The Metropolitan Opera in April 2012

The Metropolitan Opera in April 2012

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (end times vary)


Please note the special start times this month.  1:00 p.m. April 7 & 14; 12:00 p.m. April 21 & 28 to accommodate the Wagnerian operas.

4/7        Massenet:  Manon  Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

4/14      Verdi:  La Traviata  Willy Decker's stunning production of the Verdi favorite returns with Natalie Dessay singing her first Met Violetta, opposite Matthew Polenzani and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

4/21 (12pm)       Wagner:  Siegfried  In part three of the Ring, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests, while Robert Lepage’s revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.

4/28 (12pm)       Wagner:  Die Walküre  The second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by Fabio Luisi, features a stellar cast led by Bryn Terfel as Wotan, lord of the Gods, and Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the Wälsungen twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka. “The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” says Lepage (La Damnation de Faust), who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey.



Met broadcast

Opera News AND comments on last week's broadcast indicate that this Saturday's "Die Walkure" will begin at 11 a.m.

Opera News broadcast times

You are correct that Opera News states the start time for the final two Wagner operas at 11:00 a.m. That is a national feed time, but individuals stations have the flexibility to offset the start time to disrupt other programming as little as possible.

Here at WXXI we have made a commitment to start all the operas at 1:00 p.m. unless the opera is longer than 5 hours - which is the case with the final two Wagner operas. Therefore both the April 21st and April 28th operas will begin at 12:00 noon.

Once the Metropolitan Opera season ends, all other operas (Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera) will be scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

Glad to know that you enjoy the opera broadcasts.

Ruth Phinney, WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 Program Director