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12:00pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

A Scene from Act II of Francesca da Rimini
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Riccardo Zandonai’s opera, based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno, has its first company performances since 1986 this season. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek stars as the beautiful noblewoman Francesca; tenor Marcello Giordani is Paolo, the man she loves at first sight; baritone Mark Delavan is Paolo’s brother Gianciotto, to whom Francesca is unhappily married; tenor Robert Brubaker is the jealous Malatestino; and Marco Armiliato conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which is presented in Piero Faggioni’s grand 1984 production. Francesca da Rimini will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 16. 

11:00am

Sat March 2, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Wagner's Parsifal

Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman and René Pape
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Parsifal. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new staging of Wagner’s final opera, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by François Girard in his Met debut.

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12:00pm

Sat February 23, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Bizet’s Carmen

Anita Rachvelishvili as Carmen
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 23 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bizet’s Carmen. Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who made an acclaimed Met debut as Carmen in 2010, sings her first Met Saturday matinee broadcast of her signature role. Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who also leads this season’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducts a cast that includes Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff and Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who make their Met debuts this season as Don José and Micaëla, respectively. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov returns to the role of Escamillo, the swaggering toreador, for the first time since the Met’s 2004-05 season. Carmen will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 23.

12:00pm

Sat February 16, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto

Piotr Beczala and Željko Lucic

Airs Saturday, February 16 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer’s new production moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of Las Vegas circa 1960. Serbian baritone Željko Lučić sings the title character, here a world-weary comedian. German soprano Diana Damrau is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter. And Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, portrayed as an amoral lounge singer. Slovakian bass Štefan Kocán is the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile, and Belarussian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her network broadcast debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who made his Met debut earlier this season, conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork. Rigoletto will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 16.

8:00pm

Sat February 9, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

Anna Netrebko as Adina
Nick Heavican Metropolitan Opera

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. 

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