Opera at Noon brings listeners to opera houses around the world for incredible performances of this art form that dates back to the 16th Century.

October 16: Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème – This LA Opera performance of the Barrie Kosky production of audience-favorite La Bohème stars Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimi, Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo, and Erica Petrocelli as Musetta. James Conlon conducts.

October 23: George Frideric Handel’s Orlando – Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company features Bejun Mehta in the title role, Kimberly Jones as Angelica, Emily Fons as Medoro, Erica Schuller as Dorinda, and David Govertsen as Zoroastro. Harpsichodist Jory Vinikour performs with the Haymarket Opera Ensemble, led by Craig Trumpeter.

October 30: Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment – Slovene National Opera production from the Grand Hall of the Slovene National Theare, Maribor. Marie was found on a battlefield as a infant, and was taken in by the 21st Regiment, where she was treated as a ‘daughter’. Her foster-father Sulpice tells her that she should marry a soldier from the Regiment. When Marie falls for a solider from the rival camp, Tyrolean Tonio, it looks as though she may have to choose between her family and true love.