Opera Night with Paul Herriott

Opera Night with Paul Herriott

Saturday, 7 - 10pm

Opera Night Saturday 1 February 2020

Opera Night with Paul Herriott

The Metropolitan Opera New York Presents Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera New York Saturday Matinee Broadcasts 2019-20 Season 

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.

Saturday April 5th - The Salzburg Festival presents Mozart's Idomeneo 

Tenor Russell Thomas brings both steely resolve and compassionate warmth to the title king of Crete, who is faced with an impossible decision. Irish mezzo-soprano, Paula Murrihy (pictured) sings the trouser role of Idomeneo’s son Idamante, who loves the Trojan princess Ilia, sung with delicate lyricism by Ying Fang. Nicole Chevalier gives a thrillingly unhinged portrayal of the jealous Elettra. Teodor Currentzis conducts the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Music Aeterna and the Perm Opera Chorus. 

(First broadcast Oct 12th 2019)

Saturday April 12th - Puccini's Tosca (Met Archive Performance)

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)

Music Played on the Show


Title: Porgy And Bess

Composer: George & Ira Gershwin

Performer(s): David Robertson (Conductor), Angel Blue (Bess), Golda Schultz (Clara), Latonia Moore (Serena), Denyce Graves (Maria), Frederick Ballentine (Sportin' Life), Eric Owens (Porgy), Alfred Walker (Crown), Donovan Singletary (Jake), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Duration: 220:00



Contact the Show

Presenter: Paul Herriott

Producer: Gail Henry

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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