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2018-2019 Saturday afternoon broadcasts

 

  

 Wagner's Götterdämmerung

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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Verdi: Rigoletto. February 23

Verdi:  Rigoletto.  February 23
The Met's infamous Rigoletto in Las Vegas production returns with Roberto Frontali in the title role with Nadine Sierra and Vittorio Grigolo as Gilda and the Duke of Mantua.

Mozart: Don Giovanni. February 16

Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  February 16
One of the most perfectly-constructed operas ever written features Luca Pisaroni as the lecher title character and Ildar Abdrazaakov as his servant Leporello, with Rachel Willis-Sorenson as Donna Anna and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta and Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle. February 9, 11:30 a.m.

Tchaikovsky:  Iolanta and Bartok:  Bluebeard's Castle.  February 9, 11:30 a.m.
Two fairy tales, the first with a happy ending and the second with a tragic ending. Sonya Yoncheva is Iolanta and Angela Denoke is Judith.

Bizet: Carmen, February 2

Bizet:  Carmen, February 2
The radio performance is the same as the HD live in the movie theater performance which happens at noon Saturday. Clementine Margaine reprises her successful Carmen from two years ago with Roberto Alagna and Alexander Vinogradov as Don Jose and Escamillo. Louis Langree conducts

Nico Muhly: Marnie, 26 January

Nico Muhly:  Marnie, 26 January
This is an archival performance from last fall when Marnie was in perpertory at the Met. Isabel Leonard is the title character with Iestyn DAvies and Christopher Maltman as the Rutland brothers.

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande, January 19

Debussy:  Pelleas et Melisande, January 19
Maeterlinck's play was set without editing by Debussy, and remains one of the most important works of French music theater of the early 20th century. Paul Appleby and Isabel Leonard are the title characters, with Kyle Ketelsen as Melisande's husband Golaud and Ferrucio Furlanetto as the grandfather of both the men. The broadcast begins half an hour early (11:30 a.m.)

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, January 12

Cilea:  Adriana Lecouvreur, January 12
The radio broadcast is the audio version of the HD broadcast taking place at the same time at movie theaters. The heroine is a historical actress famous in French history and is sung by Anna Netrebko, with Piotr Beczala as Maurizio and Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess de Bouillon who sends poisoned flowers to her benefactress.



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