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, 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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Airs Saturday, January 21, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Gounod’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Roméo et Juliette, starring soprano Diana Damrau as Juliette, opposite tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo. Gianandrea Noseda conducts, in Bartlett Sher’s new production which also features Virginie Verrez as Stéphano, Elliot Madore as Mercutio, and Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent. Roméo et Juliette 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 14, at 12 noon: The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in the company’s history, starring Ailyn Pérez as Mimì, Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta, and Alessio Arduini as Marcello. Carlo Rizzi leads the cast which also features Alexey Lavrov in the role of Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and Paul Plishka as Benoit/Alcindoro.

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Airs Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Nabucco, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine, with Plácido Domingo in a network role debut as the title character, the King of Babylon. The legendary duo has worked together many times over the past four decades, but this season marks the first time they have collaborated on Nabucco. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the ambitious Abigaille, who is determined to seize control of the Babylonian empire.

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Airs Saturday, December 31, at 12 noon. The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a revival of Rossini’s comedy L’Italiana in Algeri, conducted by the Met’s Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The comedic opera, heard in an archived performance from October, tells the story of a feisty Italian girl who gets kidnapped in Algiers, but tricks her captors and saves the day. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and tenor René Barbera made their respective company debuts as the title character, Isabella, and the love-struck Lindoro, whom she rescues.

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