Saturday Afternoon Opera, 1-5p.m. on NEPR
Jenůfa — When the righteous sin, can they be forgiven? Karita Mattila returns to portray one of opera’s most vivid characters—a domineering stepmother forced to deal with her unwed stepdaughter’s pregnancy—who is driven to perform a monstrous act.
Sweeney Todd — Sondheim's "musical thriller" tells a story of obsession and revenge, spiced with a measure of black humor.
The Crucible — Arthur Miller's chilling dramatization of the Salem witch trials (an allegory of McCarthyism), is the basis for Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera.
Thieving Magpie — Everyone seems to be in love with Ninetta, but when she takes the blame for a theft perpetrated by a bird, her life is turned upside down. This rarely heard comic opera boasts a dazzling score and sensational situations.
Charlie Parker's Yardbird — In that empty twilight between life and death, tortured jazz soloist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius. Opera Philadelphia presents the World Premiere of this freeform expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great.
Fidelio — Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio is an inspiring tale of courage and the power of love. The internationally renowned cast features soprano Nina Stemme, who The Independent proclaims, “gave a wonderfully burnished performance as Leonore.”