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The Metropolitan Opera (the "Met") is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  It is the largest classical music organization in North America . Several operas are presented in new productions each season along with revivals of productions from previous seasons.

The operas in the Met's repertoire consist of a wide range of works, from 18th century Baroque and 19th century bel canto to the minimalism of the late 20th Century. These operas are presented in staged productions that range in style from those with elaborate traditional decors to others that feature modern conceptual designs.

The Met's performing company consists of a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus, children's choir, and many supporting and leading solo singers. The company also employs numerous free-lance dancers, actors, musicians and other performers throughout the season. The Met's roster of singers includes both international and American artists, some of whose careers have been developed through the Met's young artists program. While many singers appear periodically as guests with the company, others, such as Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo, have long maintained a close association with the Met, appearing many times each season.

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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This week’s San Francisco Opera broadcast is George Frideric Handel’s Baroque-era masterpiece, “Xerxes,” (Serse), based loosely upon the life of Xerxes I of Persia. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and countertenor David Daniels (pictured) star. Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell at noon, Saturday, September 29.


Celebrated soprano Renee Fleming (pictured) dazzles in this week’s San Francisco Opera broadcast of Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia,” at noon Saturday, September 22. Renee performs as the ruthless femme fatale who becomes vulnerable when comes face-to-face with her long-lost son, played by tenor Michael Fabiano. Hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell.


The Saturday, September 15 noon San Francisco Opera broadcast is Charles Francois Gounod’s “Faust,” the French romantic masterpiece that tells Goethe’s heartbreaking story of a forlorn philosopher who regains his youth by making a deal with the Devil. Tenor Stefano Secco and soprano Patricia Racette (pictured) perform the roles of Marguerite and Faust. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Join us Saturday at noon for the San Francisco Opera broadcast, a world premiere to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Composer Christopher Theofanidis created “Heart of a Composer,” a tribute to Rick Rescorla, a British-born adventurer and Vietnam veteran who on September 11, led 2,700 people to safety—literally singing them down the stairs—before heading back into a burning building for one last check, never to emerge. Baritone Thomas Hampson (pictured) portrays Mr. Rescorla.


Hear the San Francisco Opera broadcast of Bizet’s “Carmen,” this Saturday at noon. Soprano Anita Rachvelishvili (pictured) portrays the captivating but capricious Carmen in one of the most vivid characters in opera history. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

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