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, March 3, at 12 pm.  The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Aida, starring Violeta Urmana as the enslaved Ethiopian princess.

Airs Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 noon.   The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Ernani, featuring an acclaimed cast. The rising young American soprano Angela Meade is Elvira; Marcello Giordani is her beloved, the bandit Ernani; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto play her noble suitors, Carlo and Silva. Ernani will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 25.

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2006

Airs Saturday, February 18 at 12:00 noon.   The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Rossini’s comic favorite Il Barbiere di Siviglia – The Barber of Seville. Soprano Diana Damrau, who starred in the 2006 premiere of Bartlett Sher’s production, reprises her acclaimed performance as the spirited heroine Rosina.Rising South African tenor Colin Lee makes his Met role debut as Count Almaviva, the nobleman who disguises himself to win Rosina’s heart.

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m.  The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Götterdämmerung, the final opera in Wagner’s four-part cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, which stars Deborah Voigt in the central role of Brünnhilde. Jay Hunter Morris, who stepped into the title role of Wagner’s Siegfried to great acclaim earlier this season, will sing the role of the doomed hero.

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 4 at 12:00 noon.  The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the tour-de-force title role of Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife, Anne Boleyn. Marco Armiliato conducts the opera, a thrilling dramatization of Boleyn’s final days, which had its Met premiere on opening night of this season in a production by David McVicar.

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