Opera at Eight

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

  • Alcina

    Episode

    George Frideric Handel

    Renée Fleming (soprano) [Alcina]$ Susan Graham [Ruggiero]$ Natalie Dessay (soprano) [Morgana]$ Kathleen Kuhlmann [Bradamante]$ Timothy Robsinson [Oronte]$ Laurent Naouri [Melisso]$ Juanita Lascarro [Oberto]$ Les Arts Florissants$ William Christie (conductor)
  • Manon Lescaut

    Episode

    Daniel-François-Esprit Auber

    Mady Mesplé [Manon Lescaut] | Peter-Christoph Runge [Le Marquis d'Hérigny] | Jean-Claude Orliac [Le Chevalier Des Grieux] | Yves Bisson [Lescaut] | Emmy Greger [Marguerite] | Gérard Friedmann [Gervais] | Ghislaine Victorius [Zabi] | Alain Duverry [Renaud] | Bernard Fabre-Garrus [Durozeau] | Nicole Chaudeau [Madame Bancelin] | Jean Bussard [Un Domestique] | Alain Duverry [Le Sergent] | Chours de Radio France | Orchestre Lyrique de Radio-France | Jean-Pierre Marty (conductor)
  • Farnace

    Episode

    Antonio Vivaldi

    Max Emanuel Cencic [Farnace] | Ruxandra Donose [Tamiri] | Mary Ellen Nesi [Berenice] | Ann Hallenberg [Selinda] | Karina Gauvin [Gilade] | Daniel Behle [Pompeo] | Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro [Aquilio] | Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano | I Barocchisti | Diego Fasolis (conductor)
  • La finta giardiniera

    Episode

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Thomas Moser [Don Anchise] | Edita Gruberova [La Marchesa Violante Onesti/Sandrina] | Uwe Heilmann [Il Contino Belfiore] | Charlotte Margiono [Arminda] | Monica Bacelli [Il Cavalier Ramiro] | Dawn Upshaw (soprano) [Serpetta] | Anton Scharinger [Roberto/Nardo] | Concentus Musicus Wien | Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
  • Simon Boccanegra

    Episode

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Piero Cappuccilli [Simon Boccanegra] | Mirella Freni [Maria Boccanegra] | Nicolai Ghiaurov [Jacopo Fiesco] | José Carreras [Gabriele Adorno] | José van Dam [Paolo Albiani] | Giovanni Foiani [Pietro Fleville] | Antonio Savastano [Un capitano dei balestrieri] | Maria Fausta Gallamini [Un'ancella di Amelia] | Coro del Teatro alla Scala [Soldiers, sailors, populace, senators, the Doge's court] | Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala | Claudio Abbado (conductor)
  • Il Pirata

    Episode

    Vincenzo Bellini

    Maria Callas [Imogene] | Constantino Ego [Ernesto] | Pier Miranda Ferraro [Gualtiero] | Glade Peterson [Itulbo] | Chester Watson [Goffredo (Solitario)] | Regina Sarfaty [Adele] | Chorus and Orchestra of the American Opera Society | Nicola Rescigno (conductor)
  • L'Orfeo

    Episode

    Claudio Monteverdi

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) [Orfeo] | Julianne Baird [Euridice] | Lynne Dawson (soprano) [La Musica] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Messaggiera] | Nancy Argenta (soprano) [Ninfa] | Mary Nichols [Speranza] | John Tomlinson [Caronte/Sprito III] | Diana Montague (alto) [Proserpina] | Willard White [Plutone] | Mark Tucker (tenor) [Pastore I/Eco] | Nigel Robson [Pastore II/Apollo] | Michael Chance (alto) [Pastore III] | Simon Birchall (bass) [Pastore IV] | Howard Milner [Spirito I] | Nicolas Robertson [Spirito II] | The Monteverdi Choir [Coro di ninfe e pastori | Coro di spiriti] | The English Baroque Soloists | His Majestie's Sagbutts & Cornetts | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
  • Hamlet

    Episode

    Ambroise Thomas

    Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Hamlet] | June Anderson [Ophélie] | Samuel Ramey (bass) [Claudius, Roi du Danemark] | Gregory Kunde [Laërte] | Denyce Graves [La Reine Gertrude] | Jean-Philippe Courtis [Le Spectre] | Gerard Garino [Marcellus] | François Le Roux [Horatio] | Michel Trempot [Polonius] | Thierry Felix [Premier Fossoyeur] | Jean-Pierre Furlan [Second Fossoyeur] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | London Philharmonic Orchestra | Antonio de Almeida (conductor)
  • La Damnation de Faust

    Episode

    Hector Berlioz

    Richard Leech (tenor) [Faust] | Gilles Cachemaille (bass) [Méphistophélès] | Françoise Pollet [Marguerite] | Michel Philippe [Brander] | Chours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal | Orchestre symphonique de Montréal | Charles Dutoit (conductor)
  • Le Prophète

    Episode

    Giacomo Meyerbeer

    Marilyn Horne [Fidès] | James McCracken [Jean de Leyden] | Renata Scotto (soprano) [Berthe] | Jules Bastin [Le Comte d'Oberthal] | Jerome Hines [Zacharie] | Jean Dupouy [Jonas] | Christian du Plessis [Mathisen] | Oliver Broome [Paysan] | John Noble [Paysan] | Patricia Clark (soprano) [Paysanne] | Shirley Minty [Paysanne] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | Boys Choir, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Elstree | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Henry Lewis (conductor)
  • Tannhäuser

    Episode

    Richard Wagner

    Matti Salminen (bass) [Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen] | Plácido Domingo (tenor) [Tannhäuser] | Andreas Schmidt (baritone) [Wolfram von Eschenbach] | William Pell [Walther von der Vogelweide] | Kurt Rydl [Biterolf] | Clemens Bieber [Heinrich der Schreiber] | Oskar Hillebrandt [Reinmar von Zweter] | Cheryl Studer (soprano) [Elisabeth] | Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) [Venus] | Barbara Bonney (soprano) [Ein Junger Hirt] | Margaret Stobart [Erster Edelknabe] | Jeanette Wilson [Zweiter Edelknabe] | Ingrid Baier [Dritter Edelknabe] | Karen Shelby [Vierter Edelknabe] | Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden [Thüringische Ritter, Grafen und Edelleute | Edelfrauen | Ältere und jungere Pilger] | Philharmonia Orchestra | Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)
  • Thésée

    Episode

    Jean-Baptiste Lully

    Howard Crook [Thésée] | Laura Pudwell [Medée] | Ellen Hargis [Æglé] | Harry van der Kamp [Ægée] | Suzie LeBlanc [Cleone] | Mireille Lebel [Dorine | Venus | Une autre Bergere] | Amanda Forsythe [La Grande Prestresse de Minerve | Minerve | Olivier Laquerre [Arcas] | Marc Molomot [Bachus | Un Vieillard | Un Berger] | Marek Rzepka [Mars | Un Combattant] | Aaron Engebreth [Un Plaisir | Un Jeux] | Aaron Sheehan [Un autre Plaisir | Un Jeux | Un Vieillard] | Yulia Van Doren [Cerés | Une Bergere] | Teresa Wakim [Cerés | Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus | Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs (Musical Directors)