Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 84th season presents 23 broadcasts from December 2014 to May 2015. James Levine is Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series's host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.
In Bartlett Sher's effervescent production of Rossini's most popular opera, Isabel Leonard
is the beautiful and feisty Rosina, who won't be kept under lock and key. Lawrence Brownlee
is her conspiring flame, Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman is the omnipotent barber, Figaro.
Michele Mariotti conducts.
Learn more about this production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
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James Levine returns to Wagner with this epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. James Morris and Michael Volle share the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva.
Learn more about this production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Richard Eyre's new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century
manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar
cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna,
along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino.
Edo de Waart conducts.
Learn more about this production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Verdi's consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker's timeless setting, with rising sopranos
Marina Rebeka and Sonya Yoncheva sharing the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello and
Francesco Demuro are Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier and Quinn Kelsey are Germont, and Marco Armiliato
Learn more about this production of La Traviata.
In Richard Jones's witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, two children face off against a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what's coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel will lead a delightful feast for our younger patrons.
Learn more about this production of Hansel and Gretel.
Grand opera at its grandest: the splendors of ancient Egypt return to the stage of the Met. Verdi's mythic love triangle features Liudmyla Monastyrska, Tamara Wilson, and Oksana Dyka sharing the title role, with Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana as Amneris and Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti singing Radamès. Marco Armiliato and Plácido Domingo share conducting duties.
Learn more about this production of Aida.
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár's enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim's. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne. Mezzo-soprano diva Susan Graham takes on the title role later in the run. Sir Andrew Davis and Fabio Luisi conduct.
Learn more about this production of The Merry Widow.
Franco Zeffirelli's classic take on Puccini's most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. The role of the fragile Mimì is shared by Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and Kristine Opolais, with Francesco Demuro, Michael Fabiano, and Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts.
Learn more about this production of La Bohème.
Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. The roles of the three heroines are shared by an impressive lineup of singing actresses, including Hibla Gerzmava, Susanna Phillips, Erin Morley, Audrey Luna, Christine Rice, and Elena Maximova. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach's sparkling score.
Learn more about this production of Les Contes D'Hoffmann.