Metropolitan Opera

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

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.

Elīna Garanča, Bryan Hymel, and Ildar Abdrazakov, with the Met chorus in a concert presenation of Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.”
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Airs Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with La Damnation de Faust, Hector Berlioz’s vividly dramatic adaptation of the Faust legend. American tenor Michael Spyres makes his network broadcast debut in the title role as the world-weary philosopher. Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca is Marguerite, an innocent young woman led to ruin, and Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is the diabolical Méphistophélès.

Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Paola Kudacki / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The great American opera features bass-baritone Eric Owens as the humble Porgy, and soprano Angel Blue as his beloved Bess, a woman struggling to escape abuse and addiction. An acclaimed ensemble cast of opera stars portrays the tight-knit African-American community of Catfish Row. It includes Golda Schultz as the young mother Clara, Latonia Moore as the religious Serena, and Denyce Graves as the matriarch Maria.

A scene from William Kentridge's new production of Berg's "Wozzeck.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Berg’s gripping masterpiece Wozzeck, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director. Baritone Peter Mattei makes a role debut this season as the title character, a lowly soldier who falls apart under systematic abuse and humiliation. Soprano Elza van den Heever also adds a new role to her repertoire as Marie, Wozzeck’s unfaithful lover.

Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Macbeth, a performance taped live on September 25, 2019. Anna Netrebko and Željko Lucic reunited as Shakespeare’s ruthlessly ambitious Scottish couple, after having won tremendous acclaim for their portrayals at the Met in 2014. The revival also starred Matthew Polenzani as Macduff and Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo, with Marco Armiliato on the podium, leading the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

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