Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 2018-2019 season marks the 88th year of live Saturday broadcasts and will again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. [Metropolitan Opera]

Dec
1
Sat
2018
MEFISTOFELE
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@Met Opera

MEFISTOFELE : Boito
Original Air Date: 11/08/2018
Cast: Rizzi; Meade, Fabiano, Van Horn, Check
SID.18480000 
Live Broadcast  –Program 120118-mefistofele

First Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Michael Fabiano
Host Mary Jo Heath interviews General Manager Peter Gelb
Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Chorus Master Donald Palumbo

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Christian Van Horn
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Jennifer Check and Angela Meade
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is interviewed by Host Mary Jo Heath

The spectacular Robert Carsen production returns to the Met for the first time since 2000, with bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the diabolical title character, tenor Michael Fabiano as Faust, and soprano Angela Meade as Margherita. Mefistofele is the celebrated and only completed opera by Arrigo Boito—who famously collaborated with Verdi on the libretti for Otello and Falstaff.

Production co-owned by the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco
OperaProduction a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julian H. Robertson, Jr. and Mrs. and
Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr.
Additional funding by the Rose and Robert Edelman Foundation, Inc.

Dec
8
Sat
2018
IL TRITTICO
Dec 8 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

IL TRITTICO : Puccini
de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro, Opolais, McKay, Blythe, Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

Live Saturday Matinee Broadcast – Program 120818-Trittico

First Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Amber Wagner
TOLL BROTHERS – METROPOLITAN OPERA QUIZ
     Guest Artist: Morris Robinson 
     Host: Gerald Martin Moore
     Panelists: Suzanne Martinucci, Rob Marx, and Jonathan Tolins 
Feature: Puccini/Il Trittico Musical Language w/host Mary Jo Heath

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Kristine Opolais about Suor Angellica; Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Stephanie Blythe Suor Angellica and Gianni Schicchi; Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Diana Damrau about La Traviata; Feature: Domingo – 50th Anniversary at the Met; Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Plácido Domingo

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro, with baritone George Gagnidze as the spurned husband; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Principessa; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi. The performances mark the centennial of the work’s world premiere at the Met. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Production a gift of Karen and Kevin Kennedy

Additional funding from the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa, The Annenberg Foundation, Hermione Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, and M. Beverly and Robert G. Bartner

Dec
15
Sat
2018
LA TRAVIATA [HD]
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LA TRAVIATA : Verdi
Cast: Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey
Live in HD

Program 121518-Traviata

First Intermission

Backstage Pass: HD Host Anita Rachvelishvili interviews Juan Diego Floréz
TOLL BROTHERS – METROPOLITAN OPERA QUIZ
Guest Artist: Bartlett Sher  Host: Gerald Martin Moore; Panelists: Neal Goren, Roger Pines, and Melanie Spector

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass: HD Host Anita Rachvelishvili interviews Diana Damrau
Backstage Pass: HD Host Anita Rachvelishvili interviews Quinn Kelsey
Radio Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Erin Morley about Magic Flute

Backstage Pass: General Manager Peter Gelb interviews Music Director Yannick Nézet-SéguinRAM

19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

Production a gift of The Paiko Foundation

Major additional funding from Mercedes T. Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone, and Rolex

 

Dec
22
Sat
2018
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@Met Opera

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST : Puccini
Armiliato; Westbroek, Kaufmann, Bosi, Lucic, Simpson, Rose, Gradus
Original Air Date: 10/27/2018; Broadcast Air Date 12/22/2018
 SID.18510000 

Program 102718-fanciulla

First Intermission
Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Eva-Maria Westbroek
Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Maestro Marco Armiliato

Second Intermission
HD Host Susanna Phillips interviews Jonas Kaufmann
Host Mary Jo Heath interviews Stuart Skelton about Otello

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov portrays Dick Johnson for opening night (Oct 4, 8, 12)  Jonas Kaufmann returns to the MET for performances on Oct 17, 20, 23, and 27.   Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

NYTimes Review: Jonas Kaufmann, Back at the Met, Is Good, Not Great  by Anthony Tommasini Oct. 18, 2018
Observer Review:  Puccini’s Wild West Opera Will Shatter Your Heart (Even With the Met’s Subpar Staging) by James Jorden • 10/08/18 
BWW Review:  Kaufmann Returns to the Met with a ‘Heigh-ho Silver’ in Puccini’s FANCIULLA DEL WEST

Dec
29
Sat
2018
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


THE MAGIC FLUTE:Mozart
Original Air Date: 12/29/2018
Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson
SID.18520000
Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. 
Program 122918-magic-flute

Jan
5
Sat
2019
OTELLO
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


OTELLO:Verdi
Original Air Date: 01/05/2019
Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lucic, Morris
SID.19010639

Program 010519-otello

Intermission
Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Stuart Skelton
Mary Jo Heath interviews Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mary Jo Heath narrates “In Memoriam” feature

Conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut leading Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece, in the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s gripping 2015 production. The cast includes dynamic tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role, star soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and outstanding baritone Željko Lučić as the treacherous Iago.

Jan
12
Sat
2019
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR [HD]
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


ADRIANA LECOUVREUR:Cilea
Original Air Date: 01/12/2019
Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczala, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro
Live in HD SID.19020640
Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

Program 123118-Adriana

Pre-Show 
Backstage Pass: General Manager Peter Gelb interviews Anna Netrebko

First Intermission 
Backstage Pass: HD Host Matthew Polenzani interviews Anita Rachvelishvilli
TOLL BROTHERS – METROPOLITAN OPERA QUIZ
Guest Artist: Paul Appleby Host: Brian Zeger
Panelists: Jon Tolins, George Preston, and Melanie Spector

Second Intermission 
Backstage Pass: HD Host Matthew Polenzani interviews Piotr Beczala
Backstage Pass: General Manager Peter Gelb interviews Director David McVicar
Backstage Pass: HD Host Matthew Polenzani interviews maestro Gianandrea Noseda

Drama Queen (Article by William Berger)
“On New Year’s Eve, Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur returns to the Met with soprano Anna Netrebko in the touchstone title role. She teams up with tenor Piotr Beczała as her lover, Maurizio—a brilliant pairing of stars fresh off a joint triumph in performances of Adriana in Vienna. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili rounds out the all-star principal trio, and maestro Gianandrea Noseda is on the podium. Sir David McVicar’s new staging—the Met’s first new production of the work in more than half a century—embraces Cilea’s glamorous 18th-century Parisian setting but also mines for deeper artistic significance in an opera that is often underestimated.” (William Berger)
Co-Production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; and L’Opéra National de Paris Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

Jan
19
Sat
2019
PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
Jan 19 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm


PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE:Debussy
Original Air Date: 01/15/2019
Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto
SID.19030640

Program 011519-pelleas

First Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews tenor Paul Appleby
Pelléas et Mélisande feature with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews mezzo Isabel Leonard
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Kyle Ketelsen and Ferruccio Furlanetto
Mary Jo Heath interviews Roberto Alagna about Carmen

Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score. A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast.

Jan
26
Sat
2019
MARNIE
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


MARNIE:Nico Muhly
Original Air Date: 11/10/2018
Broadcast Date: 1/10

Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman
SID.19040640

Program 111018-Marnie

SYNOPSIS

INTERMISSION
-Marnie composer Nico Muhly with Elena Park
-Director Michael Mayer, mezzo Isabel Leonard and baritone Christopher Maltman discuss the making of Marnie
-Mary Jo Heath interviews Gerald Finley about Bluebeard’s Castle

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts. Music by Nico Muhly, libretto by Nicholas Wright, based on the novel by Winston Graham Production: Michael Mayer; Set/Projection Designers: Julian Crouch, 59 Productions; Costume Designer: Arianne Phillips; Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams, Choreographer: Lynne Page Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera By special arrangement with Universal Pictures

Feb
2
Sat
2019
CARMEN [HD]
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CARMEN : Bizet
Original Air Date: 02/02/2019
Langrée; Phillips, Margaine, Alagna, Simpson
Live in HD  SID.19050640

Program 020219-carmen

INTERMISSION FEATURES
-Backstage Pass: HD Host Ailyn Pérez interviews Clémentine Margaine
-Backstage Pass: HD Host Ailyn Pérez interviews Children’s Chorus Master Anthony Piccolo and Members of the Children’s Chorus
-Commentator William Berger interviews Luca Pisaroni about Don Giovanni
-Backstage Pass: HD Host Ailyn Pérez interviews Alexander Vinogradov
-Backstage Pass: HD Host Ailyn Pérez interviews Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Production a gift of Mrs. Paul Desmarais Sr.

 
Feb
9
Sat
2019
IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
Feb 9 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm


IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE:Tchaikovsky/Bartók
Original Air Date: 02/09/2019
Nanasi; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow, Denoke, Finley
SID.19060639

Program 020919-iolanta-bluebeard

Intermission Features
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Sonya Yoncheva and Matthew Polenzani
Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Angela Denoke and Gerald Finley
Mary Jo Heath interviews Nadine Sierra about Rigoletto

Mariusz Treliński’s haunting production of the pairing of Tchaikovsky’s and Bartók’s one-act operas makes its first return to the stage since its Met premiere in the 2014–15 season. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva—following her triumphant 2017–18 performances as Tosca—is the blind princess, Iolanta, who discovers love for the first time, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the dashing knight Vaudémont. In Bartók’s chilling Bluebeard’s Castle, baritone Gerald Finley is the menacing Bluebeard, and soprano Angela Denoke is his initially unsuspecting new wife. Henrik Nánási conducts. Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera Production a gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Nicholas F. Taubman; Additional funding from Mrs. Veronica Atkins; Dr. Magdalena Berenyi, in memory of Dr. Kalman Berenyi; and the National Endowment for the Arts

Feb
16
Sat
2019
DON GIOVANNI
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DON GIOVANNI:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/16/2019
Meister; Willis-Sørensen, Lombardi, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Taylor, Cedel, Kocán
SID.19070640

Program 021619-Don-Giovanni

DON GIOVANNI{570}
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart–Lorenzo Da Ponte

Don Giovanni…………Luca Pisaroni
Donna Anna…………..Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Don Ottavio………….Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Donna Elvira…………Federica Lombardi
Leporello……………Ildar Abdrazakov
Zerlina……………..Aida Garifullina
Masetto……………..Brandon Cedel
Commendatore…………Stefan Kocán

Cello Continuo……….David Heiss
Harpsichord Continuo….Howard Watkins

Mandolin Solo………..Joyce Rasmussen Balint

Conductor……………Cornelius Meister

Production…………..Michael Grandage
Designer…………….Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer…….Paule Constable
Choreographer………..Ben Wright
Stage Director……….Louisa Muller

Intermission
-Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Federica Lombardi, and Aida Garifullina
-Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Luca Pisaroni, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac
-Mary Jo Heath interviews Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena about La Fille du Régiment

Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that also include sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Guanqun Yu as Donna Anna, sopranos Federica Lombardi and Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, and basses Ildar Abdrazakov and Adam Plachetka as Leporello. Production a gift of the Richard and Susan Braddock Family Foundation, and Sarah and Howard Solomon Additional funding from Jane and Jerry del Missier, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha Revival a gift of the Metropolitan Opera Club

Feb
23
Sat
2019
RIGOLETTO
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


RIGOLETTO:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/23/2019
Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán
SID.19080640
Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production. Baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze share the title role, and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the role that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenors Vittorio Grigolo, Francesco Demuro, Matthew Polenzani, and Stephen Costello share the role of the lascivious Duke, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Program 022319-Rigoletto

First Intermission
-Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Nadine Sierra and Roberto Frontali
-TOLL BROTHERS – METROPOLITAN OPERA QUIZ
Guest Artist: Jamie Barton; Host: Brian Zeger
Panelists: Cori Ellison, Jeff McMillan, and Rich Miller

Second Intermission
-Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Vittorio Grigolo
-Mary Jo Heath interviews General Manager Peter Gelb

 

Mar
2
Sat
2019
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT [HD]
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT:Donizetti
Original Air Date: 03/02/2019
Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Corbelli, Muraro
Live in HD SID.19090640

Program 030219-Fille

Intermission
-Backstage Pass – HD Host Nadine Sierra interviews Pretty Yende
-William Berger interviews Ailyn Pérez, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Golda Schultz about Falstaff
-Backstage Pass – HD Host Nadine Sierra interviews Stephanie Blythe and Maurizio Muraro
-Backstage Pass – HD Host Nadine Sierra interviews Javier Camarena

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece of casting, stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Enrique Mazzola conducts. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

Mar
9
Sat
2019
DAS RHEINGOLD
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


DAS RHEINGOLD:Wagner
Original Air Date: 03/09/2019
Jordan; Harmer, Barton, Cargill, Ernst, Siegel, Grimsley, Konieczny, Groissböck, Belosselskiy
SID.19100640

PROGRAM 030919-Rheingold

Freia……………….Wendy Bryn Harmer
Fricka……………..Jamie Barton* 
Erda………………..Karen Cargill
Loge……………….Norbert Ernst (MET Debut)
Mime………………Gerhard Siegel
Donner……………Michael Todd Simpson
Wotan……………..Greer Grimsley
Alberich…………..Tomasz Konieczny (MET Debut)
Fasolt………………Gunter Groissbock
Fafner……………..Dmitry Belosselskiy
Woglinde………..Amanda Woodbury
Wellgunde……..Samantha Hankey
Flosshilde………Tamara Mumford
Conductor……….Philippe Jordan
Production …………………Robert Lepage
Associate Director ………Neilson Vignola
Set Designer ………………Carl Fillion
Costume Designer ….. …Francois St-Aubin
Lighting Designer ……….Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist ……..Boris Firquet
Revival Stage Director ..J. Knighten Smit
*(Met Role Debut)

Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring Cycle depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and baritone Michael Volle share the role of Wotan, the conflicted lord of the gods. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings her first Wagner role at the Met as Wotan’s embattled wife, Fricka. In collaboration with Ex Machina

Mar
16
Sat
2019
FALSTAFF
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Original Air Date: 03/16/2019
Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez
SID.19110640

Program 031619-Falstaff

FALSTAFF {192}  Giuseppe Verdi–Arrigo Boito
Sir John Falstaff…….Ambrogio Maestri
Alice Ford…………..Ailyn Pérez
Ford………………..Juan-Jesús Rodriguez
Dame Quickly…………Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Nannetta…………….Golda Schultz
Fenton………………Francesco Demuro
Meg Page…………….Jennifer Johnson Cano
Dr. Cajus……………Tony Stevenson
Bardolfo…………….Keith Jameson
Pistola……………..Richard Bernstein

Conductor……………Richard Farnes

Production…………..Robert Carsen
Set Designer…………Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer……..Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting designer…….Robert Carsen
Lighting Designer…….Peter Van Praet
Stage Director……….Gina Lapinski

Intermission
-Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Ailyn Pérez, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Golda Schultz
-William Berger interviews Ambrogio Maestri, our Falstaff
-Mary Jo Heath interviews Christine Goerke, Brunhilde, about Die Walküre

The revival a gift of Edwin C. Holmer III

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013–14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta.

Mar
23
Sat
2019
SAMSON ET DALILA
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


SAMSON ET DALILA:Saint-Saens
Original Air Date: 03/23/2019
Elder; Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck
SID.19120640
Following triumphant performances in Aida and Adriana Lecouvreur earlier this season, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili gives a commanding … exhilarating (New York Times) performance as the seductive Dalila, opposite tenor Gregory Kunde, who sings Samson with strong, focused tone and … genuine nobility (New York Times). Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid staging of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

Program 032319-samson

Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Samson Gregory Kunde
Abimélech Tomasz Konieczny
The high priest of dagon Laurent Naouri
First philistine  Eduardo Valdes
Second philistine Jeongcheol Cha
A philistine messenger Scott Scully
An old hebrew Günther Groissböck
Dalila Anita Rachvelishvili

First Intermission
-Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Anita Rachvelishvilil
-Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Gregory Kunde and Laurent Naouri
-Backstage Pass: Loren Toolajian interviews Tomasz Konieczny and Günther Groissböck
-Mary Jo Heath interviews maestro Carlo Rizzi

Second Intermission
-Mary Jo Heath interviews chorus master Donald Palumbo
-TOLL BROTHERS – METROPOLITAN OPERA QUIZ
Guest Artist: Erin Morley; Host: Gerald Martin Moorel Panelists: Ken Benson, Brad Cresswell and Peter Kazaras
Pianist: Howard Watson

Mar
30
Sat
2019
DIE WALKÜRE [HD]
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DIE WALKÜRE:Wagner
Original Air Date: 03/30/2019
Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Grimsley, Groissböck
Live in HD SID.19130638
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke, in her MET role debut, plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Program 033019-Walkure

 
Apr
6
Sat
2019
TOSCA
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm

TOSCA : Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/06/2019
Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

Program 040619-Tosca

 
Apr
13
Sat
2019
SIEGFRIED
Apr 13 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

SIEGFRIED:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/13/2019
Jordan; Goerke, Morley, Cargill, Vinke, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Belosselskiy
SID.19150639
SEASON PREMIERE

Program 041319-Siegfried
Opera News Broadcast Page

 

Apr
20
Sat
2019
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA CLEMENZA DI TITO:Mozart
OAD: 04/20/2019  SID.19160640
Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

Program

 

Apr
27
Sat
2019
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm


GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG:Wagner
SEASON PREMIERE 
Jordan; Goerke, Haller, Schuster, Schager, Nikitin, Konieczny, Owens
SID.19170638
Program 042719-gotterdammerung
Broadcast page from OPERA NEWS

 

All Photos @MET OPERA

May
4
Sat
2019
AIDA
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

AIDA : Verdi
OAD: 10/06/2018  Rebroadcast 5/04/2019
Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Speedo Green
Program: 100618-aida

 


NYT Review   (Tommassini)  Last spring at the Metropolitan Opera, the soprano Anna Netrebko took on the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” for the first time. She claimed that touchstone part for her own, and put her mark on the whole season. On Wednesday at the Met, Ms. Netrebko did it again, this time in the title role of Verdi’s “Aida.” She is still fairly new to this challenging part, which she introduced at the Salzburg Festival a year ago. There was something fresh and exploratory about her performance on Wednesday. Yet it also felt fully formed, dramatically deep. And she sang magnificently.


Observer (Jorden)  “Ritorna vincitor!” cries the Egyptian throng in the first scene of Aida as they send their hero off to war: “Return in triumph!”  And that’s what the Met’s undisputed prima donna Anna Netrebko did last night in her first local performance of the protean title role of this opera: she came, she sang and she conquered.

Reviews 

May
11
Sat
2019
DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES [HD]
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
@MET Opera

DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES : Poulenc
OAD: 05/11/2019  SID.19190638
Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Pieczonka, Morley, Cargill, Mattila, Portillo, LaPointe

Program 051119-carmelites