The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s Rigoletto

Classical 91.5 is proud to present the radio broadcast series of The Metropolitan Opera in December. The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are currently the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history.  The 83rd season begins with Verdi’s Rigoletto on December 7, continuing the celebration of Verdi’s 200thbirthday. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’ host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts include:

Verdi’s Rigoletto
Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas—the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012–13 season. Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing Duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, both in their Met debuts, sing Gilda.  Verdi’s Rigoletto airs Saturday, December 7 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

Verdi’s Falstaff
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.  Verdi’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.

Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composer’s centennial. James Conlon conducts the gifted ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberon—the fairies’ Queen and King.  Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream airs Saturday, December 21 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

Puccini’s Tosca
Puccini’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 tenors—Roberto Alagna and Marcello Giordani. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.  Puccini’s Tosca airs Saturday, December 28 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.