Opera

12:00pm

Sat May 3, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Bellini’s I Puritani

Olga Peretyatko in her Met debut as Elvira
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, May 3 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bellini’s I Puritani.  Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her network broadcast debut as Elvira, the Puritan maiden who slips in and out of madness after being abandoned at the altar.  The revival also stars tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Elvira's beloved Arturo, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as his rival Riccardo, and bass Michele Pertusi as Elvira's uncle, Giorgio; they are led by the rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who is married to Peretyatko.  I Puritani will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

12:00pm

Sat April 12, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Giordano’s Andrea Chénier

Patricia Racette as Maddalena and Marcelo Álvarez as Andrea Cheniér
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 12 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier.  Gianandrea Noseda conducts the verismo tragedy, which stars tenor Marcelo Álvarez in the title role of the real-life poet executed during the Reign of Terror; soprano Patricia Racette as his love, the aristocrat Maddalena; and baritone Željko Lučić as Carlo Gérard, the former servant turned revolutionary.  Andrea Chénier will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

12:00pm

Sat March 29, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Scene from La Sonnambula
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Friday, March 29 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bellini’s La Sonnambula. This run marks soprano Diana Damrau's first-ever performances in the title role of the sleepwalking Amina. The broadcast also stars rising Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Amina's fiance, Elvino, and Italian bass Michele Pertusi as Count Rodolfo, conducted by Marco Armiliato. La Sonnambula will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

11:00pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes - I Too Sing America

Airs Friday, February 14 at 11 p.m. Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.     Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow. His musical adventures included writing lyrics for stage pieces such as Black Nativity and Tambourines to Glory, works that helped give birth to the genre of Gospel Play, as well as songs for radio plays and political campaigns, and the libretto for Kurt Weill’s Street Songs.

12:00pm

Sat January 25, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

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

Scene from Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 25 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s comic romance L’Elisir d’Amore. Soprano Anna Netrebko reprises her portrayal of the irresistible heroine Adina, and tenor Ramón Vargas sings the role of Nemorino, the peasant who loves her, in a cast that also includes baritone Nicola Alaimo as Sergeant Belcore and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott as Doctor Dulcamara. Maurizio Benini returns to conduct the bel canto favorite. L’Elisir d’Amore will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

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