Airs Saturday, February 14, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of a new double bill: Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess, tenor Piotr Beczala as Vaudémont, a knight who falls in love with her, and baritone Aleksei Markov as Robert, her fiancé; and Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle, with soprano Nadja Michael as a bride who discovers the terrifying truth about her new husband, sung by bass Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas. This production, by Mariusz Trelinski, marks the company premiere of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera, as well as the Met’s first-ever staged performances of Bluebeard’s Castle in its original Hungarian. Iolanta/ Bluebeard’s Castle will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 14.
Airs Saturday, January 18 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Valery Gergiev conducts the performance, which features soprano Anna Netrebko as the naive heroine Tatiana, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as the aristocratic title character, and tenor Piotr Beczala as the poet Lenski. Mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova sings the role of Tatiana’s sister, Olga, and Alexei Tanovitski sings Prince Gremin. This cast opened the Met season with this new production last fall. Eugene Onegin will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Air Tuesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. The concert, which took place on May 2, 2013, marked the opening of one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts centers in the world. The program features Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra and a host of renowned vocalists and instrumentalists including Anna Netrebco, Plácido Domingo, René Pape, Denis Matsuev, Leonidas Kavakos, the Mariinsky Children’s Chorus and many others and also features exclusive interviews gathered by producers with Gergiev and other key figures behind the creation of this celebrated new theater.
Airs Saturday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. Join us for Part eight of an exploration of the piano music of Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky with commentary by Valery Gergiev, Alexander Toradze, Gianandrea Noseda and Joseph Horowitz. This week we conclude our series with Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Solo Pianos with George Vatchnadze and Genadi Zagor, pianos; Stravinsky's Excerpts from Apollo in Stravinsky’s own piano transcription; and A Stravinsky Improvisation featuring pianist Genadi Zagor.
Airs Saturday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. Join us for Part seven of an exploration of the piano music of Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky with commentary by Valery Gergiev, Alexander Toradze, Gianandrea Noseda and Joseph Horowitz. This week we continue our exploration of the piano works of Stravinsky, with Mozart's Fugue in C Minor, K. 546 featuring Igor and Soulima Stravinsky as the pianists. Next we'll hear Stravinsky's Piano Sonata with George Vatchnadze on piano, the Concerto for Piano and Winds featuring the Post Classical Ensemble and Alexander Toradze as the pianist. The hour concludes with the first movement from Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra featuring Alexander Toradze and Sangwon Kim on piano.