Opera Rara’s ‘Il Proscritto’ to Get Historic Broadcast on WFMT

By David Salazar

For the first time in its history, a performance by Opera Rara will get a broadcast on an American classical music station.

The company revealed that Chicago-based network WFMT will broadcast the recording of Mercadante’s “Il Proscritto” on July 8, 2023 starting at 12 p.m. Central time. Additionally, those who tune in will get to hear interviews with Opera Rara’s Artistic Director, Carlo Rizzi, as well as musicologist Roger Parker and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong.

“We at the WFMT Network are absolutely thrilled to feature Opera Rara’s stunning ‘Il proscritto’ in this year’s WFMT Opera Series,” said Director of WFMT Estlin Usher per the official release. “Opera Rara’s mission of bringing to light unknown, recently-rediscovered works is such an important service to the opera repertoire, and we are privileged to champion their hard work and to bring their talent and ambition to opera listeners across the United States. I am certain after these broadcasts there will be new fans of Mercadante and Opera Rara in the near future!”

The Mercadante opera stars Ramón Vargas, Iván Ayón-Rivas, Irene Roberts, Elizabeth DeShong, Sally Matthews, Goderdzi Janelidze, Alessandro Fisher, Susana Gaspar and Niall Anderson.

The broadcast will be syndicated to over 60 radio stations across the USA and accessible to nearly 350 markets.