Burkhard Ulrich

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 30, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Strauss’s Elektra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an acclaimed cast of artists, all making Met role debuts with this new production created by the late Patrice Chéreau. Soprano Nina Stemme sings the title role; mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is Elektra’s formidable mother Klytämnestra, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka is her gentle sister Chrysothemis, and bass-baritone Eric Owens is her long-lost brother Orest.

Airs Saturday, November 23 at 12 noon. Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is the perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art." It was the ultimate goal of Richard Wagner and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater. Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there. The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention. The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new." 

This week, the third in this operatic cycle with Siegfried starring tenor Lance Ryan as Siegfried with sopraono Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, baritone Wolfgang Koch as the Wanderer, tenor Burkhard Ulrich as Mime, baritone Martin Winkler as Alberich, bass Sorin Coliban as Fafner, contralto Nadine Weissmann as Erda and soprano Mirella Hagen as the The Forest Bird.