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 1 February 2014

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    Opera Night

    Live from The Metropolitan Opera, New York - Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

    Anthony Minghella’s breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns to the Met, with Amanda Echalaz inher Met debut season as the tragic Cio-Cio-San. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel is Pinkerton and Philippe Auguin conducts.

    Saturday 2nd May - Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
    Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David Alden’s film noir-inspired production. (Pictured Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."  Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday 9th May - Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress
    James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, with its wondrous neo-classical score. Paul Appleby adds another leading role as Tom Rakewell, opposite Layla Claire as Anne Trulove, Stephanie Blythe as the bearded lady Baba the Turk, and Gerald Finley as the devilish Nick Shadow. (Pictured - Stephanie Blythe as Baba the Turk, Photo: Jack Vartoogian/Metropolitan Opera)

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Madama Butterfly
      Composer: Puccini
      Performer(s): Philippe Auguin; Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San), Elizabeth Deshong (Suzuki), Bryan Hymel (Pinkerton), Scott Hendricks (Sharpless)
      Performer(s): Philippe Auguin; Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San), Elizabeth Deshong (Suzuki), Bryan Hymel (Pinkerton), Scott Hendricks (Sharpless)
      Album: EBU RECORDING, EBU RECORDING
      Duration: 205:00

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