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Airs Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns’s dramatic opera based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and tenor Gregory Kunde star as the Philistine seductress and the Hebrew leader whose love and strength she betrays. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri is the High Priest of Dagon, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny is the Philistine commander Abimélech, and bass Günther Groissböck is the Old Hebrew.

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Airs Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Das Rheingold, the first opera of Wagner’s four-part cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The cast of preeminent Wagnerian singers features Greer Grimsley as Wotan, the flawed king of the gods, Norbert Ernst as the crafty Loge, and Tomasz Konieczny as Alberich, who forges a ring that carries great power and a dreadful curse. Jamie Barton is Wotan’s wife Fricka, Günther Groissbock and Dmitry Belosselskiy sing the giants Fasolt and Fafner, Karen Cargill is Erda, the mysterious goddess of the earth, Gerhard Siegel is Alberich’s brother Mime, and Wendy Bryn Harmer is Freia, the goddess of youth. Philippe Jordan conducts the performance. Das Rheingold is the first of all four Ring cycle operas to be featured in upcoming Saturday matinee broadcasts. It will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 noon CT on Saturday, March 9.

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Airs Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Régiment. Soprano Pretty Yende stars in the title role as Marie, the young girl taken in and raised as a daughter by a regiment of French soldiers. Tenor Javier Camarena is Tonio, the boy who enlists just to marry her – and sings the show-stopping aria “Ah! mes amis,” famous for its remarkable nine high Cs.

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Airs Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 12 noon.  The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s gripping tragedy Rigoletto. The cast stars soprano Nadine Sierra as the innocent Gilda, tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the lascivious Duke, and baritone Roberto Frontali in the title role as the embittered jester who tries to shield his daughter from a corrupt world. Bass Štefan Kocán is the assassin Sparafucile, and mezzo-soprano Ramona Zaharia is his sister Maddalena. Nicola Luisotti conducts the performance.

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Airs Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dark comedy based on the legend of Don Juan. Luca Pisaroni stars as the rakish and unrepentant title character, with Ildar Abdrazakov as his put-upon servant Leporello, and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the wronged noblewoman Donna Anna. Making their network broadcast debuts are Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Aida Garifullina as Zerlina, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio.

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