Ildar Abdrazakov

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Airs Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Rossini’s Semiramide. The Met’s first live Saturday matinee broadcast of this opera in 25 years features a cast of leading bel canto singers. Soprano Angela Meade stars in the title role as the Babylonian queen who conceals a dark secret, with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, the young warrior she chooses to be king.

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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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Airs Saturday, January 9, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. This will be the first broadcast of Radvanovsky’s season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti’s “Tudor queens trilogy,” being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars as the young Anne Boleyn, who struggles to hold onto the throne of England.

San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 6 at 12 noon. This week we join the San Francisco Opera Company for a performance of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele featuring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role with Ramon Vargas as Faust, Chuanyue Wang as Wagner, Luke Lazzaro as Aadm, Brook Broughton as Eve and Patricia Racette as Margherita. This performanc will also star Erin Johnson as Marta and Renee Rapier as Pantalis. Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will be your host.

Airs Saturday, March 1 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Borodin’s operatic masterpiece Prince Igor. Ildar Abdrazakov stars as the title character, a 12th-century Russian ruler who went to war against the Polovtsian tribe. Gianandrea Noseda, an acclaimed interpreter of Russian music, conducts a new edition of the opera—left unfinished by Borodin at the time of his sudden death in 1887—which he and director Dmitri Tcherniakov created specially for the Met production. The cast also includes Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her network broadcast debut as Igor’s wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Russian tenor Sergey Semishkur in his network broadcast debut as Igor’s son, Vladimir; Mikhail Petrenko as Yaroslavna’s brother, Prince Galitsky; and Štefan Kocán as Khan Konchak, leader of the Polovtsian forces. Prince Igor will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.