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.

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).

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James Levine conducts.

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

Werther

Mar 12, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Massenet's Werther.

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role with Lisette Oropesa (Sophie), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), David Bižić (Albert) and Jonathan Summers (Le Bailli).

Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m.

The Enchanted Island

Mar 7, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Enchanted Island.

Featuring the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers set to a new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this Baroque fantasy returns after a world premiere run in 2011-12.

Prince Igor

Feb 28, 2014
Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Prince Igor. Alexander Borodin's Russian epic comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Oksana Dyka sings the role of  Yaroslavna with Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Ildar Abdrazkov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Stefan Kocán (Khan Konchak).

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.

Der Rosenkavalier

Feb 21, 2014
Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Strauss's bittersweet comic masterpiece, Der Rosenkavalier. The performances celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opera's U.S. premiere.

In this archival recording from the fall of 2014, Martina Serafin sings the role of Marschallin, with Mojca Erdmann (Sophie), Eric Cutler (Italian Singer), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Faninal) and Peter Rose (Baron Ochs).

Edward Gardner conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Feb 12, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Richard Strauss's Die Frau Ohne Schatten.

A legendary Met production directed by the late Herbert Wernicke returns for the first time in ten years in this archival recording from the fall of 2013. The fantastical genius of the Strauss score and the Hofmannsthal libretto is interpreted by conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a thrilling cast.

Rusalka

Feb 7, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Dvorak’s Rusalka.

Renée Fleming sings the title role of Rusalka, with Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince) and John Relyea (Water Sprite).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Madama Butterfly

Jan 29, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Amanda Echalaz sings the role of Cio-Cio-San, with  Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Bryan Hymel (Pinkerton) and Scott Hendricks (Sharpless).

Philippe Auguin conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. on VPR Classical.

L'Elisir d'Amore

Jan 24, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of  L'Elisir d'Amore.

Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adina, with Ramón Vargas (Nemorino), Nicola Alaimo (Belcore), Erwin Schrott (Dulcamara)

Maurizio Benini conducts.

Broadcast Saturday Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

Eugene Onegin

Jan 15, 2014
Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's 2013 production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Anna Netrebkosings the role of Tatiana, with Oksana Volkova (Olga), Piotr Beczala (Lenski), Mariusz Kwiecien (Eugene Onegin), Alexei Tanovitski (Gremin)

Valery Gergiev conducts.

Broadcast Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Die Fledermaus

Jan 8, 2014
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Johann Strauss’s  Die Fledermaus.

Susanna Phillips sings the role of Rosalinde, with Christine Shäfer (Adele), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Orlofsky), Christopher Maltman (Eisenstein), Michael Fabiano (Alfred), Paulo Szot (Dr. Falke), Patrick Carfizzi (Frank).

Adam Fischer conducts.

Listen Saturday, January 11 at 1 p.m.

The Magic Flute

Jan 3, 2014
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Heidi Stober sings the role of  Pamina, with Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), Alek Shrader (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Shenyang (Speaker), Eric Owens (Sarastro.

Jane Glover conducts this revival of Julie Taymor's 2004 production.

Listen Saturday, January 4, at 1 p.m. on VPR Classical

Tosca

Dec 26, 2013
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, December 28, at 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's Tosca.

Sondra Radvanovsky sings the role of Tosca, with  Marcello Giordani (Cavaradossi), George Gagnidze (Scarpia), John Del Carlo (Sacristan)

Marco Armiliato conducts.

Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Kathleen Kim sings the role of Tytania, with Erin Wall (Helena), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Iestyn Davies (Oberon), Joseph Kaiser (Lysander), Michael Todd Simpson (Demetrius), Matthew Rose (Bottom), Riley Costello (Puck)

James Conlon conducts.

Listen Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Falstaff

Dec 12, 2013
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Falstaff.

James Levine conducts Robert Carsen's acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964.

Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Nannetta, with Angela Meade (Alice Ford), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Meg Page), Paolo Fanale (Fenton), Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Franco Vassallo (Ford).

Listen Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m.

Rigoletto

Dec 2, 2013
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2013–14 Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season kicks off on Saturday Matinee on December 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Verdi's Rigoletto.

Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings the role of Rigoletto, with Sonya Yoncheva as Gilda, with Oksana Volkova as Maddalena, Matthew Polenzani as The Duke and Stefan Kocán as Sparafucile.

Pable Heras-Casado conducts.

Tristan And Isolde

Nov 26, 2013
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 30 at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents The Houston Grand Opera production of Tristan  And Isolde.

Nina Stemme sings the role of Isolde, with Ben Heppner as Tristan, Claudia Mahnke as Brangaene, Ryan McKinny as Jurwenal and Christof Fischesser as King Marke.

Patrick Summers conducts the Houston Grand Opera And Chourus

Don Giovanni

Nov 19, 2013
Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 23 at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the Houston Grand Opera production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Adrian Eröd is Don Giovanni, with Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna, Veronika Dzhioeva as Donna Elvira, Joel Prieto as Don Ottavio, Malin Christensson as Zerlina, Michael Summuel as Masetto and Morris Robinson as Commendatore.

Trevor Pinnock Conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.

Xerxes

Nov 16, 2013
Felix Sanchez, Courtesy, Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the Houston Grand Opera production of George Frederic Handel's Xerxes.
 
Susan Graham sings the role of Serse (Xerxes), with Laura Claycomb as Romilda, David Daniels as Arsamene (Arsamenes), Sonia Prina as Amastre (Amastris), Heidi Stober as Atalanta, Philip Cutlip as Ariodate (Ariodates) and Adam Cioffari as Elviro.

William Lacey conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra And Chorus.

Il Trovatore

Nov 6, 2013
Houston Grand Opera

Saturday, November 9th at 1 p.m., Saturday Matinee presents the Houston Grand Opera production of Verdi's Il Trovatore.

Tamara Wilson sings the role of Leonora with Marco Berti as Manrico, Dolora Zajick as Azucena, Tómas Tómasson as Count di Luna and Peixin Chen as Ferrando.

Patrick Summers Conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.

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