Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera is presenting a performance of Verdi's "La Traviata" this weekend. The part of Violetta will be sung by soprano Larisa Martinez, who will be making her debut in the lead role on Saturday night. 

Carla Eckels: Your role as Violetta is a very demanding role. How did you go about embracing that?

Larisa Martinez: Prepare, prepare, practice, practice. I've been working on it a long time now — ever since I auditioned and got the role. You need to have a really good vocal technique so that you can make it to the end.

Nadya Faulx

Opera star Samuel Ramey has enjoyed a stellar career singing all over the world. In fact, he reigns as the most recorded bass in history.

The Kansas native and three-time Grammy winner will grace the stage tonight as deposed King Timur in Wichita Grand Opera’s New Production of Turandot. Ramey talks with KMUW’s Carla Eckels about the performance and some of his achievements over the years.

The Wichita Grand Opera Takes On William Tell

Feb 20, 2014
Hugo Phan

He shot an arrow through the apple which was on his son’s head. It was a test of an archer’s loyalty. But the creation of the opera, William Tell, is a test of talent for the singers. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports.

It is a rare experience – not once in a lifetime – but once in a great while, that we get the opportunity to see a production of William Tell. It has an epic scale of staging, almost operatic; but it is the difficulty and complexity of the music which really puts it beyond the reach of many companies. Not for the Wichita Grand Opera. The WGO takes on William Tell!