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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Scene from Le Nozze di Figaro

Photo: Chris Lee/Met Opera.

Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro
Jan 15, 2022

A brilliant comedy, set to Mozart’s timeless and delightful music, in which cleverness and mistaken identity combine to outsmart the philandering Count played by Christian Gerhaher. Golda Schultz stars as the dignified Countess. The wily maid, Susanna, is sung by Lucy Crowe and Ryan McKinny is the foolhardy valet, Figaro.

Last Broadcast: Mar 13, 2021
Approx. Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

Scene from La bohème

Photo: Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera.

Puccini
La bohème
Jan 22, 2022

The passionate and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, La bohème is an eternal treasure. Maria Agresta portrays the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, alongside Charles Castronovo as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Gabriella Reyes and Lucas Meachem are the on-again-off-again pair Musetta and Marcello.

Last Broadcast: Apr 10, 2021
Approx. Length: 3 hours 13 minutes

Photo: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg, Berlin State Opera.

Verdi
Rigoletto
Jan 29, 2022

The desire for revenge and a curse lead to tragic consequences for the court jester Rigoletto (Quinn Kelsey) and his beloved daughter, Gilda (Rosa Feola) in a new production of this treasured favorite.

Last Broadcast: Feb 23, 2019
Approx. Length: 3 hours

Photo: Met Opera Archives.

The Met’s First Decade On the Air
Feb 5, 2022

In celebration of the Met Opera’s live matinee broadcasts, this special program will feature legendary and beloved singers in historic and memorable performances from the archives. Listen for updates.

Network Premiere
Approx. Length: TBD

Photo: Richard Termine / Met Opera.

Verdi
Requiem
Feb 12, 2022

This performance commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and features a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Performance from Sep 11, 2021
Last Broadcast: Dec 2, 2017
Approx. Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera.

Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov
Feb 19, 2022

Considered to be Mussorgsky’s masterpiece and a centerpiece of Russian opera, Boris Godunov is an epic presentation of Pushkin’s tragic portrayal of the tsar struggling between blind ambition and catastrophic paranoia. René Pape stars in the title role.

Performance from Oct 9, 2021
Last Broadcast: Mar 12, 2012
Approx. Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

Photo: Met Opera Archives.

Black History Month
Groundbreaking Artists
Feb 26, 2022

Performances by some of the Met Opera’s most revered African American singers throughout the years are highlighted.

Network Premiere
Approx. Length: TBD

Photo: Met Opera Archives.

Listeners' Choice
Great Met Broadcasts
Feb 19, 2022

Today’s broadcast features an opera from the archives specifically chosen by listeners as their favorite historic performance. Details to be announced!

Performance TBA
Approx. Length: TBD

Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera.

Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos
Mar 12, 2022

This lighthearted, opera-within-an-opera is an ingenious look at competing entertainment troupes scheduled to perform on the same stage at the same time: a battle of “high” art and “low” art. Lise Davidsen stars in the title role alongside Isabel Leonard as the Composer.

Last Broadcast: May 7, 2011
Approx. Length: 3 hours

Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera.

Handel
Rodelinda
Mar 19, 2022

One of Handel’s most successful stage works, this grand Baroque drama tells the compelling story of thwarted love that ultimately survives. The cast, in this shortened version, includes Elza van den Heever (Rodelinda), Iestyn Davies (Bertarido) and Paul Appleby (Grimoaldo).

Last Broadcast: Dec 3, 2012
Approx. Length: 4 hours

Photo: Met Opera Technical Department.

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