Verdi

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

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.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 11, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere of Nicholas Hytner’s production. Yonghoon Lee portrays the conflicted title hero, with Barbara Frittoli as Elisabeth de Valois, the woman he loves; Ferruccio Furlanetto as his father and rival, the imposing King Philip II; Ekaterina Gubanova as the jealous Princess Eboli; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo, Don Carlo’s friend and ally; and James Morris as the menacing Grand Inquisitor. Don Carlo will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 11.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 4, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s early opera Ernani. Met Music Director James Levine conducts his first company performances of the opera in more than 30 years, with Plácido Domingo as Carlo, King of Spain – a baritone part he has added to his vast repertoire this season. Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the title role of the bandit Ernani, opposite American soprano Angela Meade in one of her most acclaimed roles, Elvira, and Ukrainian bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is Silva, Ernani’s rival. Ernani will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 4.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 7 at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Macbeth, heard in an archived performance from October 11, 2014. The broadcast, taped live in the fall, features soprano Anna Netrebko, who was making her first Met appearances as the ruthless Lady Macbeth, opposite baritone Željko Lučić in the title role, bass René Pape as Banquo, and tenor Joseph Calleja as Macduff. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi led the performance. Macbeth will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 7.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 10 at 12 noon.  The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s tragedy Aida. Soprano Tamara Wilson makes her network broadcast debut as the Ethiopian princess Aida, opposite tenor Marcello Giordani as the Egyptian warrior Radamès. Violeta Urmana, who sang Aida with the company in 2009 and 2012, makes her first Met appearances as the Egyptian princess Amneris, and George Gagnidze returns to the role of Aida's father, Amonasro. Marco Armiliato conducts. Aida will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 10.

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