Metropolitan Opera : About

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 2016-17 broadcast schedule:
Dec. 3: Puccini's Manon Lescaut (12:30 pm)
Dec. 10: Kaija Saariaho's L’Amour de Loin
Dec. 17: R. Strauss's Salome
Dec. 24: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
Dec. 31: Rossini's L’Italiana in Algeri
Jan. 7: Verdi's Nabucco
Jan. 14: Puccini's La Bohème
Jan. 21: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
Jan. 28: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Feb. 4: Verdi's Rigoletto
Feb. 11: Bizet's Carmen
Feb. 18: Bellini's I Puritani
Feb. 25: Dvořák's Rusalka
March 4: Massenet's Werther
March 11: Verdi's La Traviata
March 18: Rossini's Guillaume Tell
March 25: Mozart's Idomeneo
April 1: Beethoven's Fidelio
April 8: Wagn'ers Tristan und Isolde
April 15: Verdi's Aida (12:30 pm)
April 22: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
April 29: Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer
May 6: Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac (12:30 pm)
May 13: R. Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier (12:30 pm)

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