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The broadcast season of Saturday matinees includes a world premiere of “Champion: An Opera in Jazz” by Terence Blanchard.

Metropolitan Opera broadcasts make their return to CPR Classical on December 10! Join us Saturdays at 11 a.m. as listeners everywhere tune in to capture international broadcasts of opera's most enthralling masterpieces, historic world premieres and repertory favorites.

The 91st radio season begins with the world premiere of “The Hours” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and a lineup of superstars Renee Fleming, Kelli O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato. "The Hours," adapted from Michael Cunningham’s praised novel, is one of several Met firsts, along with Cherubini’s “Medea” (January 7) and “Champion” by Terence Blanchard (April 29). Over 27 weeks, listeners will follow all new productions and premieres with Met Opera host Debra Lew Harder, who recently became the fifth announcer of the international broadcasts. 

Quick Click: View the complete Met Opera radio broadcast schedule and casting details.

Last season, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut up in My Bones” became the first Met performance of an opera by an African-American composer. Blanchard is back this year with his second Met premiere, “Champion: An Opera in Jazz,” which is based on the life of American boxer Emile Griffith and his victories and setbacks within Black and LGBT communities. It is one of many productions that are also part of The Met: Live in HD series of cinema and movie theater transmissions.

Performances of “The Hours,” Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (March 18), “Champion,” and Puccini’s “La Boheme” (May 6) are scheduled to be conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Audiences will also be treated to scheduled conducting debuts including Manfred Honeck for Mozart’s “Idomeneo” (April 22), Nathalie Stutzmann for Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (May 20) and “Die Zauberflote” (June 3), and a season-ending performance of Wagner’s “Der fliegende Hollander” (June 10) conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

More Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Saturday matinee broadcast highlights:

  • December 31: Met Debuts On The Air (artists making their Met Opera debuts)
  • January 28: Francis Poulenc: “Dialogues of the Carmelites” 
  • February 25: Dmitri Shostakovich: “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk”
  • March 4: Listeners’ Choice: Great Met Broadcasts
  • April 8: Giacomo Puccini: “Tosca”
  • May 27: Benjamin Britten: “Peter Grimes”
  • June 10: Richard Wagner: “Der fliegende Hollander”

Explore the entire program from the Met Opera website, including broadcast times (in Eastern Time). Most Saturday broadcasts begin on CPR Classical at 11:00 a.m. M.T.

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