The WFMT Radio Network
American Opera Series
The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available to our affiliates. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, and Opera Southwest. Highlights of this season's series will include a celebration of the Fourth of July with Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Porgy and Bess, The Figaro Trilogy from LA Opera, the world premier of Marco Tutino's Two Women, and Opera Southwest's American premier of Franco Faccio's Amleto.
The Metropolitan Opera
From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world's leading opera companies. Today, the Met's preeminent position rests on the elements that established its reputation: high quality performances with many of the world's most renowned artists, a superior company of choral and orchestral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public.
Each season, the Met stages more than two hundred performances of opera in New York City. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Met on television, on tours, and through cinemacasts, radio, and recordings.
Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 84th season begins on December 6, 2014, with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll-Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 9, 2015. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series's host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.