Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturdays at 1 pm on WQXR.

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 2015-16 broadcast schedule:
Dec. 5: Puccini's La Bohème.
Dec. 12: Verdi's Rigoletto.
Dec. 19: Rossini's La Donna del Lago.
Dec. 26: Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Jan. 2: Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus.
Jan. 9: Donizetti's Anna Bolena.
Jan. 16: Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
Jan. 23: Wagner's Tannhäuser.
Jan. 30: Puccini's Turandot.
Feb. 6: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Feb. 13: Verdi's Il Trovatore.
Feb. 20: Donizetti's Maria Stuarda.
Feb. 27: Berg's Lulu.
March 5: Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
March 12: Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
March 19: Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.
March 26: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
April 2: Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
April 9: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. (begins at 12:30 pm)
April 16: Donizetti's Roberto Devereux.
April 23: Verdi's Otello.
April 30: R. Strauss's Elektra.
May 7: Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Latest Episode / Saturday, February 06, 2016 Edit This

Luisi Leads 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci'

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday as Fabio Luisi leads a double bill of Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Leoncavallo's Pagliacci," starring Violeta Urmana and Barbara Frittoli.

Puccini's 'Turandot,' Featuring Nina Stemme

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm on Saturday as soprano Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the Chinese princess who refuses to be possessed by any man.   

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James Levine Conducts Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday to WQXR for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'. James Levine is conducting.

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Georges Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers'

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tune in at 1pm on WQXR for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, which as returned to the Met after 100 years.

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Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' featuring Sondra Radvanovsky

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm on WQXR for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti’s "Anna Bolena" featuring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Tudor Queen.

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James Levine Conducts 'Die Fledermaus'

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm on WQXR for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s "Die Fledermaus."

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Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts a English-language, two-hour adaptation of Rossini's comedy The Barber of Seville.

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Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Rossini's "La Donna del Lago," set in 16th century Scotland, during the reign of King James V.

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Giuseppe Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Michael Mayer’s electrifying production of  Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.

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Giacomo Puccini's 'La Bohème'

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's "La Boheme."

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Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress'

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Met revives Stravinsky's "Mozartean" opera, "The Rake's Progress," for three performances this spring, including today's matinee broadcast at 1 pm.

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Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Join us at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera" from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ricardo Tamura.

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Today: 'Cav/Pag' from the Met Opera

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join us today at 12:30 pm for a broadcast of opera's favorite twin bill: Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci."

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Shostakovich’s 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Join us this Saturday at 1 pm for a rare revival of Shostakovich's searing drama "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk," heard in an archived Met Opera performance.

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Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday at 12 pm, Nicholas Hytner's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo" returns with the Brazilian tenor Ricardo Tamura singing the title role.

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Verdi's 'Ernani'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's staging of Ernani, featuring Angela Meade, Francesco Meli and Luca Salsi.

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Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday at 12 pm, tune in to hear Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia in a revival of Mary Zimmerman's production of Donizetti's masterpiece.

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Massenet's Manon

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Join us on Saturday at 12:30pm to hear the Met's production of Jules Massenet's Manon starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo.

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Rossini's La Donna Del Lago

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear the Met's first-ever production of "La Donna del Lago," Rossini's opera set in 16th century Scotland. Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez star.

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Bizet's Carmen

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Today at 1 pm, tenor Yonghoon Lee fills in as Don José for this broadcast of the Met's "Carmen." The cast also includes Elina Garanca in the title role and Ailyn Pérez as Micaëla.

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Mozart's The Magic Flute

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Today at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcast features Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's fairy tale opera "The Magic Flute."

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