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For more than seven decades, the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts have brought opera into millions of homes, playing a vital and unparalleled role in the development and appreciation of opera in this country. The broadcasts debuted on Dec. 25, 1931, with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and are now the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history.

Since 1940, the broadcasts have also been heard in Canada, and in 1990 they expanded to include regular transmission to Europe. Today worldwide coverage has grown to include not only more than 30 European countries, but also South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Through these international broadcasts, the Metropolitan Opera serves as a cultural ambassador to the world.

For details about all Met performances this season, as well as ticket information, visit the Met’s website at

All opera live broadcasts are at 1 pm (ET), unless otherwise noted.

The 2016-17 broadcast schedule:
Dec. 3: Puccini's Manon Lescaut (12:30 pm)
Dec. 10: Kaija Saariaho's L’Amour de Loin
Dec. 17: R. Strauss's Salome
Dec. 24: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
Dec. 31: Rossini's L’Italiana in Algeri
Jan. 7: Verdi's Nabucco
Jan. 14: Puccini's La Bohème
Jan. 21: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
Jan. 28: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Feb. 4: Verdi's Rigoletto
Feb. 11: Bizet's Carmen
Feb. 18: Bellini's I Puritani
Feb. 25: Dvořák's Rusalka
March 4: Massenet's Werther
March 11: Verdi's La Traviata
March 18: Rossini's Guillaume Tell
March 25: Mozart's Idomeneo
April 1: Beethoven's Fidelio
April 8: Wagn'ers Tristan und Isolde
April 15: Verdi's Aida (12:30 pm)
April 22: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
April 29: Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer
May 6: Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac (12:30 pm)
May 13: R. Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier (12:30 pm)

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The Beautiful Singing of 'I Puritani' is your Met Radio Broadcast

Experience Bellini's bel canto masterpiece this Saturday at 1 pm.

'Carmen', the Universal Favorite, is Your Met Opera Broadcast

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Georges Bizet's Carmen, one of opera's most popular and enduring stories, comes to you for this weekend's Met Opera Radio Broadcast

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'Rigoletto', with its Criminal Underworld, is Your Met Opera Broadcast

Saturday, February 04, 2017

In "Rigoletto," a jester's revenge plot goes horribly awry. Tune in at 1 pm on Saturday to hear it live from the Metropolitan Opera.

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Rossini's Enduring 'Barbiere di Siviglia' is Your Met Opera Broadcast

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tune in this Saturday at 1 PM for a Met Opera Broadcast of Rossini's 'Barbiere di Siviglia'.

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Fall in Love with Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' During the Met Saturday Broadcast

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Saturday, experience the musical beauty of Gounod's adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless romantic tragedy.

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Puccini's Timeless 'La Bohème' is Your Saturday Matinee Broadcast

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The next Met Broadcast, "La Bohème," is almost synonymous with opera itself.

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Verdi's 'Nabucco' Welcomes Saturday Broadcasts into the New Year

Saturday, January 07, 2017

This Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for a Met Opera broadcast of Verdi's "Nabucco."

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Enjoy New Year's Eve with the Met's Broadcast of 'L’Italiana in Algeri'

Saturday, December 31, 2016

We pause the Classical Countdown at 1pm for the Met Opera's broadcast of Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" featuring Marianna Pizzolato as Isabella.

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Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' is your Christmas Eve Broadcast

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera continues a holiday tradition with its broadcast of "Hansel and Gretel."

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Strauss' 'Salome' Featuring Patricia Racette in Title Role

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday for the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Richard Strauss's once-controversial "Salome."

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Kaija Saariaho's 'L’Amour de Loin'

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tune in 1 pm on Saturday to hear Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera L’Amour de Loin. Conducted by Susanna Mälkki who makes her Met debut.

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Met Opera's Broadcast of Giacomo Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 12:30 pm for the first Met Opera radio broadcast of the season and hear Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

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'Abduction from the Seraglio' Marks Levine's Final Performance as Music Director

Friday, May 06, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday to hear Met music director James Levine lead his last performance before he retires.

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Salonen Leads Chéreau's Acclaimed 'Elektra'

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct Patrice Chéreau's production of "Elektra" from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Nina Stemme, Eric Owens and Waltraud Meier.

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Verdi Nods to Shakespeare with 'Otello'

Saturday, April 23, 2016

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi's 'Otello' at 1 pm Saturday, in a new production led by Adam Fischer. 

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Sondra Radvanovsky Summons Queen Elizabeth in 'Roberto Devereux'

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday for Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux,' which marks the culmination of Sondra Radvanovsky's run as all three of the composer's Tudor queens.

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Domingo and Levine Partner for 'Simon Boccanegra'

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Tune in at 12:30 pm as James Levine conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Placido Domingo in the title role. 

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Puccini's Heartbreaking 'Madama Butterfly' Returns to the Met

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star in Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly,' conducted by Karel Mark Chichon, who is making his Met debut with this production.

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Fabio Luisi Conducts 'Le Nozze di Figaro'

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday as Fabio Luisi leads a star-studded cast in Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro,' broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera.

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Vittorio Grigolo Stars in 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm, as Enrique Mazzola conducts Donizetti's beloved tale of romance aided by a powerful elixir of love.

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Javier Camarena Hits High Notes in 'Don Pasquale'

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday to hear tenor Javier Camarena and baritone Ambrogio Maestri star in Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale,' from the Metropolitan Opera.

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