Metropolitan Opera

Sat, 12/13/2008 - 12:30pm

The tenor Ben Heppner, left, as Ghermann in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera


Seiji Ozawa returns to the Met after an absence of more than 15 years. He conducts Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of Pushkin’s engrossing tale The Queen of Spades, with heldentenor Ben Heppner, as the soldier whose obsession with cards leads him down a spiral of madness and murder. Maria Guleghina stars as the innocent woman drawn into his descent. The Metropolitan Opera: The Queen of Spades airs Saturday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m.  on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD 91.5-1.*Please note: Start and end times vary depending upon the length of the opera.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history. The 78th season of broadcasts kicked off in November with Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, a new production by Robert Lepage starring Marcello Giordani and Susan Graham and conducted by Music Director James Levine.

Margaret Juntwait returns for her 5th season as announcer for the 22 broadcasts in the 2008-2009 season, and Ira Siff returns for his second season as commentator. The broadcasts feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz.

The Met: Live in HD, the company’s highly successful series of live opera transmissions into movie theaters around the world continues this season. In Rochester, the operas are showing at Regal Eastview (585-425-0420) and Tinseltown Theater's (800-326-3264). For more information please call the individual theater.