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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.

The 83rd season begins on Dec. 7, 2013, with Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani and Sonya Yoncheva, continuing the celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 10, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

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.

2013-2014 Season Broadcast Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 14: Verdi's Falstaff

Saturday, Dec. 21: Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (taped from fall)

Saturday, Dec. 28: Puccini's Tosca (broadcast begins at 12:30 pm)

Saturday, Jan. 4: Mozart's The Magic Flute

Saturday, Jan. 11: J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus

Saturday, Jan. 18: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (taped from fall)

Saturday, Jan. 25: Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore

Saturday, Feb. 1: Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Saturday, Feb. 8: Dvorak's Rusalka

Saturday, Feb. 15: R. Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten (taped from fall)

Saturday, Feb. 22: R. Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (taped from fall)

Saturday, March 1: Borodin's Prince Igor (broadcast begins at noon)

Saturday, March 8: Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others' The Enchanted Island (broadcast begins at noon)

Saturday, March 15: Massenet's Werther

Saturday, March 22: Berg's Wozzeck

Saturday, March 29: Bellini's La Sonnambula

Saturday, April 5: Puccini's La Boheme

Saturday, April 12: Giordano's Andrea Chenier

Saturday, April 19: R. Strauss' Arabella (broadcast begins at noon)

Saturday, April 26: Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

Saturday, May 3: Bellini's I Puritani

Saturday, May 10: Rossini's La Cenerentola

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Richard Strauss's Arabella

This Saturday at noon, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Richard Strauss Arabella live. This performance stars Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom and German baritone Michael Volle, who is making his Met debut.

Giordano's Andrea Chénier

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Umberto Giordano's verismo love story, Andrea Chénier, starring Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette.

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Puccini's La Boheme

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts one of the all-time blockbusters in its repertory: Franco Zeffirelli’s take on Puccini's La Boheme. It features a notable last-minute cast change.

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Diana Damrau in La Sonnambula

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts their production of Bellini's La Sonnambula featuring German soprano Diana Damrau as Amina.

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Berg's Wozzeck

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera revives its 1997 production Alban Berg's Wozzeck starring Thomas Hampson in the title role and Deborah Voigt as Marie.

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A New Production of Massenet's Werther

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its new production of Massenet's Werther. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars as Werther and French soprano Sophie Koch is Charlotte.

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The Enchanted Island Mashes Up Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau

Saturday, March 08, 2014

This Saturday at noon, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its production of The Enchanted Island featuring tenor Placido Domingo and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

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Prince Igor Returns to the Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This Saturday at noon, for the first time in nearly a century the Metropolitan Opera brings Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor, back to the company's stage. 

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Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, the Met broadcast features the season-opening Der Rosenkavalier, with soprano Martina Serfin as the lovely Marschallin and mezzo Alice Coote as her lover Octavian.  

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Strauss's Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Today at 1pm, WQXR broadcasts the Metropolitan Opera's Die Frau Ohne Schatten, starring Christine Goerke and Anne Schwanewilms, recorded last fall.

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Dvorak's Rusalka

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Renee Fleming, just back from her national anthem performance at the 2014 Super Bowl, stars as the lead character in the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Rusalka.

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Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Friday, January 31, 2014

Today at 1 pm: Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly returns to the Met with the rising South African soprano Amanda Echalaz making her company debut in the title role.

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Anna Netrebko in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Anna Netrebko stars as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore. Maurizio Benini conducts the opera, featuring Ramón Vargas as Nemorino, Nicola Alaimo as Belcore, and Erwin Schrott as the love potion vending doctor.

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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Saturday, January 18, 2014

On Saturday at 1pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin based on the novel by Aleksander Pushkin.

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Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, WQXR brings you the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.'s waltz-filled operetta set in fin-de-siecle Vienna on New Year's Eve.

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Mozart's The Magic Flute

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Met broadcast features Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The English-language production features a cast including Alek Shrader, Heidi Stober, Kathryn Lewek, Nathan Gunn and Eric Owens.

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Puccini's Tosca

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Today at 12:30 p.m. the Metropolitan Opera presents its controversial version of Puccini's Tosca. Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role and Marcello Giordani is Cavaradossi.

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Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast revisits Benjamin Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

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Verdi's Falstaff

Saturday, December 14, 2013

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera presents director Robert Carsen's Falstaff – the first new production of the Verdi opera performed at the Met since 1964. 

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Verdi's Rigoletto

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Saturday at 12:30 pm, the 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera broadcast season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi's Rigoletto, set in Las Vegas and starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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2013 Met National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday at 12:30 pm, tune in for the Grand Finals Concert of the Met National Council Auditions, which took place at the Met in March.

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