Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 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 2, 2017 with the Requiem by Verdi and run  through May 5, 2018 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette by Gounod. The season will feature The Magic Flute, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Tosca, Thaïs, Parsifal, La Bohème, Turandot, and Così Fan Tutte among otherand much more. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 5, 2017. Mary Jo Heath will be the season’s new host.

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Airs Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Siegfried, the third installment in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Jay Hunter Morris stars as the title character, a hero so brave that he literally does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” The celebrated cast of Wagnerians includes Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde; Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer; and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, which is part of a complete Ring cycle presented in a new production by Robert Lepage. Siegfried will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. 

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Airs Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata. Natalie Dessay sings her first Met performances of the iconic leading role, Violetta Valéry. Matthew Polenzani co-stars as her love, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance in the second of his four consecutive radio broadcasts this season. The opera will be seen in Willy Decker’s striking production, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Met in 2010. La Traviata will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 14.  The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.

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Airs Saturday, April 7 at 12:00 noon.  The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Massenet’s Manon. Anna Netrebko sings her first Met performances of the title role, with Piotr Beczala in his role debut as Manon’s lover, the Chevalier des Grieux, and Paulo Szot as her cousin, Lescaut. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance of Laurent Pelly’s striking new production, which opened March 26.  Manon will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.

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Airs Sarurday, March 31 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Juan Diego Flórez stars as the simple villager Nemorino, opposite Diana Damrau as the beautiful Adina; Mariusz Kwiecien is Adina’s swaggering suitor, Belcore; and Alessandro Corbelli is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Donato Renzetti conducts L’Elisir d’Amore, which will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 31.

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Airs Saturday, March 24 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Thomas Hampson in the title role. Gianandrea Noseda conducts his first Met performances of Verdi’s opera, adapted from the Shakespeare tragedy, which also stars German soprano Nadja Michael in her Met debut run as Lady Macbeth.

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