The Metropolitan Opera

Radio Broadcasts


From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world's leading opera companies. Today, the Met's preeminent position rests on the elements that established its reputation: high quality performances with many of the world's most renowned artists, a superior company of choral and orchestral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public.

Metropolitan Opera House

Each season, the Met stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York City. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Met on television, on tours, and through cinemacasts, radio, and recordings. 

Met Opera Radio

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 84th season begins on December 6, 2014, with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll-Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 9, 2015. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series's  host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell

Opera Links

     Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

     Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.org

     Houston Grand Opera www.houstongrandopera.org/

     San Antonio Opera www.saopera.com

     Santa Fe Opera www.santafeopera.org

     Tulsa Opera  www.tulsaopera.com

     Wichita Grand Opera  www.wichitagrandopera.org

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Richard Eyre's new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville in the 1930's. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sorensen as the Countess and Serene Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts.


James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of the epic comedy Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. Michael Volle plays the central role of Hans Sachs, Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva.


The 84th season of the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts opens on December 6th at 11:00am CST with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard and Lawrence Brownlee. Post-opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.


This Saturday at Noon, the San Francisco Opera performs Puccini's Tosca. This thriller, featuring Christian Van Horn & Patricia Racette, depicts a corrupt police chief who sets his sights on a glamorous singer as he plots to destroy her lover, a politically rebellious painter. Post opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.


This Saturday at Noon features the season opener for the San Francisco Opera. Arrigo Boito's Mephistopheles is a classic retelling of Goethe's Faust. With an all star line-up that includes Ramon Vargas, Patricia Racette & Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Nicola Luisotti conducts one Hell of a monumental work. Post-opera programming presented by volunteer Lane Whitesell.