nikolov [Confidant of Golitsyn] ** Bojidar Nikolov [Streshnev] ** Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus ** Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Bratislava ** Vienna Boys Choir ** Vienna State Opera Orchestra ** Claudio Abbado (conductor)
  • Otello

    Episode

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Plácido Domingo [Otello] ** Cheryl Studer [Desdemona] ** Sergei Leiferkus [Jago] ** Denyce Graves [Emilia] ** Ramon Vargas [Cassio] ** Michael Schade [Roderigo] ** Ildebrando D'Arcangelo [Lodovico] ** Giacomo Prestia [Montano] ** Philippe Duminy [Un Araldo] ** Chœur de l'Opéra-Bastille [Soldiers & sailors of the Republic of Venice, Venetian nobles, Cypriots, Greek, Dalmatian & Albanian soldiers, children of the island] ** Orchestre de l'Opéra-Bastille ** Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)
  • L'elisir d'amore

    Episode

    Gaetano Donizetti

    Ileana Cotrubas (soprano) [Adina] ** Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Nemorino] ** Sir Geraint Evans [Dulcamara] ** Ingvar Wixell [Belcore] ** Lillian Watson [Gianetta] ** Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ** John Pritchard (conductor)
  • Les contes d'Hoffmann

    Episode

    Jacques Offenbach

    Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Hoffmann] ** Edita Gruberova [Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta] ** Claudia Eder [Nicklausse/La Muse] ** Andreas Schmidt (baritone) [Lindorf] ** Gabriel Bacquier [Coppélius] ** James Morris (bass) [Miracle] ** Justino Diaz [Dapertutto] ** Robert Gambill [Andrès] ** Paul Crook [Cochenille/Pitichinaccio] ** Michel Sénéchal (bass) [Frantz] ** Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) [La voix de la mère d'Antonia] ** Robin Leggate [Nathanaël] ** Gérard Friedmann [Spalanzani] ** Urban Malmberg (bass) [Hermann] ** Richard Van Allan [Schlémil] ** Kurt Rydl [Luther] ** Harald Stamm [Crespel] ** Chœurs de Radio France [Esprits invisibles, étudiants, garçons de taverne, invités de Spalanzani, laquais, invitétes de Giulietta] ** Orchestre National de France ** Seiji Ozawa (conductor)
  • La Vestale

    Episode

    Gaspare Spontini

    Anthony Michaels-Moore [Licinius] ** J. Patrick Raftery [Cinna] ** Dimitri Kavrakos [Le Souveraine Pontife] ** Aldo Bramante [Le chef des aruspices] ** Silvestro Sammaritano [Un consul] ** Karen Huffstodt [Julia] ** Denyce Graves [La Grande Vestale] ** Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala ** Riccardo Muti (conductor)
  • Fedora

    Episode

    Umberto Giordano

    Magda Olivero [La Principessa Fedora Romazoff] ** Mario del Monaco [Il Conte Loris Ipanoff] ** Tito Gobbi [M. de Siriex] ** Leonardo Monreale [Lorek] ** Lucia Cappellino [La Contessa Olga Sukarev] ** Virgilio Carbonari (bass) [Boroff] ** Silvio Maionica [Grech] ** Piero de Palma (tenor) [Il Barone Rouvel] ** Peter Binder [Cirillo] ** Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) [Dimitri] ** Ricardo Cassinelli [Désiré] ** Athos Cesarini [Sergio] ** Leonardo Monreale [Nicola] ** Aron Bokatti [Michele] ** Sergio Caspari [Un piccolo Savoiardo] ** Pascal Rogé [Boleslao Lazinski] ** Chœur de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo ** Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo ** Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)
  • Roméo et Juliette

    Episode

    Charles Gounod

    Roberto Alagna (tenor) [Roméo] ** Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) [Juliette] ** José van Dam (baritone) [Frère Laurent] ** Marie-Ange Todorovitch [Stéphano] ** Simon Keenlyside (baritone) [Mercutio] ** Alain Fondary [Capulet] ** Claire Larcher [Gertrude] ** Daniel Galvez Vallejo [Tybalt] ** Guy Flechter [Benvolio] ** Didier Henry [Pâris] ** Till Fecnher [Grégorio] ** Alain Vernhes [Le Duc] ** Christophe Fel [Frère Jean] ** Anne Constantin [Manuela] ** Doris Lamprecht [Pepita] ** Yann Beuron [Angelo] ** Chœur et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse ** Michel Plasson (conductor)
  • The Two Widows

    Episode

    Bedřich Smetana

    Jana Jonasova (soprano) [Karolina Zaleska] ** Marcela Machotkova [Anezka Miletinska] ** Miroslav Svejda (tenor) [Ladislav Podhajsky] ** Dalibor Jedlicka [Mumlal] ** Alfred Hampel (tenor) [Tonik] ** Daniela Sounova [Lidunka] ** Prague Radio Chorus ** Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra ** Jaroslav Krombholc (conductor)
  • Paride ed Elena

    Episode

    Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Magdalena Kozená [Paride] ** Susan Gritton (soprano) [Elena] ** Carolyn Sampson [Amore] ** Gillian Webster [Pallade] ** Gabrieli Consort and Players ** Paul McCreesh (conductor)
  • La bohème

    Episode

    Giacomo Puccini

    Anna Moffo [Mimì] ** Richard Tucker (tenor) [Rodolfo] ** Robert Merrill [Marcello] ** Mary Costa [Musetta] ** Giorgio Tozzi [Colline] ** Philip Maero (baritone) [Schaunard] ** Fernando Corena [Benoît] ** Giorgio Onesti [Alcindoro] ** Adelio Zagonara [Parpignol] ** Flavio Tosin [Doganiere] ** Adelio Zagonara [Sergente dei Doganieri] ** Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus ** Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)
  • Guglielmo Tell

    Episode

    Gioachino Rossini

    Giorgio Zancanaro [Guglielmo Tell] ** Chris Merritt [Arnoldo] ** Giorgio Surian [Gualtiero] ** Franco de Grandis [Melchthal] ** Amelia Felle [Jemmy] ** Luciana D'Intino [Edwige] ** Vittorio Terranova [Un pescatore] ** Alberto Noli [Leutoldo] ** Luigi Roni [Gessler] ** Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Matilde] ** Ernesto Gavazzi [Rodolfo] ** Ernesto Panariello [Un cacciatore] ** Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala ** Riccardo Muti (conductor)