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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 84th season begins on Dec. 6, 2014, with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, starring Isabel Leonard. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 9, 2015. 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.

2014-2015 Season Broadcast Schedule:

Dec. 6: Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (broadcast begins at noon)

Dec. 13: Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (broadcast begins at noon)

Dec. 20: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (broadcast begins at noon)

Dec. 27: Verdi's La Traviata

Jan. 3: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Jan. 10: Verdi's Aida

Jan. 17: Lehár’s The Merry Widow

Jan. 24: Puccini's La Bohème

Jan. 31: Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann

Feb. 7: Verdi's Macbeth (performance from fall 2014)

Feb. 14: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta / Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle (broadcast begins at 12:30 pm)

Feb. 21: Mozart's Don Giovanni (broadcast begins at 12:30 pm)

Feb. 28: Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (performance from October 2014)

March 7: Bizet's Carmen

March 14: Rossini's La Donna Del Lago

March 21: Massenet's Manon (broadcast begins at 12:30 pm)

March 28: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (broadcast begins at noon)

April 4: Verdi's Ernani

April 11: Verdi's Don Carlo (broadcast begins at noon)

April 18: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (performance from fall 2014)

April 25: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (broadcast begins at 12:30 pm)

May 2: Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

May 9: Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

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Puccini's La Boheme

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

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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Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today at 12 pm, the new season of live broadcasts from the Met Opera continues with Wagner’s "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

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Met Broadcasts Return: The Barber of Seville

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Met broadcasts return Today at 12 pm with Rossini's comic romp The Barber of Seville. Christopher Maltman stars in the title role.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


Extracurricular Summer Camp?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

KJ Dell'Antonia, editor and lead writer of the Motherlode blog for The New York Times, talks about the pressure on parents to design curricula for their children in coding and other subjects and to send kids to a summer camp for those extra skills.

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2014 Met Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, WQXR will air the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, which took place in March.


Rossini's La Cenerentola

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, the Met Opera's final broadcast of the season features Rossini's La Cenerentola, starring soprano Joyce DiDonato as Angelina and Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro.

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Bellini's I Puritani

Saturday, May 03, 2014

This Saturday at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani starring soprano Olga Peretyatko as Elvira and tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo.

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Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Mozart's Cosi fan tutte starring Susanna Phillips, Danielle de Niese, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov.

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Richard Strauss's Arabella

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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.

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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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