The Metropolitan Opera

Saturdays at 12:00 pm
The auditorium of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Since 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts have brought performances from New York City to listeners around the world.

From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading opera companies. Today, the Met continues to present high-quality performances with many of the world’s most renowned artists, a superior company of orchestral and choral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public. Each season the Metropolitan stages more than 200 opera performances in New York which more than 800,000 people attend. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Metropolitan Opera on television, through cinemacasts, radio, on tour and recordings.

WFMT offers a complete opera every Saturday at noon with productions from the following companies:

“PARSIFAL” (Wagner)

February 17, 2018

Hear Wagner’s “Parsifal” featuring Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal); Peter Mattei (Amfortas); René Pape (Gurnemanz); Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor); Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry); Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

“L’ELISIR D’AMORE” (Donizetti)

February 10, 2018

The cast includes Pretty Yende (Adina); Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino); Ildebrando d’Arcangelo (Dr Dulcamara); Davide Luciano (Belcore). Domingo Hindoyan conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

“IL TROVATORE” (Verdi)

February 3, 2018

Hear a performance of Verdi classic opera featuring Yonghoon Lee (Manrico); Maria Agresta (Leonora); Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena); Quinn Kelsey (Count di Luna); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Marco Armiliato conducts.

“TOSCA” (Puccini)

January 28, 2018

Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role in Puccini’s Tosca. She is joined by Vittorio Grigolo (Cavaradossi); Željko Lučić (Scarpia); Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

“THAÏS” (MASSENET)

January 20, 2018

Chicago native Ailyn Perez sings the title role in Thaïs. She is joined by Gerald Finley (Athanael); Jean-François Borras (Nicias); David Pittsinger (Palémon); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

“CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA”/ “PAGLIACCI”

January 13, 2018

Hear a double bill with Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” featuring Roberto Alagna (Turiddu; Canio); Ekaterina Semenchuk (Santuzza); Aleksandra Kurzak (Nedda); Zeljko Lucic (Alfio); George Gagnidze (Tonio); Alessio Arduini (Silvio); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Nicola Luisotti (conductor).

“HANSEL AND GRETEL” (Humperdink)

January 6, 2018

Enjoy an English-language performance of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Tara Erraught (Hansel); Lisette Oropesa (Gretel); Dolora Zajick (Gertrude); Quinn Kelsey (Peter); Gerhard Siegel (Witch); Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Donald Runnicles (conductor).  

THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehár)

December 30, 2017

Susan Graham is Lehár’s The Merry Widow with Paul Groves, Andriana Chuchman, and Taylor Stayton, conducted by Ward Stare

MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Mozart)

December 24, 2017

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, featuring Adam Plachetka (Figaro); Christiane Karg (Susanna); Luca Pisaroni (Count); Rachel Willis-Sorensen (Countess); Serena Malfi (Cherubino); Metropolitan Opera Cho & Orch/Harry Bicket.

NORMA (Bellini)

December 16, 2017

Bellini’s Norma, featuring Angela Meade (Norma); Jamie Barton (Adalgisa); Joseph Calleja (Pollione); Matthew Rose (Oroveso); Metropolitan Opera Cho & Orch/Joseph Colaneri.

MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart)

December 9, 2017

Hear Mozart’s Magic Flute in an abridged, in English-language version. Charles Castronovo (Tamino); Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Pamina); Tobias Kehrer (Sarastro); Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night); Nathan Gunn (Papageno); Metropolitan Opera Cho & Orch/Edo de Waart.

REQUIEM (Verdi)

December 2, 2017

James Levin leads a performance of Verdi’s Requiem Mass featuring Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano; Aleksandr Antonenko, tenor; Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass; and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

DER ROSENKAVALIER (Strauss)

May 13, 2017

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Markus Brück (Faninal).

CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Alfano)

May 6, 2017

Jennifer Rowley (Roxane), Roberto Alagna (Cyrano), Atalla Ayan (Christian), Juan Jesús Rodríguez (De Guiche).

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Wagner)

April 29, 2017

Michael Volle (Dutchman), Amber Wagner (Senta), Franz-Josef Selig (Daland), Jay Hunter Morris (Erik), Ben Bliss (Steersman), Dolora Zajick (Mary).

EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky)

April 22, 2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin), Anna Netrebko (Tatiana), Alexey Dolgov (Lensky), Elena Maximova (Olga), Stefan Kocan (Prince Gremin).

AIDA (Verdi)

April 15, 2017

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Riccardo Massi (Radames), Violeta Urmana (Amneris), George Gagnidze (Amonasro), James Morris (Ramfis).

FIDELIO (Beethoven)

April 1, 2017

Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Marzelline), Klaus Florian Vogt (Florestan), Falk Struckmann (Rocco), David Portillo (Jaquino), Greer Grimsley (Don Pizarro).

IDOMENEO (Mozart)

March 25, 2017

Nadine Sierra (Ilia), Elza van den Heever (Elettra), Alice Coote (Idamante), Matthew Polenzani (Idomeneo), Alan Opie (Arbace).

GUILLAUME TELL (Rossini)

March 18, 2017

Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Maria Zifchak (Hedwige), Janai Brugger (Jemmy), Gerald Finley (Guillame Tell).

“LA BOHÈME” (Puccini)

February 24, 2018

Hear Puccini’s La bohème featuring Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo); Sonya Yoncheva (Mimi); Lucas Meacham (Marcello); Susanna Phillips (Musetta); Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard); Matthew Rose (Colline); and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra led by Marco Armiliato.