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.


      Airs Saturday, January 28 at 12:00 noon.  The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Patricia Racette as the fiery title character, Marcelo Álvarez as her lover, the idealistic Cavaradossi, and James Morris as the villain Scarpia. Finnish conductor Mikko Franck makes his Met debut with this season’s performances of Tosca, and veteran bass Paul Plishka, whose distinguished Met career spans more than 40 years, sings the role of the Sacristan in his final Met performance.

Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 21 at 12:00 noon.  The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of The Enchanted Island, a world premiere opera written and devised by Jeremy Sams that sets music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other composers of the Baroque era to a new, English-language libretto.

Airs Saturday, January 14 at 12:00 noon.   A tribute to Joan Sutherland  

Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 noon

Airs Saturday, December 31 at 12:00 noon