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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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The Metropolitan Opera broadcast airs at noon, Saturday, March 22. “Wozzeck’s” longtime champion James Levine conducts Alban Berg’s gripping score of passion, despair, and murder. Soprano Deborah Voigt and baritone Thomas Hampson (pictured) step into the demanding roles of Marie and the hapless title character for the first time in their remarkable careers. Lane Whitesell hosts.


The Metropolitan Opera returns to a noon schedule Saturday, March 15. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, “Werther,” opposite mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. Lane Whitesell hosts.


Tune in at 11 a.m. for the Met’s broadcast of “The Enchanted Island.” Inspired by the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche,” The Enchanted Island” is an extraordinary new work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers and a libretto written by Jeremy Sams. A popular genre in its day, a pastiche combines existing music by one or several composers with a new text and storyline. Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau's works are prominently featured. Lane Whitesell hosts.


Special note: this week’s Metropolitan Opera, “Prince Igor,” begins at 11 Saturday morning. Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.


Strauss's bittersweet comic masterpiece features a superb ensemble led by soprano Martina Serafin as the Marschallin in this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast of “Der Rosenkavalier” performed in the fall of 2013. The performance celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opera's U.S. premiere. Edward Gardner conducts. Hosted by Lane Whitesell.

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