Puccini

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 2, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starring soprano Kristine Opolais, one of today’s most acclaimed interpreters of the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as the faithless Pinkerton. Karel Mark Chichon makes his company debut this season conducting a cast that also features Maria Zifchak as Cio-Cio-San’s maid Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as the American consul Sharpless.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 6, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Manon Lescaut, the opera that was Giacomo Puccini’s breakthrough hit. The performance stars soprano Kristine Opolais as the impetuous title character, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna, who is making his role debut this season as Manon’s lover, Des Grieux.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 30, at 12 p.m. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Turandot, with the renowned dramatic soprano Nina Stemme in her first Met broadcast in the title role of the proud Chinese princess. Soprano Anita Hartig sings the role of the courageous slave girl Liù, with tenor Marco Berti as Calàf, the suitor who risks his life for Turandot’s hand, and bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk as the exiled King of Tartary, Timur. Paolo Carignani conducts.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 5, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season – the company’s 85th season on the air – begins with a broadcast of the most-performed opera in Met history, La Bohème. The performance, conducted by Paolo Carignani, stars Barbara Frittoli and Ramón Vargas as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, with soprano Ana María Martínez as the spitfire Musetta.

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 17, at 12 noon. This week on the San Francisco Opera we feature one of the great masterpiece from Puccini's pen with La Bohème starring Alexia Voulgaridou as Mimi and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, with Nadine Sierra as Musetta, Alexey Markov as Marcello, Christian Van Horn as Colline, Hadleigh Adams as Schaunard, and Dale Travis in the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. John Caird directs, Ian Robertson is the chorus master, and San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus is under the direction of Giuseppe Finzi. Dianne Nicolini hosts.

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