At the Opera with IPR

Saturdays at noon on IPR Classical

At the Opera with IPR showcases some of the best opera productions from Iowa and across the country. Join us weekly for productions by local and national companies, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the UNI School of Music/Opera Theatre, the Met Opera, San Fransisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera, among others. Listen on Saturdays at noon on IPR Classical.

Metropolitan Opera Productions: airs at noon on IPR Classical

December 7: Glass' Akhnaten

December 14: Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades

December 21: Verdi's Macbeth

December 28: Mozart's The Magic Flute

January 4: Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier

January 11: Berg's Wozzeck

January 18: Verdi's La Traviata

January 25: Puccini's La bohème

February 1: Gershwin's Porgy & Bess

February 8: Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust

February 15: Massenet's Manon

February 22: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro

February 29: Handel's Agrippina

March 7: Mozart's Così fan tutte

March 14: Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer

March 21: Rossini's La Cenerentola

March 28: Massenet's Werther

April 4: Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice

April 11: Puccini's Tosca

April 18: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

April 25: Puccini's Turandot

May 2: Janáček's Káťa Kabanová May 9: Donizetti''s Maria Stuarda 

The Metropolitan Opera HD Theater Transmissions Schedule:

  • January 11: Berg's Wozzeck
  • February 1: Gerswhin’s Porgy & Bess
  • February 29: Handel’s Agrippina 
  • March 14: Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
  • April 11: Puccini’s Tosca
  • May 9: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

HD Theater Locations:

  • College Square Theater, Cedar Falls
  • Cinemark 20 Jordan Creek and XD, West Des Moines
  • Cinemark Movies 12, Ames
  • Rave Cinemas Rave Davenport 53 and IMAX, Davenport
  • Promenade Cinema, Sioux City
  • Marcus Theatres – Sycamore 12, Iowa City
  • Marcus Cedar Rapids Cine, Cedar Rapids
  • AMC Classic Star Dubuque 14, Dubuque
  • IPR’s Arias in April Broadcast Schedule:

    • April 4th at 8 PM and April 5th at 10 PM: La Bohème
    • April 11th at 8 PM and April 12th at 10 PM: Candide
    • April 18th at 8 PM and April 19th at 10 PM: Wozzeck
    • April 25th at 8 PM and April 26th at 10 PM: Orpheus in the Underworld
    • May 2nd at 8 PM and May 3rd at 10 PM: The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius
  • The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre upcoming performances:

    • January 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM: Young’s The Enchanted Forest
    • January 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM and January 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids
    • June 2020: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

    For more information, visit www.cr-opera.org

  • The Des Moines Metro Opera upcoming performances:

    • January 31 and February 2, 2020: Poulenc’s The Human Voice, Grand View University, Dubuque
    • February 16, 2020: Zachary James, bass-baritone, on Broadway, Plymouth Church, Des Moines
    • June 26, June 28, July 4, 9, 14, 16, 19, 2020: Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
    • June 27, July 3, 12, 17, 2020: Rameau’s Platée
    • July 5, 7, 10, 18, 2020: Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
    • July 11, 2020: Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers, Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines

    For more information, visit www.desmoinesmetroopera.org

 

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Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series is proud to present the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at noon. 

Des Moines Metro Opera

  This week on Iowa Public Radio, the Opera in October broadcast series opens with the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at noon. 

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Iowa Public Radio is pleased to announce the return of the Opera in October broadcast series. Now in its second year, this series features performances by the Des Moines Metro Opera, the University of Iowa's Opera Theatre, and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Broadcasts will be every Saturday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday at noon during the month of October. The complete schedule of broadcasts is listed below, and more information on each performance will be available in the "At the Opera with IPR" section of the Iowa Public Radio website each week before the broadcast.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April concludes with an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of The Merry Widow. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.

UNI Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Arias in April series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.

Des Moines Metro Opera

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Arias in April with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland.

Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April features an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow) on April 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 2012 season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

Iowa Public Radio concludes their Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the well-to-do widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo from the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Executive director Dr.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie

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