Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Season

Saturday's at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Margaret Juntwait

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history. This season kicks off on December 3, 2016, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and run  through May 13, 2017 with a new production of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. The season will feature Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bizet's carmen, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Puccini’s La Boheme, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Verdi’s Aida, and much more. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 13, 2017. Mary Jo Heath will be the season’s new host.

Download a PDF version of this years broadcast schedule here.

    

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Airs Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 12 noon. Anna Netrebko returns to the Met in her acclaimed interpretation of the heroine Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, opposite Peter Mattei in the title role, which he has also sung with the company to great praise. Robin Ticciati conducts the performance of Deborah Warner’s production, which also features Alexey Dolgov as Onegin’s friend Lenski, Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga, and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

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Airs Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Aida, starring Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess. Conducted by Italian maestro Daniele Rustioni, who makes his Met debut this season, the opera also stars Violeta Urmana as Aida’s formidable rival Amneris, Riccardo Massi as the Egyptian war hero Radamès, and George Gagnidze as Aida’s father Amonasro, with James Morris as the high priest Ramfis and Soloman Howard as the King of Egypt.

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Airs Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast from earlier this season, the Met’s new production of Wagner’s epic tragedy Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme leads the cast in her first Met performances of her signature role, Isolde, which she has sung to acclaim with major opera companies around the world.

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Airs Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 12 noon. Sebastian Weigle returns to the Met to conduct his second Saturday broadcast with the company, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan. Fidelio, which was last seen at the Met in 2006, tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan, a political prisoner.

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Airs Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 12 noon. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts his third broadcast of the 2016-17 Metropolitan Radio Broadcast season, Mozart’s early masterpiece Idomeneo. The opera, which Levine first conducted at the Met in 1982, stars tenor Matthew Polenzani in his Met role debut as the king Idomeneo, with soprano Nadine Sierra in her role debut as Ilia, soprano Elza van den Heever as Elettra, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Idomeneo’s son Idamante, and baritone Alan Opie as Idomeneo’s confidant Arbace.

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