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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. Saturday, January 18, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI. http://youtu.be...

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. http://youtu.be/QROR4LioU-8 Synopsis CAST:...

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. http://youtu.be/uhIdTirLolM Synopsis Conductor : Jane Glover
Pamina : Heidi Stober
Queen of the Night : Kathryn Lewek
Tamino : Alek Shrader

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 Background article about the opera Synopsis Cast: Todd Simpson: Demetrius Erin Wall: Helena Kathleen Kim: Tytania lestyn Davies: Oberon...

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. http://youtu.be/ULMdId6b2PY Synopsis Read an article about James Levine returning to the Met Opera. Cast: Conductor : James Levine
Nannetta : Lisette Oropesa
Alice : Angela...

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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...

Opera's Leading Man: Heartthrob Roberto Alagna

Nov 4, 2013

Roberto Alagna is back at the Met, and back in the kind of romantic leading role that has made him an operatic heartthrob. The superstar tenor, having recently celebrated a landmark birthday, tells WRTI's Jim Cotter that he's also in one the greatest periods of his life, both personally and artistically. http://youtu.be/PvBrObLIvQo Over the course of his almost 20 year-long relationship with the equally fiery Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, the couple's on again/off again relationship was...

As this year's Metropolitan Opera broadcast season comes to a close, join us to hear Götterdämmerung , the last opera in Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle, "Der Ring des Nibelungen." The Ring's cataclysmic finale stars Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde opposite Lars Cleveman as Siegfried - the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Hans-Peter König is Hagen and Fabio Luisi conducts. Sunday, May 11, *11 am to 5 pm (*note early start time) Synopsis Cast: Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Brünnhilde: Deborah...

Poulenc’s masterpiece makes a rare return to the repertory with a fine cast led by Patricia Racette, Felicity Palmer, and Isabel Leonard. Louis Langrée conducts this dramatic work with one of the most haunting final moments in opera. Saturday, May 4, *11:30 am to 3 pm (*note early start time). Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites Synopsis Cast: Conductor: Louis Langrée
Blanche de la Force: Isabel Leonard
Mme Lidoine: Patricia Racette
Constance: Erin Morley
Mère Marie: Elizabeth Bishop
First Prioress: Felicity Palmer
Chevalier de la Force: Paul Appleby

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