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, February 25, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Kristine Opolais starring in her first Met broadcast of her breakthrough role, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka. The dark love story about a water nymph and a human man, derived in large part from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” will also star Jamie Barton in her network role debut as the witch Ježibaba, with Katarina Dalayman as the Foreign Princess, Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, and Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Gnome.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 18, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bellini’s I Puritani, starring soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Javier Camarena, who add new roles to their Met repertories as Elvira, the heroine driven to madness, and her beloved Lord Arturo Talbot. Maurizio Benini conducts the bel canto masterpiece, which also stars baritone Alexey Markov as Riccardo Forth, the Puritan leader in love with Elvira, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Elvira’s uncle, Giorgio Walton.

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Airs Saturday, February 11, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a revival of Bizet’s Carmen starring mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her network broadcast debut as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim around the world. Tenor Roberto Aronica is the gypsy’s jealous lover, Don José, with soprano Maria Agresta as the devoted Micaëla and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering toreador Escamillo. Asher Fisch conducts the performance.

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Airs Saturday, February 4, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his network broadcast debut leading baritone Željko Lučić in the title role opposite soprano Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke. The broadcast also stars Oksana Volkova as Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni in his network broadcast debut as Sparafucile. Rigoletto will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m.

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Airs Saturday, January 28, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia starring soprano Pretty Yende as the feisty Rosina, tenor Dmitry Korchak as the love-struck Count Almaviva, and baritone Peter Mattei in the title role of the barber Figaro. Maurizio Benini conducts the performance which also stars Maurizio Muraro as Dr. Bartolo and Mikhail Petrenko as Don Basilio.

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