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, April 30, 2016 Edit This

Salonen Leads Chéreau's Acclaimed 'Elektra'

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.

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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Fabio Luisi Leads Puccini's Manon Lescaut

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday as Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star in the Met's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut with principal conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

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Marlis Petersen Stars in Berg's 'Lulu'

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tune in at 1pm Saturday as acclaimed soprano Marlis Petersen sings the title roll in William Kentridge's new production of Berg's 'Lulu,' with Susan Graham, Johan Reuter and Paul Groves.

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Sondra Radvanovsky Stars in Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda'

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm on Saturday to hear soprano Sondra Radvanovsky tackle the second of Donizetti's 'three queens' operas at the Metropolitan Opera this season.

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Angela Meade Stars in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tune in at 1 pm on Saturday as Marco Armiliato conducts Verdi's classic story of unrequited love and hidden identities.

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Luisi Leads 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci'

Saturday, February 06, 2016

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.

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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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