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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera with Ben Heppner

Saturday 1pm–4pm (2 pm AT, 2:30 NT) on CBC Music

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Here's where to get your weekly opera fix, presented by one of the greatest Canadian opera stars of all time. Ben Heppner hosts Saturday Afternoon at the Opera every week and brings you the legendary Live from the Met broadcasts as well as outstanding productions from the greatest opera houses around the world. Plus you get a chance to sample the best new recordings and rediscover some of the greatest voices of the past. Reach us at opera@cbc.ca Beginning May 18, 2019, Our “Best Operas Ever” series returns. May 18, 2019Baritone Gerald Finley presents Otello by Giuseppe VerdiJames Levine, conductorOtello — Placido DomingoDesdemona — Renata ScottoIago — Sherrill MilnesCassio — Frank LittleLodovico — Paul PlishkaAmbrosian Opera Chorus and Boy’s ChorusNational Philharmonic Orchestra May 25, 2019Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe presents The Ballad of Baby Doe by D. MooreEmerson Buckley - conductorBaby Doe - Beverly SillsHorace Tabor - Walter CasselAugusta Tabor - Frances BibleMama McCourt (Baby Doe’s mother) - Beatrice KrebsNew York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra June 1, 2019Baritone Brett Polegato presents Don Carlo by Giuseppe VerdiCarlo Maria Giulini, conductorDon Carlo - Plácido DomingoElisabetta di Valois - Montserrat CaballéLa Principessa d’Eboli - Shirley VerrettRodrigo, Marchese di Posa - Sherrill MilnesFilippo II - Ruggero RaimondiAmbrosian Opera ChorusRoyal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden June 8, 2019Soprano Tracy Dahl presents La Boheme by Giacomo PucciniHerbert von Karajan, conductorRodolfo - Luciano PavarottiMimi - Mirella FreniColline - Nicolai GhiaurovMusetta - Elisabeth Harwood June 15, 2019Tenor Lawrence Brownlee presents La Fille du Régiment by Gaetano DonizettiBruno Campanella, conductorMarie - June AndersonTonio - Alfredo KrausSulpice - Michel TrempontMarquise - Hélia T’HézanOrchestra and Chorus of Théâtre National De L'Opéra De Paris June 22, 2019Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton presents Das Rheingold by Richard WagnerDaniel Barenboim, conductorWotan - John TomlinsonAlberich - Günter von KannenLoge - Graham ClarkFasolt - Matthias HölleFafner - Philip KangFreia - Eva JohanssonBayreuth Festival Orchestra June 29, 2019Conductor Jonathan Darlington presents Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von WeberCarlos Kleiber, conductorAgathe - Gundula JanowitzKuno - Siegfried VogelAnnchen - Edith MathisKaspar - Theo AdamMax - Peter SchreierOttokar - Bernd WeiklLeipzig Radio ChorusDresden Staatskapelle Details of future broadcasts will appear here as they become available.

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