Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts

Hear The Metropolitan Opera on Classical 101 Every Saturday Afternoon.

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 83rd season begins on December 7, 2013, with Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani, and Sonya Yoncheva, continuing the celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 10, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.


Verdi’s Rigoletto

Airtime: December 7, 2013 12:30
Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title for the first time at the Met. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.

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Verdi’s Falstaff

Airtime: December 14, 2014, 1:00 pm.
Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff. James Levine conducts.

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Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Airtime: December 21, 2013, 1:00 pm.
A performance recorded in Fall 2013, the Met celebrates the Britten centennial with the composer’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s romance. James Conlon conducts.

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Puccini’s Tosca

Airtime: December 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
Sondra Radvanovsky and Marcello Giordani take the title roles. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Airtime: January 4, 2014
Julie Taymor’s fanciful production is sung in English in this abridged holiday version for families.

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Strauss’s Die Fledermaus

Airtime: January 11, 2014, 1:00 pm
Strauss’ beloved operetta set in Vienna, New Year’s Eve, 1899. Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman lead the sparkling cast. (Network Premiere of new English language version)

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Archival Broadcast: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Fall 2013

Airtime: January 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
Anna Nebrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the love-struck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in one of the composer’s most sumptuous scores.

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Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore

Airtime: January 25, 2014,
Star soprano Anna Netrebko reprises her adorable Adina, Ramon Vargas is her lovesick
Nemorino and Erwin Schrott sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose “magic” potion causes as many problems as it solves.

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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Airtime: February 1, 2014
Anthony Minghella’s powerfully dramatic production returns with Amanda Echalaz in her Met debut season as the tragic Cio-Cio-San. Rising star Bryan Hymel is Pinkerton and Philippe Auguin conducts.


Dvorak’s Rusalka

Airtime: February 8, 2014
The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon.” Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Jezibaba, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts this storybook production.

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Rossini’s Die Frau ohne Schatten

Airtime: February 15, 2014
Strauss’ magical opera returns to the Met for the first time in a decade under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

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Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier

Airtime: February 22, 2014
Alice Coote sings her first Met Octavian, joining a superb ensemble that includes Martina Serafin as Marschallin. This season’s performances celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US premiere. Edward Gardner conducts.

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Borodin’s Prince Igors

Airtime: March 1, 2014, 12:00 pm
With Noseda; Dyka, Rachvelishvili, Semishkur, Abdrazakov, Petrenko, Kocán

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The Enchanted Island

Airtime: March 8, 2014, 12:00 pm
With Summers; de Niese, Chuchman, Graham, Daniels, Costanzo, Domingo, Pisaroni

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Massenet’s Werther

Airtime: March 15, 2014,
With Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bižić, Summers

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Berg’s Wozzeck

Airtime: March 22, 2014
With Levine; Voigt, O’Neill, Hoare, Hampson, Bayley

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Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Airtime: March 29, 2014
With Armiliato; Damrau, Camarena, Pertusi

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Puccini’s La Bohème

Airdate: April 5, 2014
With Ranzani; Hartig, Phillips, Grigolo, Cavalletti, Carfizzi, Gradus, Maxwell

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Giordano’s Andrea Chénier

Airdate: April 12, 2014
With Noseda; Racette, Álvarez, Lučić

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Strauss’s Arabella

Airdate: April 19, 2014, 12:00 pm
With Auguin; Byström, Kühmeier, Saccà, Volle, Winkler

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Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Airdate: April 26, 2014
With Levine; Phillips, Leonard, de Niese, Polenzani, Pogossov, Muraro

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Bellini’s I Puritani

Airdate: May 3, 2014
With Mariotti; Peretyatko, Brownlee, Kwiecien, Pertusi

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Airdate: May 10, 2014
With Luisi, DiDonato, Flórez, Spagnoli, Corbelli, Pisaroni