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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 scheduled during the KCSC fund drive is Gaetano Donizetti’s melodic classic, “L’Elisir d’Amore,” starring soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego as the unlikely lovers. Hosts Lane Whitesell and Kimberly Powell will greet you Saturday, March 31st at noon for this fundraiser special.


Tune in to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth,” this Saturday, March 24 at noon, this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. As the doomed couple, baritone Thomas Hampson and soprano Nadja Michael (pictured) deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi’s most challenging roles.


Join KCSC host Lane Whitesell this Saturday at 11 a.m. for the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of “Khovanshchina,” Mussorgsky’s sweeping epic, set during the reign of Peter the Great. Starring Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as Marfa and tenor Misha Didyk as Prince Andrei.


Baritone Gerald Finley (pictured) performs the title role of Mozart’s unprincipled, womanizing scoundrel in the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of “Don Giovanni,” this Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts this famous opera where comedy meets tragedy.


Giuseppe Verdi’s vision of ancient Egypt is grandly realized in this Metropolitan Opera broadcast of “Aida,” this Saturday at noon, hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe plays Amneris for the first time for the Met. Soprano Violeta Urmana (pictured) and tenor Marcello Giordani star as the ill-fated lovers.

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