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Met Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Matinee Broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history.

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee radio broadcasts continue each Saturday with a pre-recorded performance from their archives.

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Saturday January 23, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Fausto Cleva, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from February 4, 1961.

Leontyne Price (Leonora), Irene Dalis (Azucena), Franco Corelli (Manrico), Robert Merrill (di Luna), William Wilderman (Ferrando)

Gounod: Faust

Saturday January 30, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from December 10, 2011.

Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Michèle Losier (Siebel), Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), Russell Braun (Valentin), René Pape (Méphistophélès)

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday February 6, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Fausto Cleva, conductor

On February 6, the Metropolitan Opera will air a historic performance chosen by radio listeners from around the world: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas. This performance from December 8, 1956, is the renowned soprano's only Met radio broadcast. She portrayed the tragic heroine who comes undone in one of opera's most famous mad scenes.

Maria Callas (Lucia), Giuseppe Campora (Edgardo), Enzo Sordello (Enrico), Nicola Moscona (Raimondo)

Massenet: Cendrillon

Saturday February 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from April 28, 2018.

Kathleen Kim (La Fée), Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon), Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)

Puccini: La Rondine

Saturday February 20, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Marco Armiliato, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from January 10, 2009.

Angela Gheorghiu (Magda), Lisette Oropesa (Lisette), Roberto Alagna (Ruggero), Marius Brenciu (Prunier), Samuel Ramey (Rambaldo)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday February 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Sebastian Weigle, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from May 13, 2017.

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elina Garanca (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Helene Schneiderman (Annina), Matthew Polenzani (A Singer), Alan Oke (Valzacchi), Markus Brück (Faninal), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs)

Bizet: Carmen

Saturday March 6, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from November 1, 2014.

Anita Hartig (Micaëla), Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Don José), Ildar Abdrazakov (Escamillo)

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Saturday March 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Harry Bicket, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from January 10, 2018.

Ailyn Pérez (Countess), Nadine Sierra (Susanna), Isabel Leonard (Cherubino), Katarina Leoson (Marcellina), Mariusz Kwiecien (Count), Ildar Abdrazakov (Figaro), Maurizio Muraro (Dr. Bartolo)

Rossini: Le Comte Ory

Saturday March 20, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Maurizio Benini, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from February 2, 2013.

Pretty Yende (Countess Adèle), Karine Deshayes (Isolier), Susanne Resmark (Ragonde), Juan Diego Flórez (Count Ory), Nathan Gunn (Raimbaud), Nicola Ulivieri (Tutor)

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Saturday March 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Andrew Davis, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from March 10, 2012.

Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna), Ellie Dehn (Donna Elvira), Isabel Leonard (Zerlina), Matthew Polenzani (Don Ottavio), Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Bryn Terfel (Leporello), Shenyang (Masetto), James Morris (Commendatore)

Dvorák: Rusalka

Saturday April 3, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from February 8, 2014.

Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince), John Relyea (Water Gnome)

Puccini: La Bohème

Saturday April 10, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Alexander Soddy, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from October 2, 2017.

Angel Blue (Mimì), Brigitte Kele (Musetta), Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Duncan Rock (Schaunard), David Soar (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Janácek: From the House of the Dead

Saturday April 17, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from December 2, 2009.

Stefan Margita (Filka Morozov/Kuzmich), Eric Stoklossa (Alyeya), Peter Mattei (Shishkov), Willard White (Gorianchikov)

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Saturday April 24, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from November 26, 2013.

Anne Schwanewilms (Empress), Christine Goerke (Dyer's Wife), Ildikó Komlósi (Nurse), Torsten Kerl (Emperor), Johan Reuter (Barak), Richard Paul Fink (Messenger)

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Saturday May 1, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Maurizio Benini, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from April 16, 2016.

Sondra Radvanovsky (Elisabetta), Elina Garanca (Sara), Matthew Polenzani (Roberto), Mariusz Kwiecien (Duke of Nottingham)

Anna Netrebko Puccini Gala

Saturday May 8, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from December 31, 2019.

LA BOHÈME, ACT I: Anna Netrebko (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo), Quinn Kelsey (Marcello), Davide Luciano (Schaunard), Christian Van Horn (Colline), Arthur Woodley (Benoit); TOSCA, ACT I: Anna Netrebko (Tosca), Yusif Eyvazov (Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan); TURANDOT, ACT II: Anna Netrebko (Turandot), Yusif Eyvazov (Calàf)

Wagner: Tristan und Isold

Saturday May 15, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Simon Rattle, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from October 8, 2016.

Nina Stemme (Isolde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne), Stuart Skelton (Tristan), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal), René Pape (King Marke)

Bellini: I Puritani

Saturday May 22, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Maurizio Benini, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from February 18, 2017.

Diana Damrau (Elvira Walton), Javier Camarena (Lord Arturo Talbot), Alexey Markov (Riccardo Forth), Luca Pisaroni (Giorgio Walton)

Verdi: Otello

Saturday May 29, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from October 17, 2015.

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Dimitri Pittas (Cassio), Željko Lucic (Iago), Günther Groissböck (Lodovico)

Britten: Billy Budd

Saturday June 5, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Steuart Bedford, conductor

Featuring a previously-recorded performance from March 8, 1997.

Philip Langridge (Captain Vere), Dwayne Croft (Billy Budd), James Morris (Claggart), Victor Braun (Mr. Redburn), Julien Robbins (Lt. Ratcliffe), James Courtney (Mr. Flint), Paul Plishka (Dansker)

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