Opera Lovers

KHFM Presents the Met’s Saturday Matinee Broadcasts
Saturdays at 11am

Tune in on Saturdays for the return of the Metropolitan Opera’s live performance and cherished archival recordings. The Met Opera starts its 90th radio season with a new host, Debra Lew Harder, and “Eurydice,” the first of four Met premieres. The Met presents the closing night performance of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” by renowned jazz and film composer Terrence Blanchard. Film actress and director, Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) wrote the libretto, adapted from the memoir by journalist, Charles M. Blow. Soprano Anna Netrebko also returns in her Met debut as Puccini’s Turandot.

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Verdi
Don Carlos
Mar 26, 2022

This epic drama of ill-fated passion among royalty is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Presented for the first time at the Met in its original French, with an all-star cast that includes Matthew Polenzani as Don Carlos.

Network Premiere
Approx. Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Apr 2, 2022

The heartrending masterpiece based on Pushkin verse, is a sorrowful tale of arrogance that leads to lost love and friendship. Igor Golovatenko in the title role, and Ailyn Pérez as Tatiana, the woman who leads Onegin to regret his callous ways.

Last Broadcast: Apr 22, 2017
Approx. Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

Photo: Chris Lee / Met Opera

Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro
Apr 9, 2022

This brilliant comedy follows the philandering Count (Gerald Finley) in his amorous pursuits. Federica Lombardi stars as the dignified Countess, along with Ying Fang as the wily maid, Susanna, and Christian Van Horn as Figaro, the foolhardy valet.

Last Broadcast: Jan 15, 2022
Approx. Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

Photo: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera

Strauss
Elektra
Apr 16, 2022

Based on the ancient Greek myth of a woman obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, this psychological drama features an all-star cast, including Nina Stemme in the title role, along with Lise Davidsen, Michaela Schuster, Greer Grimsley and Stefan Vinke.

Last Broadcast: Mar 17, 2018
Approx. Length: 2 hours 4 minutes

Photo: Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera

Gershwins'
Porgy and Bess
Apr 23, 2022

Starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles, Porgy and Bess focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century.

Performance from Fall 2021
Approx. Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

Photo: Richard Termine / Met Opera

Puccini
Madama Butterfly
Apr 30, 2022

Eleonora Buratto takes on the title role of the tragic geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer (Brian Jagde) is a loving and permanent marriage. Elizabeth DeShong is her devoted maid, Suzuki, and David Bizic is the consul, Sharpless.

Last Broadcast: Mar 3, 2018
Approx. Length: 3 hours 6 minutes

Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Puccini
Turandot
May 7, 2022

This epic fairy tale set in ancient China, is a thrilling ride of drama, poignancy and determined love in the tale of a cold-hearted princess (Liudmyla Monastyrska) who will agree to marry a man only if he successfully solves three riddles, and certain death to those who fail.

Last Broadcast: Apr 25, 2020
Approx. Length: 3 hours 26 minutes

Photo: Met Opera

Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
May 14, 2022

An unbeatable cast led by Michael Volle as the wise cobbler Hans Sachs and Lise Davidsen stars in Wagner’s sublime comedy. Klaus Florian Vogt and Johannes Martin Kränzle join them as Walther von Stolzing and Beckmesser.

Performance from Fall 2021
Approx. Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

Photo: Zenith Richards / Met Opera

Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
May 21, 2022

Nadine Sierra takes on the role of the haunted, emotionally fragile heroine, Lucia, a young woman who descends into madness, in a blazing mad scene, as a result of family feuds and separation from her lover by a forced marriage.

New Production
Approx. Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

Photo: Karen Almond / Met Opera

Philip Glass
Akhnaten
May 28, 2022

This mesmerizing modern masterpiece brings ancient Egypt to vivid life with Anthony Roth Costanzo reprising his celebrated turn as the revolutionary pharaoh Akhnaten and Rihab Chaieb as his wife and queen, Nefertiti.

Last Broadcast: Dec 17, 2019
Approx. Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Brett Dean
Hamlet
Jun 4, 2022

Based on the Shakespeare play with revised verse, Brett Dean’s Hamlet received critical acclaim after its world premiere in 2017. A cast of renowned veterans joins Allan Clayton, who sings the title role.

New Production/Network Premiere
Approx. Length: 3 hours 34 minutes

Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Stravinsky
The Rake's Progress
Jun 11, 2022

This dark comedy is based on the paintings and engravings of William Hogarth. Ben Bliss stars as the cad Tom Rakewell, alongside Golda Schultz as the virtuous Anne Trulove and Christian Van Horn as the diabolical Nick Shadow.

Last Broadcast: May 9, 2015
Approx. Length: 3 hours 24 minutes