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Metropolitan Opera: Rossini's La Donna del Lago

Airs Saturday, December 19, at 12 noon. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast of Rossini’s bel canto showcase La Donna del Lago, starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role of Elena, the “lady of the lake,” which she sang last season for the opera’s Met premiere. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee adds a new bel canto hero to his company repertory as King James V of Scotland, who falls in love with Elena while traveling the countryside in disguise. Michele Mariotti, the dynamic maestro who led the Met premiere of the opera, returns to conduct this revival. And three other stars from the company premiere are reprising their roles: Daniela Barcellona as Elena’s true love, Malcolm; John Osborn as her fiancé, the warrior Rodrigo; and Oren Gradus as her father, Duglas.  La Donna del Lago will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 19.