Airs Saturday, March 10 at 12:00 p.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, starring Gerald Finley in the title role. Andrew Davis conducts an extraordinary cast in Michael Grandage’s new production, with Bryn Terfel as Leporello, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Ellie Dehn as Donna Elvira, Isabel Leonard as Zerlina,Matthew Polenzani as Don Ottavio, James Morris as the Commendatore, and Shenyang as Masetto. Don Giovanni will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 pm EST on Saturday, March 10.
Finley last sang Don Giovanni at the Met in 2005. His other starring roles in recent seasons include the title role in the Met premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic and Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Terfel, who appears as Wotan in the Met's Ring cycles this season, sang Leporello at the Met in 1995 and 2000. He has performed the role to great acclaim all over the world, including the opening of this season at La Scala in Milan.
Rebeka made her Met debut earlier this season as Donna Anna in the premiere of Grandage’s production. Dehn has appeared at the Met as Mrs. Naidoo in the company premiere of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and as Musetta in La Bohème. Leonard sang Zerlina at the Met in 2008, and has performed two other Mozart roles with the company, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Since his 1997 Met debut, Polenzani has sung in over 250 performances with the company, in a wide range of roles, including Don Ottavio in 2004 and 2008, and Alfredo in the new production premiere of Verdi’s La Traviata last season. He will sing Alfredo later this broadcast season, when the opera will also be transmitted as part of The Met: Live in HD series, and he will open the Met’s 2012-13 season as Nemorino in a new staging of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
The single intermission will include interviews with the stars.