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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 16 August 2014

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    Bernard Clarke brings us to De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam for tonight's performance of Gluck's Armide.

    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.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 20:26
      Title: Armide, Act Iv And V
      Composer: Gluck, Christoph Willibald
      Performer(s): Sébastien Droy (Tenor)
      Performer(s): Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, De Nederlandse Opera Chorus
      Album: Recorded at De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam (Broadcast 16/08/14), EBU
      Duration: 52:42
    • 21:45
      Title: Old Man
      Composer: Young, Neil
      Performer(s): Neil Young (Vocal, Guitar)
      Performer(s): Neil Young (Vocal, Guitar), The Stray Gators; James Taylor (Banjo); Linda Ronstadt (Vocal)
      Album: Harvest, Reprise, 7599-27239-2
      Duration: 3:24
    • 21:54
      Title: Two Songs Of The Venetian Merchant
      Composer: Rimsky Korsakov, Nikolay
      Performer(s): Dimitri Hvorostovsky (Bass)
      Performer(s): Dimitri Hvorostovsky (Bass), Kirov Orchestra
      Album: Songs and Dances of Death: Hvorostovsky, Philips, 4388722
      Duration: 5:13

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