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The Metropolitan Opera
7:32 am
Sat January 26, 2013

The Met Opera: Puccini's LA RONDINE, Jan. 26th at 1 pm

Kristine Opolais made “a spectacular Met debut” (New York Post). As Magda, she “brought creamy sound, pliant phrasing and floating high notes” to Puccini’s La Rondine. “A lovely woman and an affectingly natural actress, she has a plush voice with a throbbing richness that lends a touch of poignancy to every phrase she sings (New York Times).

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The Metropolitan Opera
6:49 am
Fri January 18, 2013

The Met Opera: Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA, Jan. 19th at 1 pm

Joyce DiDonato sings the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots
David Zobel

Joyce DiDonato's performance in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, "will be pointed to as a model of singing," full of  "plush richness and aching beauty," in this Met premiere production. Elza van den Heever is "a vocally burnished and emotionally tempestuous" Elizabeth (New York Times). Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, January 19th, 1 to 4 pm.
Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

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WRTI Spotlight
1:33 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The Met Opera: Verdi's IL TROVATORE, January 12 at 1 pm

Patricia Racette as Leonora
Ken Howard The Metropolitan Opera

Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore returns to the Met in a revival the New York Times calls "rousing, satisfying, truly fun." Verdi’s intense melodrama includes some of the composer’s most memorable music. Patricia Racette is in the role of Leonora, Marco Berti sings Manrico, and Alexey Markov is the Count, with star mezzo Stephanie Blythe as the deadly gypsy Azucena. Saturday, January 12, 1 to 4 pm.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association

Cast:

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WRTI Spotlight
8:45 am
Sat January 5, 2013

The Met Opera: Berlioz's LES TROYENS, Jan. 5th at 12 noon

The Met offers a rare opportunity to hear Hector Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces. Susan Graham's tones were burnished, her acting impassioned.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:02 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Met Opera: Thomas Ades' THE TEMPEST, Dec. 29 at 1 pm

The New York Times calls Thomas Adès’s masterpiece “one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years….and offers a superb cast, headed by the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside… Ariel is a dazzling creation and Audrey Luna conquers the role…Adès drew a textured, glittering and suspenseful account of his opera from the great Met orchestra.” The Financial Times lauds the performance’s “rare virtuosity… Keenlyside sang with sensitive force… [and] loomed and brooded magnetically.” The Associated Press praises Adès’s “magical score

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A Special Holiday Family Production in English
12:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Met Opera: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Dec. 22 at 1 pm

The Barber of Seville is a rollicking comedy classic the entire family can enjoy. This holiday entertainment is razor-sharp, stylishly-sung (in English!) and just two hours long. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Saturday, December 22, 1 to 3 pm.

CAST:
Conductor: Yves Abel
Rosina: Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader
Figaro: Rodion Pogossov

WRTI Spotlight
4:56 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The Met Opera: Verdi's AIDA on Dec. 15th at 1 pm

Liudmyla Monastyrska makes her Met Opera debut singing the title role of Verdi's AIDA.

The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Carl Tanner and Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Dolora Zajick and Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts this revival.

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The Metropolitan Opera's Season Begins!
8:22 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Met Opera: Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Dec. 8th at 1 pm

Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Anckarström, and Márcelo Àlvarez sings King Gustavo III in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's A Masked Ball. Conspirators want the Swedish monarch Gustav III dead — and suspected adultery plays right into their murderous plans. The king is in love with his best friend's wife, and she's in love with him. Desperate to extinguish her ardor, she turns to a sorceress for help, but too late! The secret's out and a devastated husband takes his revenge.

Verdi is at the peak of his musical and dramatic genius as he delves deeply into the psyches of three people who love, yet destroy, each other.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:28 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Met Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert: July 8th on ENCORE!

The 2012 winners of the Met Opera National Council Auditions

Join us from 3 to 6 pm on July 8th for a real treat! Nearly 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 competed in this year's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - considered the most prestigious opera competition in North America.  Five were ultimately selected, and will be heard in our broadcast on Sunday.

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The Metropolitan Opera
7:16 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Janacek's THE MAKROPULOS CASE: May 5th at 12:30 pm

Join us at 12:30 pm (early start time) on Saturday, May 5th for The Met Opera's The Makropulos Case. Count on a tour-de-force performance from Karita Mattila in Leos Janácek’s absorbing drama of a diva’s supernatural fight against her destiny. Czech expert Jirí Behlolávek conducts.

Synopsis Here

CAST:

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