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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 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.

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Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress'

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

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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Mozart's Don Giovanni

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday at 12:30 pm, join us for Mozart's Don Giovanni, a depiction of the last day and night of the most iconic of seducers, in a production featuring Peter Mattei in the title role.

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Double Bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Join us today at 12:30 pm to hear the Metropolitan Opera’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle. Both operas have Valery Gergiev at the podium and Mariusz Trelinski directing.

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Verdi's Macbeth

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Join us at 1 pm for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Verdi's "Macbeth," recorded in the fall of 2014 and starring Anna Netrebko and Željko Lucic as the scheming couple.

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Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Today at 1 pm, join us for the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Jacques Offenbach's "Les Contes D'Hoffmann," starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role.

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Puccini's La Boheme

Saturday, January 24, 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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Lehar's The Merry Widow

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Join us today at 1 pm to hear the Met’s new production of Lehar’s "The Merry Widow," starring Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn and Kelli O’Hara.

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Verdi's Aida

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Today at 1 pm, join us for the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of "Aida," Verdi’s grand opera of Ancient Egypt, starring soprano Tamara Wilson and tenor Marcello Giordani.

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Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel," sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series.

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Verdi's La Traviata

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Met revives Willy Decker’s modern-dress, boldly minimalist staging of Verdi’s "La Traviata." Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is Violetta.

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Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Join us today at 12 pm to hear the return of the Met's new production of The Marriage of Figaro. Erwin Schrott sings the title role and Danielle de Niese is his clever fiancee.

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