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.
The vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet's beguiling heroine, opposite the ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo, in Laurent Pelly's elegant production, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
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New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto's unhinged bride, delivering opera's most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman's production evokes the moors and castles of Scotland for Donizetti's melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini.
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James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine's first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo's first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love.
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Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi's ambitious score with a stand-out cast in Nicholas Hytner's handsome production. Yonghoon Lee sings the title role, with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, reprising his definitive portrayal of King Philip.
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Shostakovich's towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts.
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Opera's most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) play the unlucky heroines. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
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