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 12 April 2014

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    Opera Night

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York - Giordano's Andrea Chenier. Marcelo Alvarez and Patricia Racette star in Giordano's intense drama

    Saturday March 28th - Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
    New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman’s production evokes the moors and castles of Scotland for Donizetti’s melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini. (Joseph Calleja in Lucia di Lammermoor Photo c\o Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera) 

    Saturday April 4th - Verdi’s Ernani 
    James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love. (Angela Meade in Ernani - Photo by Marty Sohl and Metropolitan Opera)

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Andrea Chénier
      Composer: Giordano
      Performer(s): Gianandrea Noseda; Patricia Racette (Maddalena), Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)
      Performer(s): Gianandrea Noseda; Patricia Racette (Maddalena), Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)
      Album: EBU RECORDING, EBU RECORDING
      Duration: 195:00

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