Metropolitan Opera : About

This show returns on Dec. 5, 2015.

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 December 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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