Saturday Matinee

Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday Matinee features The American Opera Series produced by the WFMT Radio Network and live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera when in season.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor and Opera Southwest.

Download the entire 2017 schedule here.

Ken Howard/Metropolitain Opera

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. Find information about these productions here.

Listen Saturday afternoons during the Met season at 1.

Bayreuth Festival 2015 / Enrico Nawrath

Wagner from the source, in the very theater the composer designed for his music dramas. Deutsche Welle presents Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner, recorded from the opening concert of the Bayreuth festival 2015. Hear the Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Broadcast Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Southwest.

La Clemenza Di Tito

Jul 4, 2014
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), Amanda Majeski (Vitellia), Cecelia Hall (Anno), Emily Birsan (Servilia), and Christian Van Horn (Publio).

Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Dvorak's Rusalka

Jun 27, 2014
Todd Rosenberg Photography

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Dvorak's Rusalka, a new production and a Lyric Opera premiere.

Ana Maria Martinez sings the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich (The Prince), Jill Grove (Jezibaba), Eric Owens (Vodnik), and Ekaterina Gubanova (Foreign Princess).

Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Read the synopsis here.

Broadcast Saturday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

The Barber Of Seville

Jun 18, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Rossini's The Barber Of Seville.

Nathan Gunn sings the role of Figaro, with Isabel Leonard (Rosina), Alek Shrader (Almaviva), Alessandro Corbelli (Bartolo), Kyle Ketelsen (Basilio).

Michael Mariotti conducts.    Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Die Fledermaus

Jun 11, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Johann Strauss Junior's Die Fledermaus.

Juliane Banse sings the role of Rosalinde with Bo Skovhus (Eisenstein), Daniela Fally (Adele), Adrian Eröd (Falke), Michael Spyres (Alfred), Emily Fons (Prince Orlofsky) and Andrew Shore (Frank).

Ward Stare conducts.    Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m.

La Traviata

Jun 5, 2014
Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's recent production of Verdi's La Traviata.

Marina Rebeka sings the role of Violetta, with Joseph Calleja (Alfredo) and Quinn Kelsey (Giorgio Germont).

Massimo Zanetti conducts.          Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m.   

Parsifal

May 29, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Wagner's Parsifal.

Paul Groves sings the title role, with Daveda Karanas (Kundry), Thomas Hampson (Amfortas), Kwangchul Youn (Gurnimanz), Tómas Tómasson (Klinsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), John Irvin (First Knight), Richard Ollarsaba (Second Knight)

Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Madama Butterfly

May 22, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's new production of Madama Butterfly.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Cio-Cio-San with Stefano Secco (Lt. B.F. Pinkerton), David Cangelosi (Goro), Christopher Purves (Sharpless), Maryann McCormick (Suzuki), Richard Ollarsaba (Imperial Commissioner), Will Liverman (Official Registrar), David Coversten (The Bonze), Anthony Clark Evans (Prince Yamadori), Tye Pauley (Sorrow, Butterfly's Child), Laura Wilde (Kate Pinkerton).

Marco Armiliato Conducts.

Otello

May 15, 2014
Dan Rest/Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's 2013 production of Verdi's Otello.

Johan Botha sings the role of Otello, with Anthony Clark Evans (Montano), Antonio Poli (Cassio), Falk Struckmann (Iago), John Irvin (Roderigo), Ana María Martínez (Desdemona) Julie Anne Miller (Emilia), Richard Ollarsaba (A Herald) and Evan Boyer (Lodovico).

Bertrand De Billy conducts.

La Cenerentola

May 9, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rossini's La Cenerentola.

Joyce DiDonato sings the role of Angelina with Juan Diego Flórez (Don Ramiro), Rachelle Durkin (Clorinda), Patricia Risley (Tisbe), Luca Pisarone, (Alidoro), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico), Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini

Fabio Luisi conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.  Listen online.

 

I Puritani

Apr 30, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Bellini's I Puritani.

Olga Peretyatko sings the role of Elvira Walton, with Lawrence Brownlee (Lord Arturo Talbot), Mariusz Kwiecien (Riccardo Forth), Michele Pertusi (Giorgio Walton)

Michele Mariotti conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, May 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Così fan tutte

Apr 24, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the new Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

James Levine is back on the podium at the Met to conduct for the first time since leading Wagner’s “Walküre” in 2011. 

Susanna Phillips sings the role of Fiordiligi, with Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando), Rodion Pogossov (Guglielmo), Maurizio Muraro (Don Alfonso).

Broadcast Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Arabella

Apr 17, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Strauss' Arabella.

Malin Byström sings the role of Arabella , with Genia Kühmeier (Zdenka), Roberto Saccà (Matteo), Michael Volle (Mandryka), Martin Winkler (Waldner)

Philippe Auguin conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Andrea Chénier

Apr 10, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giordano's Andrea Chénier.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Maddalena, with Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

La Bohème

Apr 4, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème.

Anita Hartig sings the role of  Mimì, with Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Patrick Carfizzi (Schaunard), Oren Gradus (Colline), Donald Maxwell (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Stefano Ranzan conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

La Sonnambula

Mar 28, 2014
Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini's  La Sonnambula.

Diana Damrau sings the role of Amina with  Javier Camarena (Elvino), Michele Pertusi (Rodolfo).

Marco Armiliato conducts.

Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Wozzeck

Mar 20, 2014
Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Berg's Wozzeck.

Deborah Voigt sings the role of Maria, with Simon O'Neill (The Drum-Major), Peter Hoare (The Captain), Thomas Hampson (Wozzeck), Clive Bayley (The Doctor).

Read the synopsis

James Levine conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.

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