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    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 26 July 2014

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    Opera Night

    Evelino Pido conducts the Vienna State Opera and Chorus in Donizetti's Anna Bolena starring Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role and Luca Pisaroni as Henry VIII

    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.

    Saturday 3rd January - Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
    Tonight’s family entertainment is Richard Jones's witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children face off against a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what's coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel will lead a delightful musical feast. (Christine Rice as Hansel, Robert Brubaker as the Witch, and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Photo Cory Weaver, Metropolitan Opera)

    Saturday 10th January - Verdi’s Aida
    Grand opera at its grandest: the splendors of ancient Egypt return to the stage of the Met. Verdi’s mythic love triangle features Liudmyla Monastyrska, Tamara Wilson, and Oksana Dyka sharing the title role, with Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana as Amneris and Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti singing Radamès. Marco Armiliato and Plácido Domingo share conducting duties.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 19:06
      Title: Anna Bolena Act I
      Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano
      Performer(s): Carlos Osuna (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
      Album: Recorded at State Opera, Vienna (Broadcast 26/07/14), EBU
      Duration: 88:24
    • 20:39
      Title: Anna Bolena Act Ii
      Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano
      Performer(s): Carlos Osuna (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
      Album: Recorded at State Opera, Vienna (Broadcast 26/07/14), EBU
      Duration: 88:08

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