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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 broadcast from San Francisco Opera comes from the archived 1974 production of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” starring tenor Luciano Pavarotti and soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Rodolfo and Luisa, respectively. This was Pavarotti's debut performance in the role. Lane Whitesell hosts at noon.


This week’s San Francisco Opera broadcast is “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” a world premiere by composer Mark Adamo. The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, Mary Magdalene; baritone Nathan Gunn, Yeshva; tenor William Burden, Peter; and soprano Maria Kanyova, Miriam. Lane Whitesell hosts at noon.


A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in the melodic masterpiece, “The Tales of Hoffman,” presented by the San Francisco Opera this Saturday on KCSC’s noon broadcast. The cast includes tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role and soprano Natalie Dessay as Antonia, mezzo-soprano Angela Brower as Nicklausse and The Muse, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the villain. Music by Jacques Offenbach.


Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity in the Mozart masterpiece “Cosi fan tutte,” performed by the San Francisco Opera and aired on KCSC at noon, Saturday, October 5. Set in 1915 Monte Carlo, “Cosi fan tutte” stars sopranos Ellie Dehn (left in photo) and Susannah Biller, tenor Francesco Demuro, and mezzo-soprano Christel Lotzsch (right in photo).


The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. Join us this Saturday, September 28th at noon for the San Francisco Opera broadcast of “Lohengrin,” hosted by Lane Whitesell. Brandon Jovanovich, a first-rate Wagner tenor plays the title role opposite soprano Camilla Nyland.

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