Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, 1pm ET

For decades, Interlochen Public Radio listeners have enjoyed live opera broadcasts from The Met. Tune in for live opera from the comfort of home. The show generally begins at 1:00 PM Saturdays on Classical IPR. Occasionally it begins at noon. 

Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Apr 2, 2018
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Donizetti’s bel canto tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor, starring soprano Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti in the iconic title role. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars opposite her as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo. They are joined by baritone Massimo Cavalletti as Enrico, the brother who pushes Lucia into a forced marriage, and bass Vitalij Kowaljow as the chaplain Raimondo. Roberto Abbado conducts.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Così fan tutte

Mar 27, 2018
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Così fan tutte, Mozart’s comedy about love and fidelity. Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, unwitting victims of an elaborate hoax; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara is their conniving maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka are their fiancés Ferrando and Guglielmo, who conspire to test the sisters’ fidelity; and Christopher Maltman is the cynical mastermind Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts.

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

Mar 19, 2018
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Puccini’s Turandot. Soprano Martina Serafin stars in the title role of the proud Chinese princess, opposite tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf, the mystery prince who is determined to win her. Soprano Guanqun Yu makes her network broadcast debut as the courageous slave girl Liù, and bass-baritone Alexander Tsymbalyuk is Calàf’s father, Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance, presented in the much-loved production by Franco Zeffirelli.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, Matrch 24 at 1:00pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Elektra

Mar 12, 2018
Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Christine Goerke sings the title role of Richard Strauss’s tragedy Elektra under the baton of future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The acclaimed American soprano stars as the revenge-obsessed princess of Greek myth, with soprano Elza van den Heever as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis, and mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster making her network broadcast debut as the guilt-stricken matriarch, Klytämnestra. They are joined by bass Mikhail Petrenko as Orest and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Aegisth, in Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated staging.

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

Feb 27, 2018
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho makes her network broadcast debut in the title role as the trusting Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Roberto Aronica as the faithless Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak reprises the role of Cio-Cio-San’s maid and confidante Suzuki, and baritone Roberto Frontali is the American consul Sharpless. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème

Feb 19, 2018
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. The acclaimed stars are soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who plays the fragile Mimì, and tenor Michael Fabiano, who sings the role of the poet Rodolfo. They are joined by soprano Susanna Phillips as the coquettish Musetta, with baritone Lucas Meachem as her lover Marcello. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Parsifal

Feb 12, 2018
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first network broadcast as Met Music Director Designate. An acclaimed cast of Wagnerian singers stars in this production by François Girard. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt sings the title role of a naïve youth who saves the brotherhood of the Holy Grail. Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius makes her network broadcast debut as the mysterious Kundry. Baritone Peter Mattei is the wounded King Amfortas; bass René Pape is the wise knight, Gurnemanz; and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is the evil sorcerer Klingsor.

Metropolitan Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore

Feb 5, 2018
Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Donizetti’s comedy L’Elisir d’Amore, starring South African soprano Pretty Yende as the wealthy Adina, opposite American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the poor villager hopelessly in love with her. Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of Dulcamara, the quack doctor who sells Nemorino the “elixir of love,” and Italian baritone Davide Luciano makes his network broadcast debut as the cocky visiting sergeant, Belcore. Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan also makes his network debut with this performance.

Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore

Jan 31, 2018
Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Il Trovatore. It stars soprano Jennifer Rowley as the noblewoman Leonora, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the mysterious gypsy Azucena, tenor Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour Manrico, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Manrico’s rival Count di Luna. Bass Štefan Kocán sings the role of Ferrando, and Marco Armiliato leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 3 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Tosca

Jan 22, 2018
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s thrilling drama Tosca.  Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars as the jealous but devout diva Floria Tosca, opposite tenor Vittorio Grigolo as her lover, the artist Mario Cavaradossi. Baritone Željko Lučić is the villainous Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the opera in a new production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 27 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Thaïs

Jan 15, 2018
Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera.

Massenet’s Thaïs in a broadcast from November 11, 2017, starring American soprano Ailyn Pérez in her role debut as the glamorous courtesan and title character. Canadian baritone Gerald Finley gave his first staged performance as the monk Athanaël, in Massenet’s intriguing exploration of the conflict between religious faith and sensual desire. French maestro Emmanuel Villaume conducted a cast that also featured tenor Jean-François Borras as Nicias and bass-baritone David Pittsinger as Palémon, in the Met’s first presentation of this opera in nearly a decade.

Metropolitan Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Jan 8, 2018
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the verismo double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Roberto Alagna stars in both leading roles: the faithless Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Canio, the head of a traveling performance troupe in Pagliacci. The French tenor previously sang both operas in one evening at the Met in 2009, and is one of ten singers to have accomplished this feat with the company since 1901.

Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Jan 2, 2018
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Donald Runnicles conducts, and the cast features soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Hansel, tenor Gerhard Siegel as the evil Witch, veteran mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Gertrude, the children’s mother, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Peter, their father. The opera, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, is performed in the acclaimed production by Richard Jones.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 6 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow

Dec 27, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Susan Graham stars in her acclaimed interpretation of the title role as the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari, opposite Paul Groves as her commitment-phobic former lover, Danilo. Sir Thomas Allen sings the role of Baron Zeta, determined to play matchmaker while unaware that he is in danger of losing his own wife, Valencienne, to the dashing Camille de Rosillon, sung respectively by Andriana Chuchman and Taylor Stayton. Ward Stare conducts in his network broadcast debut.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 30 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Dec 18, 2017
Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera.

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).  Harry Bicket conducts the performance, which features bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as the wily valet Figaro, opposite soprano Christiane Karg, who makes her network broadcast debut as his fiancée, the maid Susanna.  Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen stars as the Countess, a role she sang for her Met debut in 2014, opposite bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, reprising his interpretation of the lascivious Count Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi is the page, Cherubino.

Metropolitan Opera: Bellini's Norma

Dec 11, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Bellini’s Norma, starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton, who reprise their acclaimed interpretations of the Druid priestess Norma and her rival Adalgisa. The performance also features Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover Pollione and Matthew Rose as her father Oroveso, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, in a production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 16 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Mozart's The Magic Flute

Dec 4, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s The Magic Flute stars Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Alfred Walker as the Speaker, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Evan Rogister makes his Met debut conducting the opera, which is performed in an abridged, English-language version of the popular production by Julie Taymor.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 9 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's Requiem

Nov 27, 2017
Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Requiem, performed on stage at the Met for the first time since 2008, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine. Levine will lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 2 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

May 8, 2017
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Renée Fleming sings her final performance of one of her signature roles, the Marschallin, in the Met’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Sebastian Weigle conducts a starry cast that includes mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her final performance as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, opposite soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman with whom he falls in love, and bass Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin.

Metropolitan Opera: Cyrano de Bergerac

May 1, 2017
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, starring tenor Roberto Alagna, who adds the opera’s gallant title character to his extensive Met repertory. Marco Armiliato conducts the revival of this rarely performed work. American soprano Jennifer Rowley makes her role debut as Roxane, Cyrano’s secret love, and the cast also features tenor Atalla Ayan as Christian and baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 6 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Der Fliegende Holländer

Apr 24, 2017
Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

Der Fliegende HolländerThe Flying Dutchman – the first Wagner opera that future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is conducting with the company. The opera, which has not been heard on a live Saturday broadcast since 2000, features baritone Michael Volle as the Dutchman, the ghostly sailor damned to sail the seas in search of the love that will set him free. Soprano Amber Wagner sings the role of Senta, who offers him redemption, and American tenor AJ Glueckert makes his Met debut this season as the huntsman Erik.

Metropolitan Opera: Eugene Onegin

Apr 17, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Anna Netrebko returns to the Met in her acclaimed interpretation of the heroine Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, opposite Peter Mattei in the title role, which he has also sung with the company to great praise. Robin Ticciati conducts the performance of Deborah Warner’s production, which also features Alexey Dolgov as Onegin’s friend Lenski, Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga, and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 22 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Aida

Apr 10, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Aida, starring Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess. Conducted by Italian maestro Daniele Rustioni, who makes his Met debut this season, the opera also stars Violeta Urmana as Aida’s formidable rival Amneris, Riccardo Massi as the Egyptian war hero Radamès, and George Gagnidze as Aida’s father Amonasro, with James Morris as the high priest Ramfis and Soloman Howard as the King of Egypt.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 15 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Tristan und Isolde

Apr 3, 2017
Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera

Wagner’s epic tragedy Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme leads the cast in her first Met performances of her signature role, Isolde, which she has sung to acclaim with major opera companies around the world. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton sings the role of her doomed lover, Tristan, with René Pape as King Marke, his heartbroken uncle, who comes between the two lovers; Ekaterina Gubanova as Isolde’s maid, Brangäne; and Evgeny Nikitin as Tristan’s companion, Kurwenal.

Metropolitan Opera: Fidelio

Mar 27, 2017
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sebastian Weigle returns to the Met to conduct his second Saturday broadcast with the company, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan. Fidelio, which was last seen at the Met in 2006, tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan, a political prisoner.

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