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It’s time for a new season of LA Opera On-Air with KUSC’s resident opera expert Jennifer Miller. Tune in Saturdays at 10AM as Jennifer takes you through some of LA Opera’s most exciting productions. See what’s coming up below.

Saturday, May 18, 10 AM
Verdi’s Don Carlo
It’s one of Verdi’s grandest creations, with rich orchestrations, thundering choruses and an endless flow of rapturous melodies. Plácido Domingo (in the baritone role of Rodrigo) joins a remarkable cast in an enthralling tale of resistance, romance and rivalry, conducted by James Conlon.

Saturday, May 25, 10 AM
Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus
Rome, the most powerful capital in the ancient world, falls vulnerable to power players seeking glory. To keep his crown and save the city he loves, Emperor Titus faces the ultimate choice between mercy or murder. James Conlon conducts a performance led by Russell Thomas, one of the hottest tenors of our time.

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM
Verdi’s Macbeth
Plácido Domingo as a villain? The tenor-turned-baritone is cast against type in Verdi’s early Shakespearean thriller. Macbeth’s transformation into a hardened killer and Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness over their bloody deeds never sounded so beautiful, under the masterful baton of James Conlon.

Saturday, June 8, 10 AM
Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
Offenbach’s final masterpiece veers from comedy to suspense to tragedy, with a few supernatural twists along the way. Superstar tenor Vittorio Grigolo portrays an at-the-end-of-his-ropes poet, relating the stories of the three women who broke his heart. Plácido Domingo conducts.

Saturday, June 15, 10 AM
Bizet’s Carmen
It might be the world’s most popular opera and it’s easy to see why. Ana María Martínez and Brandon Jovanovich star as two lovers who should never ever ever get back together and James Conlon conducts Bizet’s thrill-a-minute score.