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Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

Mar 5, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Bizet’s Carmen, a 2014 performance featuring mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the role that brought her international stardom.

She sang the title character of the gypsy who prizes her freedom above everything else, opposite tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as the volatile and jealous Don José. Soprano Anita Hartig was the virtuous Micaëla, and bass Ildar Abdrazakov sang the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo.

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

Feb 26, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, a highlight from 2017.

Soprano Renée Fleming starred as the glamorous and worldly Marschallin, making her final appearance in that signature role, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča bid farewell to the role of Octavian, the Marschallin’s much younger lover.

Metropolitan Opera: La Rondine

Feb 18, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s La Rondine, a memorable performance from 2009.

It starred soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the Parisian courtesan Magda and tenor Roberto Alagna as Ruggero, a passionate young man from the countryside.

The cast also featured soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Marius Brenciu as the chambermaid Lisette and the poet Prunier, and bass Samuel Ramey as Magda’s wealthy companion Rambaldo.

Metropolitan Opera: Cendrillon

Feb 11, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Cendrillon, Massenet’s elegant and witty take on the Cinderella tale.

 

This encore broadcast from 2018 stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. Soprano Kathleen Kim sang Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe was her overbearing stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri sang Cendrillon’s beleaguered father Pandolfe.

 

Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Feb 4, 2021

On February 6, as part of its 2020-21 radio broadcast season, the Metropolitan Opera will air its first-ever Listeners’ Choice broadcast, a historic performance chosen by radio listeners from around the world: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas.

Metropolitan Opera: Faust

Jan 28, 2021
Ken Howard/Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Gounod’s Faust, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in an encore broadcast from 2011.

Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore

Jan 22, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast in honor of two opera legends, Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli, on the occasion of their 60th Met anniversaries.

 

This performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore from February 4, 1961, marked the Met radio debuts of both Price and Corelli, and came just a week after their joint company stage debuts as the noblewoman Leonora and the troubadour Manrico.


Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Jan 14, 2021
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s La Traviata, an encore broadcast from last year.

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak starred as the iconic heroine Violetta, who gives up her life as a courtesan to pursue an enduring love. Tenor Dmytro Popov was the impulsive Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey sang Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s moralistic father.

Karel Mark Chichon led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this performance of Verdi’s intimate and heart-rending tragedy.

Metropolitan Opera: The Barber of Seville

Jan 8, 2021
Ken Howard/Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Barber of Seville, one of opera’s best-loved comedies in a notable performance from 2007.

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It's been close to a year since it was safe for large choruses to gather and sing together.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we invite you to sing along to your favorite opera choruses at a safe distance.

Thanks to our friend Martha for the idea!

Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha

Dec 30, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins the New Year with an inspiringand hauntingly beautiful opera, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, an encore broadcast from 2011.

Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute

Dec 23, 2020

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a holiday presentation of Mozart’s fable The Magic Flute, a broadcast from 2010, abridged and sung in English.

It’s the story of a brave prince and princess – aided by a not-so-brave bird catcher – who embark on a quest to attain wisdom and love.

Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Dec 17, 2020
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a family favorite for the holiday season, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, sung in English.

 

This encore broadcast from 2018 stars soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel and mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Hansel, the hungry siblings who must use their wits to survive.

 

Metropolitan Opera: Fidelio

Dec 10, 2020
Met Opera Archives

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast season continues with Beethoven’s Fidelio, a performance from 2017 starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan.

This encore broadcast of Beethoven’s only opera is presented in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Metropolitan Opera: War and Peace

Dec 2, 2020
Met Opera Archives

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens on December 5th, 2020

Metropolitan Opera: Káťa Kabanová

May 1, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, starring renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila in a performance from 2004.

Mattila sang the title role of a sensitive young woman who yearns to escape an oppressive domestic life. Tenor Jorma Silvasti was Kát’a’s lover Boris, and mezzo-soprano Judith Forst sang the role of her domineering mother-in-law Kabanicha.

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

Apr 21, 2020
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s spectacular tale of legendary China, Turandot, in a performance from the Met archives starring Nina Stemme. The Swedish soprano took on the formidable title role of the fiercely proud Princess who tempts her suitors to their deaths. Tenor Marco Berti sang Calàf, the ardent prince determined to win Turandot’s hand.

Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra

Apr 17, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s stirring epic Simon Boccanegra, starring the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a commanding performance from 2011.

Metropolitan Opera: Tosca

Apr 7, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s thriller Tosca, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, in a performance that was originally recorded live at the Met on April 30, 2018.

The superstar soprano took on the iconic role of the fiery diva Floria Tosca for the very first time that month at the Met. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov starred opposite her as Tosca’s lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle was Scarpia, Rome’s chief of police, who lusts after Tosca.

Metropolitan Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice

Apr 2, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck’s operatic fable about undying love and the power of music, in a performance from November 1, 2019. 

Metropolitan Opera: Werther

Mar 27, 2020

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Massenet’s gripping romantic tragedy Werther, a performance from 2014 starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. While live performances are cancelled at the Met due to health risks for audiences and artists from the COVID-19 virus, Saturday matinee broadcasts continue with memorable pre-recorded performances from the Met archives.

Metropolitan Opera: La Cenerentola

Mar 17, 2020
Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season will continue in March with pre-recorded performances from the Met’s radio archives. The Met has canceled all live performances through March 31 in light of the health risks for audiences and performers from the COVID-19 virus, and in consultation with the offices of the Governor and Mayor of New York. In lieu of the live broadcast of La Cenerentola originally planned for March 21, the Met will air a memorable 2014 performance of the same opera.

Metropolitan Opera: Così fan tutte

Mar 5, 2020
Richard Termine / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Così fan tutte, Mozart’s bittersweet comedy in which love is put to the test.

Nicole Car and Serena Malfi are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and Ben Bliss and Luca Pisaroni are their sweethearts Guglielmo and Ferrando. Heidi Stober plays the ladies’ free-spirited maid Despina, and Gerald Finley is Don Alfonso, who masterminds a scheme to test the couples.

Metropolitan Opera: Agrippina

Feb 28, 2020
Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with its first-ever Saturday matinee broadcast of Agrippina, Handel’s satire about the lust for power in ancient Rome. The work dates from 1709, making it the oldest opera ever broadcast from the Met.

Metropolitan Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

Feb 21, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s brilliant comedy Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). 

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