Airs Saturday, March 14, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the live network premiere of La Donna del Lago, Rossini's opera about romantic and political upheaval in 16th-century Scotland. The virtuoso cast is led by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role of Elena, the "Lady of the Lake," and tenor Juan Diego Flórez as King James V, who falls in love with her. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona sings the role of Elena’s beloved Malcolm, and tenor John Osborn is the King's sworn enemy, the highland chief Rodrigo, to whom Elena is betrothed. The acclaimed young bel canto maestro Michele Mariotti conducts. La Donna del Lago will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 14.
Airs Saturday, December 6 at 12 noon. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season of live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts begins with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia – The Barber of Seville. The comedy stars mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina; tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; and baritone Christopher Maltman in his first Met appearances in the title role of the resourceful barber Figaro. Michele Mariotti conducts the performance, which also features Maurizio Muraro as Dr. Bartolo and Paata Burchuladze as Don Basilio.
On this week's broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony it’s a program of favorites conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck. Featured on the concert are Rossini’s William Tell Overture and the first of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies – his No. 93. We'll close the show wit Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Jim Cunningham will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio on Red River Radio.
Airs Saturday, June 21 at 12 noon. On this week's broadcast by the Lyric Opera of Chicago we'll hear Gioachino Rossini delightful opera The Barber of Seville (sung in Italian). The cast features Nathan Gunn as Figaro, Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Alek Shrader as Almaviva and Alessandro Corbelli as Bartolo with Kyle Ketelsen in the roll of Basilio. Michael Mariotti conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the this performance.
Airs Saturday, May 10 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season concludes with a live broadcast of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in her first network performance of one of her signature roles. The role of her prince, Don Ramiro, will be sung by Juan Diego Flórez, one of the world’s foremost Rossini tenors. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi returns to the podium to lead his first bel canto opera with the company. The cast also includes Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, the wicked stepfather; Luca Pisaroni as the wise Alidoro; and Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli in his network debut as Don Ramiro’s valet, Dandini. La Cenerentola will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.