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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera with Ben Heppner

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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 on radio and online. What's more, you get a chance to sample the best new recordings and rediscover some of the greatest voices of the past.

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Season 4 of our “Best Operas Ever” series continues with:

November 16
Gregory Kunde presents I Puritani by V. Bellini
Ricardo Muti - conductor
Montserrat Caballe - Elvira
Alfredo Kraus - Arturo
Matteo Manuguerra - Riccardo
Julia Hamari - Enrichetta
Agostino Ferrin - Giorgio
Stefan Elenkov - Gualtiero
Dennis O’Neill - Bruno
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra

November 23
Jane Archibald presents Abduction from the Seraglio by W. A. Mozart
Jeremie Rhorer - conductor
Jane Archibald - Konstanze
Rachele Gilmore - Blonde
David Portillo - Pedrillo
Norman Reinhardt - Belmonte
Mischa Schelomianski - Osmin
Christoph Quest - Pasha Selim
Ensemble Aedes
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie

November 30
Mary Jo Heath presents Hänsel und Gretel by E. Humperdinck
Sir Colin Davis - conductor
Ann Murray - Hänsel
Edita Gruberova - Gretel
Franz Grundheber - Father (Peter)
Dame Gwyneth Jones - Mother (Gertrud)
Christa Ludwig - Witch
Barbara Bonney - Sandman
Christiane Oelze - Dew Fairy
Dresden Staatskapelle

Plus
Sumi Jo presents the Mad scene from Lucia by G. Donizetti

December 7
The Metropolitan Opera’s Radio Broadcast season commences with Akhnaten by Philip Glass.

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