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.

  • Hippolyte et Aricie

    Episode

    Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Véronique Gens [Aricie] ** Jean-Paul Fouchécourt [Hippolyte] ** Bernarda Fink (alto) [Phèdre] ** Russell Smythe [Thésée] ** Thérèse Feighan [Diane] ** Annick Massis [L'Amour] ** Laurent Naouri [Pluton/Neptune/Jupiter] ** Florence Katz [Onone] ** Jean-Lous Georgel [Mercure/Arcas] ** Luc Coadou [Tisiphone] ** Jean-Louis Meunier [Parque] ** Jacques-François Loiseleur des Longchamps [Parque] ** Jérôme Varnier [Parque] ** Monique Simon [La Grande-Prêtresse] ** Stephan Van Dyck [Un Suivant de l'Amour] ** Kiyoko Okada [Une Prêtresse] ** Meredith Hall [Une Chasseresse] ** Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius [Nymphes de Diane, habitants de la forêt, suivants de l'Amour, prêtresses de Diane, divinités infernales, Trézéniens, matelots, chasseurs et chasseresses, bergers et bergères] ** Les musiciens du Louvre ** Marc Minkowski (conductor)
  • Die Frau ohne Schatten

    Episode

    Richard Strauss

    Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Der Kaiser] ** Julia Varady (soprano) [Die Kaiserin] ** Reinhild Runkel [Die Amme] ** Albert Dohmen [Der Geisterbote] ** José van Dam (baritone) [Barak, der Färber] ** Hildegard Behrens (soprano) [Baraks Frau] ** Sumi Jo [Die Stimme des Falken] ** Robert Gambill [Die Erscheinung eines Jünglings] ** Alzbieta Ardam [Eine Stimme von oben] ** Eva Lind [Der Hüter der Schwelle] ** Gottfried Hornik (bass) [Der Einäugige] ** Hans Franzen [Der Einarmige] ** Wilfried Gahmlich [Der Bucklige] ** Vienna Boys Choir ** Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus ** Vienna Philharmonic ** Sir Georg Solti (conductor)
  • L'incoronazione di Poppea

    Episode

    Claudio Monteverdi

    Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [La Fortuna] ** Catherine Bott [La Virtù] ** Marinella Pennicchi [Amore] ** Sylvia McNair [Poppea] ** Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Ottavia] ** Dana Hanchard [Nerone] ** Michael Chance (alto) [Ottone] ** Francesco Ellero d'Artegna [Seneca] ** Catherine Bott [Drusilla] ** Bernarda Fink (alto) [Arnalta] ** Roberto Balconi [Nutrice] ** Mark Tucker (tenor) [Soldato] ** Nigel Robson [Soldato] ** Mark Tucker (tenor) [Lucano] ** Constanze Backes [Valletto] ** Marinella Pennicchi [Damigella] ** Nigel Robson [Liberto] ** Julian Clarkson [Littore] ** The English Baroque Soloists ** John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande

    Episode

    Claude Debussy

    Colette Alliot-Lugaz [Mélisande] ** Didier Henry [Pelléas] ** Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Golaud] ** Pierre Thau [Arkel] ** Claudine Carlson [Geneviève] ** Françoise Golfier [Yniold] ** Phillip Ens [Un berger ** Un médecin] ** Chours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal [Marins en coulisse, servantes mendiants] ** Orchestre symphonique de Montréal ** Charles Dutoit (conductor)
  • Die Walküre

    Episode

    Richard Wagner

    Jon Vickers [Siegmund] ** Martti Talvela [Hunding] ** Thomas Stewart (baritone) [Wotan] ** Gundula Janowitz [Sieglinde] ** Régine Crespin (soprano) [Brünnhilde] ** Josephine Veasey [Fricka] ** Liselotte Rebmann [Gerhilde] ** Carlotta Ordassy [Ortlinde] ** Ingrid Steger [Waltraute] ** Lilo Brockhaus [Schwertleite] ** Daniza Mastilovic [Helmwige] ** Barbro Ericson [Siegrune] ** Cvetka Ahlin [Grimgerde] ** Helga Jenckel [Roßweisse] ** Berlin Philharmonic ** Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
  • Zaide

    Episode

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Lynn Dawson [Zaide] ** Hans Peter Blochwitz [Gomatz] ** Olaf Bär [Allazim] ** Herbert Lippert [Sultan Soliman] ** Christopher Purves [Osmin] ** The Academy of Ancient Music ** Paul Goodwin (conductor)
  • Agrippina

    Episode

    George Frideric Handel

    Alexandrina Pendatchanska [Agrippina] ** Jennifer Rivera [Nerone] ** Sunhae Im [Poppea] ** Bejun Mehta [Ottone] ** Marcos Fink [Claudio] ** Neal Davies [Pallante] ** Dominique Visse [Narciso] ** Daniel Schmutzhard [Lesbo] ** Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin ** René Jacobs (conductor)
  • Edgar

    Episode

    Giacomo Puccini

    Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Edgar] ** Adriana Damato [Fidelia] ** Marianne Cornetti [Tigrana] ** Juan Pons [Frank] ** Rafal Siwek [Gualtiero] ** Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ** Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ** Alberto Veronesi (conductor)
  • Mefistofele

    Episode

    Arrigo Boito

    Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass) [Mefistofele] ** Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) [Faust] ** Mirella Freni (soprano) [Margherita] ** Nucci Condò [Marta] ** Piero de Palma (tenor) [Wagner] ** Montserrat Caballé (soprano) [Elena] ** Alan Jones [Pantalis] ** Robin Leggate [Nereo] ** London Opera Chorus ** Trinity Boys' Choir ** National Philharmonic Orchestra ** Oliviero de Fabritiis (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)
  • Libuse

    Episode

    Bedrich Smetana

    Eva Urbanová [Libuse] ** Vratislav Kriz [Premysl of Stadice] ** Ludek Vele [Chrudos from Otava] ** Jan Markvart [Stahlav from Radbuza] ** Miloslav Podskalsky [Lutobor from Dobroslavsky Chlumec] ** Pavel Cervinka [Radovan from the Stone Bridge] ** Helena Kaupova [Krasava] ** Miroslava Volkova [Radmila] ** Chorus of the Prague National Theatre ** Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre ** Oliver Dohnanyi (conductor)
  • Giustino

    Episode

    George Frideric Handel

    Michael Chance (alto) [Giustino] ** Dorothea Röschmann (soprano) [Arianna] ** Dawn Kotoski [Anastasio] ** Juliana Gondek [Fortuna] ** Dean Ely [Polidarte] ** Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano) [Leocasta] ** Mark Padmore (tenor) [Vitaliano] ** Drew Minter [Amanzio] ** Dean Ely [Voce di Dentro] ** kammerchor cantamus halle ** Freiburg Baroque Orchestra ** Nicholas McGegan (conductor)