Airs Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performances of the title role. Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two artists make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.
Airs Saturday, May 25 at 12 noon. Jules Massenet's Werther (in French) features Matthew Polenzani as Werther; Sophie Koch as Charlotte; Kiri Deonarine as Sophie; Craig Verm as Albert; and Philip Kraus as Bailiff. Sir Andrew Davis conducts and Francisco Negrin directs this production.
Airs Saturday, February 9 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Soprano Anna Netrebko stars as the bewitching Adina, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the lovelorn Nemorino, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as the swaggering Sergeant Belcore, and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott as Doctor Dulcamara, the quack whose phony potions nevertheless lead to true love. Maurizio Benini conducts this performance of Bartlett Sher’s new production, which premiered on opening night of the current Met season. L’Elisir d’Amore will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 9.