Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season

Saturday's at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Margaret Juntwait

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history. This season kicks off on December 2, 2017 with the Requiem by Verdi and run  through May 5, 2018 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette by Gounod. The season will feature The Magic Flute, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Tosca, Thaïs, Parsifal, La Bohème, Turandot, and Così Fan Tutte among otherand much more. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 5, 2017. Mary Jo Heath will be the season’s new host.

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Paola Kudacki / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with 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.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 12 noon.  The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with 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.

Karen Almond / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues as 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.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Rossini’s Semiramide. The Met’s first live Saturday matinee broadcast of this opera in 25 years features a cast of leading bel canto singers. Soprano Angela Meade stars in the title role as the Babylonian queen who conceals a dark secret, with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, the young warrior she chooses to be king.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of 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.

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