Classical 91.5 is proud to present the radio broadcast series of The Metropolitan Opera in December. The Metropolitan Operaâ€™s Saturday matinee broadcasts are currently the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 83rd season begins with Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto on December 7, continuing the celebration of Verdiâ€™s 200thbirthday. Margaret Juntwait returns as the seriesâ€™ host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.
The Metropolitan Operaâ€™s Saturday matinee broadcasts include:
Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdiâ€™s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayerâ€™s dazzling production set in Las Vegasâ€”the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012â€“13 season. Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing Duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, both in their Met debuts, sing Gilda. Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto airs Saturday, December 7 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.
An undisputed master of Verdi's final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen's acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble cast. Verdiâ€™s Falstaff airs Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5. This opera is also part of the Met at the Movies series. Click here for details.
Brittenâ€™s A Midsummerâ€™s Night Dream
Brittenâ€™s adaptation of Shakespeareâ€™s magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composerâ€™s centennial. James Conlon conducts the gifted ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberonâ€”the fairiesâ€™ Queen and King. Brittenâ€™s A Midsummerâ€™s Night Dream airs Saturday, December 21 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.
Pucciniâ€™s timeless verismo score is well served by two exceptional casts. Patricia Racette and Sondra Radvanovsky share the title role of the jealous diva, opposite two leading tenorsâ€”Roberto Alagna and Marcello Giordani. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia. Pucciniâ€™s Tosca airs Saturday, December 28 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.