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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 Lyric Opera of Chicago honors a timeless classic, Jerome Kern’s spectacular production, “Showboat,” this Saturday at noon. With book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, “Showboat” follows a group of theater folk from the 1890’s Mississippi River through Chicago’s Roaring Twenties. Nathan Gunn stars as Ravenal and Ashley Brown (both pictured) stars as Magnolia in this 3 ½ hour production. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


KCSC will air Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Richard Strauss’s (pictured) “Ariadne auf Naxos” Saturday, June 9 at noon. Starring American soprano Amber Wagner and tenor Brandon Jovanovich, this opera offers sparkling, luscious music that wraps itself around a witty comedy. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.


Saturday’s noon opera broadcast from the Lyric Theatre of Chicago is Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, “Boris Godunov.” The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto (pictured) performs as Boris, the tormented ruler who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar and threatened by a pretender to this throne.


The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” Saturday, May 19 at noon. The tragic three-act opera broadcast stars Susanna Phillips (pictured) as the emotionally fragile Lucia, caught in a feud between her family and the Ravenwoods during the 17th century.


The Lyric Opera of Chicago season begins this Saturday at noon with Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman,” starring tenor Matthew Polenzani (pictured) as Hoffman. Impossibly beautiful music combined with flamboyant theatricality make this a popular production. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

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