Opera Night Saturday 4 April 2020
Launched in 1931, the Met's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 2019-2020 season marks the 89th year of live Saturday broadcasts and will again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. You can hear the 2019/20 Season on Opera Night every Saturday from 7pm and for details of the season, view their schedule here.
While live performances are cancelled at the Met due to health risks for audiences and artists from the COVID-19 virus, our Met season continues with memorable pre-recorded performances from the Met archives.
Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as "magnificent" when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini's explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera's fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production. (Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini s Tosca Photo Ken Howard Met Opera)
Audience favorite Ailyn Pérez takes on the touching role of Amelia Grimaldi, with legendary baritone Carlos Álvarez returning to the Met for the first time in more than a decade in the title role. Elegant tenor Joseph Calleja is her lover, Gabriele Adorno, and magisterial bass Dmitry Belosselskiy completes the principal cast as Amelia's grandfather, Jacopo Fiesco. Carlo Rizzi takes the podium for Verdi’s timeless tale of political and family intrigue. (A scene from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)