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 8 February 2014

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    The Metropolitan Opera presents Dvorak’s Rusalka

    Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles in Dvorak’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this production

    Starring: Rusalka: Renée Fleming, Foreign Princess: Emily Magee, Jezibaba: Dolora Zajick, Prince: Piotr Beczala, Water Sprite: John Relyea

    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)

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Rusalka
      Composer: Dvořák
      Performer(s): Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince), John Relyea (Water Sprite)
      Performer(s): Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince), John Relyea (Water Sprite)
      Album: EBU RECORDING, EBU RECORDING
      Duration: 240:00

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