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: Idomeneo

Mar 20, 2017
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Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts his third broadcast of the 2016-17 Metropolitan Radio Broadcast season, Mozart’s early masterpiece Idomeneo. The opera, which Levine first conducted at the Met in 1982, stars tenor Matthew Polenzani in his Met role debut as the king Idomeneo, with soprano Nadine Sierra in her role debut as Ilia, soprano Elza van den Heever as Elettra, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Idomeneo’s son Idamante, and baritone Alan Opie as Idomeneo’s confidant Arbace.

Metropolitan Opera: Guillaume Tell

Mar 13, 2017
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Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, heard in a performance from November 2016. Gerald Finley stars in the title role of the legendary Swiss patriot William Tell, which he has made a specialty of in recent seasons, with Marina Rebeka as the Austrian princess Mathilde, and Bryan Hymel as her suitor Arnold. The performance was led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 18 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Mar 6, 2017
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Verdi’s La Traviata. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva reprises her widely praised interpretation of the heroine Violetta, with tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover Alfredo, and baritone Thomas Hampson as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. The performance is conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Music Director of the San Francisco Opera.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 11 at 1pm ET.

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Metropolitan Opera: Werther

Feb 27, 2017
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Massenet’s Werther starring tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the tortured young poet opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the beautiful but unobtainable Charlotte. Edward Gardner leads the cast that also features Anna Christy as Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, with David Bizic reprising the role of Albert and Maurizio Muraro as Le Bailli.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka

Feb 20, 2017
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The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Kristine Opolais starring in her first Met broadcast of her breakthrough role, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka. The dark love story about a water nymph and a human man, derived in large part from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” will also star Jamie Barton in her network role debut as the witch Ježibaba, with Katarina Dalayman as the Foreign Princess, Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, and Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Gnome. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Metropolitan Opera: I Puritani

Feb 13, 2017
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Bellini’s I Puritani, starring soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Javier Camarena, who add new roles to their Met repertories as Elvira, the heroine driven to madness, and her beloved Lord Arturo Talbot. Maurizio Benini conducts the bel canto masterpiece, which also stars baritone Alexey Markov as Riccardo Forth, the Puritan leader in love with Elvira, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Elvira’s uncle, Giorgio Walton.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 18 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

Feb 8, 2017
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Bizet’s Carmen starring mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in her network broadcast debut as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim around the world. Tenor Roberto Aronica is the gypsy’s jealous lover, Don José, with soprano Maria Agresta as the devoted Micaëla and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering toreador Escamillo. Asher Fisch conducts the performance.

Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto

Jan 30, 2017
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Verdi’s Rigoletto. Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his network broadcast debut leading baritone Željko Lučić in the title role opposite soprano Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke. The broadcast also stars Oksana Volkova as Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni in his network broadcast debut as Sparafucile.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 4 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Jan 23, 2017
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Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia starring soprano Pretty Yende as the feisty Rosina, tenor Dmitry Korchak as the love-struck Count Almaviva, and baritone Peter Mattei in the title role of the barber Figaro.  Maurizio Benini conducts the performance which also stars Maurizio Muraro as Dr. Bartolo and Mikhail Petrenko as Don Basilio.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 28 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Roméo et Juliette

Jan 16, 2017
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Gounod’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Roméo et Juliette, starring soprano Diana Damrau as Juliette, opposite tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo. Gianandrea Noseda conducts, in Bartlett Sher’s new production which also features Virginie Verrez as Stéphano, Elliot Madore as Mercutio, and Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 21 at 1pm ET. 

Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème

Jan 9, 2017
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Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in the company’s history, starring Ailyn Pérez as Mimì, Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta, and Alessio Arduini as Marcello. Carlo Rizzi leads the cast which also features Alexey Lavrov in the role of Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and Paul Plishka as Benoit/Alcindoro.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 14 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco

Jan 2, 2017
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Verdi’s Nabucco, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine, with Plácido Domingo in a network role debut as the title character, the King of Babylon.Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the ambitious Abigaille, who is determined to seize control of the Babylonian empire. The cast also includes Jamie Barton as Fenena, Nabucco’s heroic daughter; Russell Thomas as Ismaele, nephew to the King of Jerusalem; and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the high priest of the Jews, Zaccaria.

Metropolitan Opera: L'Italiana in Algeri

Dec 26, 2016
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Rossini’s comedy L’Italiana in Algeri, conducted by the Met’s Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The comedic opera, heard in an archived performance from October, tells the story of a feisty Italian girl who gets kidnapped in Algiers, but tricks her captors and saves the day. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and tenor René Barbera made their respective company debuts as the title character, Isabella, and the love-struck Lindoro, whom she rescues.

Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Dec 20, 2016
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Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, in an English-language performance from January 1, 2008. Vladimir Jurowski led the performance, with soprano Christine Schäfer as Gretel; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Hansel; mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright and baritone Alan Held as their parents, Gertrude and Peter; and the late tenor Philip Langridge as the wicked Witch. The opera has been part of the Met’s holiday repertoire for decades: on Christmas Day, 1931, Hänsel und Gretel (sung in German) became the first complete opera to be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.

Metropolitan Opera: L'Amour de Loin

Dec 5, 2016
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Susanna Mälkki conducts the cast which stars Eric Owens as Jaufré Rudel, a troubadour on a quest to find his perfect love, opposite Susanna Phillips as Clémence, the Countess of Tripoli, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages across the sea between them.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 10 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut

Nov 29, 2016
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Puccini’s breakthrough opera Manon Lescaut, starring Anna Netrebko, who adds the tragic title character to her wide-ranging Met repertory this season. Marcelo Álvarez also makes a Met role debut this season, as Manon’s obsessed lover, des Grieux. They are joined by Christopher Maltman as Manon’s brother Lescaut and Brindley Sherratt as Geronte, her wealthy older lover. Marco Armiliato conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

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

Metropolitan Opera: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

May 4, 2016
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The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season closes with a live broadcast of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem SerailThe Abduction from the Seraglio – conducted by Met Music Director James Levine, who will assume the new title of Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the Met’s current season. Soprano Albina Shagimuratova makes her network role debut as Konstanze, opposite rising tenor Paul Appleby as her fiancé, Belmonte.

Metropolitan Opera: Elektra

Apr 25, 2016
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Richard Strauss’s Elektra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an acclaimed cast of artists, all making Met role debuts with this new production created by the late Patrice Chéreau. Soprano Nina Stemme sings the title role; mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is Elektra’s formidable mother Klytämnestra, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka is her gentle sister Chrysothemis, and bass-baritone Eric Owens is her long-lost brother Orest. German tenor Burkhard Ulrich makes his Met debut this season as Aegisth, Klytämnestra’s lover.

Metropolitan Opera: Otello

Apr 18, 2016
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Verdi’s Otello. Aleksandrs Antonenko stars in the title role, one he has performed around the world to wide acclaim. He appears opposite Hibla Gerzmava, who makes her Met role debut this spring as Otello’s innocent wife Desdemona. Željko Lučić sings the part of the evil Iago, Alexey Dolgov is his pawn Cassio, and James Morris is the Venetian ambassador Lodovico. Adam Fischer conducts.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 23 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Roberto Devereux

Apr 11, 2016
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Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Queen Elizabeth I of England, completing her season-long quest to sing the leading roles in all three of Donizetti’s Tudor Queen tragedies. Earlier this season, Radvanovsky gave acclaimed performances as Anne Boleyn in Anna Bolena and Mary, Queen of Scots, in Maria Stuarda. With Roberto Devereux, she becomes the first singer to perform all three roles in a single New York season since Beverly Sills did so in the 1970s.

Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra

Apr 5, 2016
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Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, starring Plácido Domingo in the title role of the Doge of Genoa, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. The legendary duo has worked together many times over the past four decades, including Domingo’s Met role debut as Boccanegra in 2010 – his first appearance in baritone repertoire with the company. The performance also stars Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, who makes her network broadcast debut as Boccanegra’s daughter Amelia, tenor Joseph Calleja as her lover Gabriele Adorno, and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as Boccanegra’s enemy Fiesco.

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

Mar 28, 2016
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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starring soprano Kristine Opolais, one of today’s most acclaimed interpreters of the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as the faithless Pinkerton. Karel Mark Chichon makes his company debut this season conducting a cast that also features Maria Zifchak as Cio-Cio-San’s maid Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as the American consul Sharpless.

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

Metropolitan Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mar 21, 2016

Mozart’s Le Nozze di FigaroThe Marriage of Figaro. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes three artists who are singing their roles at the Met for the first time this season: Mikhail Petrenko as Figaro; Anita Hartig as his fiancée, the clever maid Susanna; and Luca Pisaroni as their employer, the lecherous Count Almaviva. Amanda Majeski portrays the long-suffering Countess.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 26 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: L'Elisir D'Amore

Mar 14, 2016
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Donizetti’s beloved comedy L’Elisir d’Amore. Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as Adina and Nemorino, whose playful romance is at the heart of the story. The cast also features Adam Plachetka as the narcissistic sergeant Belcore and Alessandro Corbelli as the charlatan Dr. Dulcamara. Conductor Enrique Mazzola leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in his network broadcast debut.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 19 at 1pm ET.

Metropolitan Opera: Don Pasquale

Mar 8, 2016
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Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role for the first time in his career this season, alongside show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena as Pasquale’s nephew, the lovelorn Ernesto. Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto, fresh off her Met debut, is the bewitching Norina, and baritone Levente Molnár is the wily Doctor Malatesta, in a performance conducted by Maurizio Benini.

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