Metropolitan Opera 2020-2021 Season

Saturday's at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Mary Jo Heath

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history. The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens on December 5th, 2020 – the Met’s 90th consecutive year on the air and a milestone for the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history. The season will include 27 specially selected encore broadcasts, many showcasing operas and stars originally scheduled for live performances in 2020-21. Host Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff return each week, and intermissions will include new interviews with artists, special features, and a virtual Opera Quiz. Broadcasts can be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 Noon CT every Saturday through June 5, 2021

2020-21 Downloadable PDF Version of Broadcast Schedule

The 2020-21 Broadcast Schedule

    

Dmitri Hvrostovsky as Prince Andrei and Anna Netrebko as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace  Photo - Met Opera Archives
Met Opera Archives / Met Opera Archives

Airs Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 12 noon. The Metropolitan Opera's radio broadcast season begins on Saturday, December 5, at 12 noon with Prokofiev’s monumental War and Peace starring Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and a stellar cast in the 2002 performance that marked the Russian soprano’s Met broadcast debut.

A scene from Donizetti's Maria Stuarda taken during the rehearsal on December 24, 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 12 noon. In the last scheduled Saturday matinee radio broadcast of its 2019-20 season, the Metropolitan Opera presents Donizetti’s riveting historical drama Maria Stuarda. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, in a performance from 2013, when the opera had its Met premiere. DiDonato is Mary Stuart, the deposed Queen of Scots, being held captive in England.

Metropolitan Opera: Janácek's Káta Kabanová
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janácek’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.

Nina Stemme in the title role and Marco Berti as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 12 noon. 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. Soprano Anita Hartig was the courageous slave girl Liù, and bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk was Calàf’s exiled father, Timur.

A scene from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 12 noon. 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. The beloved Russian baritone sang the title role of the Doge of Genoa, a ruler striving for political and personal reconciliation. Soprano Barbara Frittoli was Amelia, Boccanegra’s long-lost daughter, with tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, the rebel Gabriele Adorno, and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the Doge’s sworn enemy Fiesco.

Anna Netrebko in the title role and Michael Volle as Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca."
Ken Howard / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 12 noon. 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.

Hei-Kyung Hong as Euridice and Jamie Barton as Orfeo in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice."
Ken Howard / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12 noon. 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. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton stars as the legendary musician Orpheus. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong is Eurydice, the bride he is determined to rescue from the underworld, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park is the compassionate god Amore. Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Met orchestra and chorus in a jewel of the late baroque repertoire.

A scene from Massenet's Werther - Photo  Marty Sohl - Met Opera
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season will 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.

Portrait of Gioachino Rossini - Vincenzo Camuccini  (1771–1844)
Vincenzo Camuccini (1771–1844) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 12 noon.  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.

A scene from Wagner's  Der Fliegende Holländer
Ken Howard / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a recorded version of Der Fliegende Holländer, The Flying Dutchman, Wagner’s spellbinding tale of a legendary curse and a love that transcends death. Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin stars in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open seas for eternity. German soprano Anja Kampe makes her network broadcast debut as Senta, the woman who resolves to save his soul.

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