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    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 2 November 2013

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    Opera Night - live from Wexford Festival 2013

    Saturday 2nd November 2013 - A double bill of Massenet live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013, Therese and La Navarraise

    The story of Thérèse concerns three people who are forced by the brutal politics of the French Revolution to confront their relationships and to make life and death choices.
    Thérèse: Nora Sourouzian
    Armand de Clerval: Philippe Do
    Morel: Damian Pass
    André Thorel: Brian Mulligan

    La Navarraise is an opera in the verismo tradition that depicted lower-class contemporary life. It is the story of Anita, a young woman from Navarre, who, like Thérèse, is caught up in historical events. Set during the civil war in Spain in 1874, Anita is fearful for the safety of the soldier she loves.
    Anita: Nora Sourouzian
    Araquil: Philippe Do
    Garrido: Brian Mulligan
    Remigio: Damian Pass

    Friday 1st November 2013 - The Florentine Straw Hat by Nino Rota live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013

    Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, described as a musical farce. Written in 1945 and sung in Italian, this opera is a witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventionalism of the French bourgeoisie. Here Rota’s musical style is akin to that of a latter-day Rossini, with elements of Puccini and Verdi. Nino Rota is perhaps best known as a film score composer, including the music for The Godfather films.

    Conductor: Sergio Alapont
    Fadinard, wealthy bridegroom: Fillipo Adami
    Nonancourt, agriculturist: Salvatore Salvaggio
    Beaupertuis: Filippo Fontana
    Elena, daughter of Nonancourt: Claudia Boyle (pictured)
    Anaide, wife of Beaupertuis: Eleanor Lyons
    La baronessa di Champigny: Asude Karayavuz
    Emilio: Owen Gilhooly

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    Saturday December 20th - Le Nozze di Figaro
    Margaret Juntwait presents Richard Eyre's season-opening new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. (Erwin Schrott in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday December 27th - La Traviata
    Verdi's consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker's timeless setting, with rising soprano Marina Rebeka takes the role of the title heroine. Francesco Demuro is Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

    Watch the rehearsal footage below of "Libiamo", with Stephen Costello and Marina Rebeka.

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