The Metropolitan Opera

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and our very own Philadelphia Orchestra maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium. Saturday, February 8, 1 to 5 pm on WRTI.

Singing at The Metropolitan Opera rarely means just returning to "business as usual." But - for soprano Renee Fleming, the worldwide audience for the February 8th Met Opera radio broadcast and HD simulcast in which she stars will be small change compared to the millions who watched her recent pre-Super Bowl performance.

Soprano Anna Netrebko reprises her adorable Adina in this charming production of Gaetano Donizetti’s tender comedy. Acclaimed tenor Ramón Vargas is the love-struck Nemorino, and Erwin Schrott sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose "magic" potion causes as many problems as it solves, and maps the destiny of a love triangle involving a lovable bumpkin, a dashing sergeant, and a bewitching town flirt.

L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) includes the heartbreaking aria "Una furtiva lagrima."

Join us for an archival broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance Eugene Onegin. Valery Gergiev conducts the performance from October 5th, 2013, which features soprano Anna Netrebko as the naive heroine Tatiana, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as the aristocratic title character, and tenor Piotr Beczala as the poet Lenski. Mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova sings the role of Tatiana’s sister, Olga, and Alexei Tanovitski sings Prince Gremin.

It's Johann Strauss Jr.'s beloved operatic confection, with a revised libretto by acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, this production of DIE FLEDERMAUS (The Bat) features Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman leading the sparkling cast, which also includes Jane Archibald, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Fabiano, and Paulo Szot. Adam Fischer conducts. Sung in English. Saturday, January 11, 1 to 5 pm.

Join us for a family favorite! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE. This fanciful production is sung in English and runs a brisk 100 minutes - perfect for new opera listeners. The winning cast includes Alek Shrader as Tamino, Eric Owens as Sarastro, and Nathan Gunn as the winsome Papageno. Saturday, January 4, 1 to 2:45 pm.

Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composer’s centennial. James Conlon conducts the gifted ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberon - the fairies' Queen and King. Saturday, December 21, 1 to 4:30 pm

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An undisputed master of Verdi's final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts the first new Met Falstaff since 1964. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble cast, in a production set in the mid-20th century. Join us on Saturday, December 14, 1 to 4 pm.

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The 2013/14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins on WRTI with a live broadcast of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto, set in Las Vegas and starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performance of the title role. Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two artists make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Bass Štefan Kocán and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova are the corrupt siblings Sparafucile and Maddalena.

Which recording of the famous aria "Quando m'en vo" also known as "Musetta's Waltz" is your favorite? Musetta sings the aria in the second act of Puccini's LA BOHEME. Please let us know!