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Roméo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 29, 2018
A scene from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., May 5 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers and Plácido Domingo conducts.

Cendrillon | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 22, 2018
A scene from Laurent Pelly's new production of Massenet'sCendrillon . Photographed here at the Santa Fe Opera.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Cendrillon is an opera described as a "fairy tale" in four acts by Jules Massenet.

Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Sat. Apr. 28 at 8pm on 90.5 FM | LIVE from Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall, conductor David Rayl presents.

Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc, Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, and Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado in Adès' "The Exterminating Angel."
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. 

Andrew Eccles

Earlier this week, the Wharton Center announced their 2018-19 season. Our fine arts expert, Jamie Paisley sat down with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand, and communications director Diane Willcox to talk about their year of classical music and a few plays coming to East Lansing.


Luisa Miller | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 8, 2018
A scene from Verdi's Luisa Miller.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

Lucia di Lammermoor | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 1, 2018
A scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with Natalie Dessay in the title role.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende.

Così Fan Tutte | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 25, 2018
A scene from Phelim McDermott's new production of Mozart'sCosì fan tutte . Photographed here at the English National Opera.
Martin Smith / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 31 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | A winning cast comes together for Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island.

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

This Saturday night, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center to present a program highlighting two local talents. However, a few months ago, one of these pieces turned from a celebratory work into a tribute, instead.


Turandot | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 18, 2018
Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf in Puccini's Turandot.
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. 

Elektra | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 11, 2018
Christine Goerke, seen here as the Dyer's Wife in Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. will sing the title role in Strauss's "Elektra in the 17-18 season.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 17 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met in Patrice Chéreau’s landmark production.

Semiramide | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 4, 2018

Sat., Mar. 10 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The culmination of the Italian phase of Rossini’s monumental yet unusual career. 

Madama Butterfly | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 25, 2018
A scene from Act I of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 3 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

La Bohème | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 18, 2018
Sonya Yonceva on set in La Bohème
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts.

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