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The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.

Since the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager—the 16th in company history. Under his leadership, the Met has elevated its theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally. These efforts to win new audiences prominently include the successful Live in HD series of high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world. To revitalize its repertoire, the Met regularly presents modern masterpieces alongside the classics.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Starting with the 2018–19 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin took the musical helm of the company as the Met’s Jeannette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director.

Radio broadcast host is Mary Jo Heath. Radio broadcasts are copyrighted by The metropolitan Opera and any use or reproduction of any of the meterial without permission of The Metropolitan opera is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted.

On April 10th at 1:00pm enjoy an encore performance of Puccini's LaBoheme. New York Classical Review said this of the 2017 premiere: Puccini’s Parisian chestnut had a strong season premiere Monday night, opening the first of two Met runs this season. The story of the evening, no question, was the excellent company debut of Angel Blue as Mimì, a role that has served as a memorable introduction for many sopranos.

This month we'll enjoy a 2013 encore broadcast of Rossini's Le Comte Ory (Mar 20th), as well as Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elina Garanca in her first North American performances as Octavian, the impulsive young title character.  (Feb 27th) Original broadcast May 13, 2017.

Host Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff return with insightful commentary and intermission features, including interviews with Met stars.  This season, listeners also get to choose the historic broadcast they most want to hear for “Listeners’ Choice” on February 6, 2021. Voting takes place in December at  Voting remains open through December 31.

Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday Matinee Broadcasts are the longest-running classical radio series in American broadcast history. That rich tradition continues unbroken in the 2020–21 season with an expanded schedule of encore broadcasts selected from the company’s audio archives and aired over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

The Metropolitan Opera announced today (Sep 23, 2020) that the ongoing health crisis has resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2020–21 season, but the company also announced ambitious artistic plans for its 2021–22 season, which will open with the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Blanchard’s opera is the first by an African American composer to be performed at the Met.

The Finals Concert took place on March 1st and was conducted by Maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  It was hosted by soprano Lisette Oropesa with special guest artist, Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. After months of auditions at the district, regional and national levels, five singers were named as winners of the 2020 annual Met Opera National Council Auditions.

The Metropolitan Opera is presenting a star-studded virtual gala on Saturday, April 25, at 1 PM, featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world via the Met's website at (NOTE: The radio broadcast of Turandot will air at the same time on WXXI Classical 91.5 and stations across the country.) Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Roberto Alagna and Bryn Terfel are among 38 opera stars in 13 nations scheduled for the Metropolitan Opera’s At-Home gala.

Turandot with the Metropolitan Opera, April 2020 REVISED

Mar 24, 2020

Puccini's sweeping music is featured this month when the Metropolitan Opera will be broadcasting both Puccini and Turandot.  Tune in to hear Turandot on 4/25.  Revised listings due to the MET's cancellation of the season below.

In light of the circumstances involving the COVID-19 virus and in consultation with the office of the Mayor, the Metropolitan Opera has canceled all remaining performances through May 9th effective immediately, including all Live in HD movie-theater presentations. See below for weekly updated information.