The Metropolitan Opera Begins Its 89th Season

Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

UPDATE: March, 2020

Due to efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Metropolitan Opera has canceled the remainder of the current season’s live performances. However they will continue to offer recorded performances during the Saturday broadcasts. We will update the schedule if different operas replace the ones currently listed.

The new season of Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts begins Dec. 7 on Wisconsin Public Radio, and continues through May 9.

Stay informed on the latest news

Sign up for WPR’s email newsletter.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Launched in 1931, the Met’s matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. This season includes favorites like Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “La Boheme,” plus a new production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

All broadcasts start at noon on WPR, except where otherwise noted (one starts earlier).You can learn more about the operas, productions and casts on the Metropolitan Opera website.

Dec. 7Glass: Akhnaten
Dec. 14Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
Dec. 21Verdi: Macbeth
Dec. 28Mozart: The Magic Flute
Jan. 4R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (starts at 11a.m.)
Jan. 11Berg: Wozzeck
Jan. 18Verdi: La Traviata
Jan. 25Puccini: La Boheme
Feb. 1Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Feb. 8 Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust
Feb. 15Massenet: Manon
Feb. 22Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Feb. 29Handel: Agrippina
March 7Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
March 14Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
March 21Rossini: La Cerentola
March 28Massenet: Werther
April 4Gluck: Orfeo et Euridice
April 11Puccini: Tosca
April 18Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
April 25Puccini: Turandot
May 2Janacek: Kata Kabanova
May 9Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

Related Stories