Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season

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  • 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, January 6, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the second of its English-language family-friendly presentations this holiday season, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Donald Runnicles conducts, and the cast features soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Hansel, tenor Gerhard Siegel as the evil Witch, veteran mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Gertrude, the children’s mother, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Peter, their father.

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Airs Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Susan Graham stars in her acclaimed interpretation of the title role as the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari, opposite Paul Groves as her commitment-phobic former lover, Danilo. Sir Thomas Allen sings the role of Baron Zeta, determined to play matchmaker while unaware that he is in danger of losing his own wife, Valencienne, to the dashing Camille de Rosillon, sung respectively by Andriana Chuchman and Taylor Stayton. Ward Stare conducts in his network broadcast debut. The Met’s production is by Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Susan Stroman. The Merry Widow will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 noon. CT on Saturday, December 30.

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Airs Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bellini’s Norma, starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton, who reprise their acclaimed interpretations of the Druid priestess Norma and her rival Adalgisa. The performance also features Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover Pollione and Matthew Rose as her father Oroveso, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, in a production by Sir David McVicar that opened the Met season in the fall.

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Airs Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the first of the company’s two holiday presentations this season: Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The broadcast stars Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Alfred Walker as the Speaker, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Evan Rogister makes his Met debut conducting the opera, which is performed in an abridged, English-language version of the popular production by Julie Taymor.

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Airs Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera season of live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts opens on December 2 with Verdi’s Requiem, performed on stage at the Met for the first time since 2008, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine. Levine will lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

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