Puccini

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 16, at 12 noon. This week we return once again to the LA Opera on the Air for a series of five performances opening up their season with a double bill featuring Puccini's Gianni Schicchi & Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In the Puccini we'll hear Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Arturo Chacon Cruz as Rinuccio, with Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta, Meredith Arwady as Zita, Greg Fedderly in the role of Gherardo, and Stacey Tappan as Nella.

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.

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