Opera Night Saturday 9 November 2019
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.
Tonight's Opera Night features Rossini's effervescent take on the Cinderella story, with Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in the title role and tenor Andrew Owens as her Prince Charming. Fergus Sheil conducts the lively action, which also features bass Graeme Danby as the bumbling Don Magnifico, bass-baritone David Ostrek as the benevolent Alidoro, and baritone Riccardo Novaro as the wily servant Dandini.
Michael Mayer's sumptuous staging, a highlight of the 2018-19 season, returns. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sings the role of Violetta, the opera's tragic heroine, opposite tenor Dmytro Popov as her ardent lover, Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo's stern father, Germont. Karel Mark Chichon conducts one of opera's greatest scores. (The prelude of Verdi's La Traviata. Photo Jonathan Tichler, Met Opera)
Puccini's classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers is brought to life in Franco Zeffirelli's immortal staging. Tenor Matthew Polenzani trades off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside soprano Ailyn Pérez as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.