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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.

Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’

January 23, 2021

A star-studded performance from 1961 starring Leontyne Price (Leonora), Irene Dalis (Azucena), and Franco Corelli (Manrico) and conducted by Fausto Cleva.

Gounod’s ‘Faust’

January 30, 2021

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this 2011 performance with Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), Russell Braun (Valentin), and René Pape (Méphistophélès).

Listeners’ Choice: Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

February 6, 2021

The great Maria Callas stars as the title character in this 1956 performance conducted by Fausto Cleva. Giuseppe Campora (Edgardo), Enzo Sordello (Enrico), Nicola Moscona (Raimondo) costar.

Massenet’s ‘Cendrillon’

February 13, 2021

From April 2018: Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character in Massenet’s adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. Kathleen Kim (La Fée), Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe) co-star; Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’

February 20, 2021

Marco Armiliato leads a star-studded cast: Angela Gheorghiu (Magda), Lisette Oropesa (Lisette), Roberto Alagna (Ruggero), Marius Brenciu (Prunier), Samuel Ramey (Rambaldo). From 2009.

Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’

February 27, 2021

Renée Fleming (Marschallin) stars with Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Helene Schneiderman (Annina), Matthew Polenzani (A Singer). Sebastian Weigle conducts this 2017 performance.

Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

March 6, 2021

From 2014: Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen), Anita Hartig (Micaëla), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Don José), Ildar Abdrazakov (Escamillo) in Bizet’s seminal work.