Opera Night

    Saturday, 7 - 10pm

    Each Saturday, from December to May, RTÉ lyric fm brings you the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts direct from New York. 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, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

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    Opera Night Saturday 25 May 2013

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    Opera Night - Rinaldo

    Continuing his exploration of the recordings of early and Baroque operas by Belgian conductor René Jacobs, tonight Bernard Clarke presents Handel's Rinaldo.

    Coming up on Saturday 1st June 2013

    In advance of their production of La Traviata in the Gaiety next week, Bernard Clarke presents a recording of Lyric Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, recorded in January this year. Cast includes John Molloy as Figaro, Claudia Boyle as Susanna, Sharon Carty as Cherubino and Miriam Murphy as Marcellina.

    Saturday 24th January - Puccini’s La Boheme
    Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. The role of the fragile Mimì is sung by Sonya Kristine Opolais, with Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts the Metropolitan( Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (Mariusz Kwiecien in Puccini's La Bohème Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday January 31st - Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Vittorio Grigolo plays the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. The heroine is played by Hibla Gerzmava. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains and Yves Abel conducts Offenbach's sparkling score. (Thomas Hampson in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann - photo by Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)

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