Ramón Vargas

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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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Airs Saturday, September 26, at 12 noon. This week on the San Francisco Opera Nicola Luisotti will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera starring Ramón Vargas as Riccardo, Julianna Di Giacomo as Amelia, Heidi Stober as Oscar, and Thomas Hampson as Renato, with Dolora Zajick as Ulrica, Scott Conner as Tommaso, Christian Van Horn as Samuele, and Efrain Solis in the role of Silvano. The Judge will be played by A.J.

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Airs Saturday, September 6 at 12 noon. This week we join the San Francisco Opera Company for a performance of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele featuring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role with Ramon Vargas as Faust, Chuanyue Wang as Wagner, Luke Lazzaro as Aadm, Brook Broughton as Eve and Patricia Racette as Margherita. This performanc will also star Erin Johnson as Marta and Renee Rapier as Pantalis. Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will be your host.

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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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Airs Saturday, March 9 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Don Carlo, led by renowned conductor Lorin Maazel in his first Verdi performance with the company. Tenor Ramón Vargas sings his first Met performances of the title role, opposite soprano Barbara Frittoli, also in her house role debut, as Elisabeth de Valois. Reprising their roles from previous Met seasons are mezzo-soprano Anna Smirnova as the jealous Princess Eboli; baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the revolutionary Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa; bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the tormented King Philip II; and bass Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor. Don Carlo will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 9.