Opera Night Saturday 4 May 2013
Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 86th season of Saturday broadcasts will once again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. You can hear the 2016/17 Season every Saturday from 7pm on Opera Night and for details of the season, view their schedule here. (Please note that instead of the scheduled Met broadcast on December 24th, we will bring you an Opera Gala with Angela Gheorghiu recorded earlier this year at the National Concert Hall.)
Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Manon Lescaut, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Álvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated,1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (Pictured - a scene from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Photo by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera).
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut. (Eric Owens and Susanna Phillips as in Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin. Photo by Kristian Schuller, Metropolitan Opera)