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Metropolitan Opera Presents Its 90th Season Of Radio Broadcasts

With Pandemic Ruling Out Live Performances, Season Features Selected Encores

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Renee Fleming on stage
Renee Fleming in Dvorak’s “Rusalka”. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens on Dec. 5, 2020 — the Met’s 90th consecutive year on the air and a milestone for the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history. This year’s live season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the broadcast season will include 27 specially selected encores, many showcasing operas and stars originally scheduled for live performances in 2020-21.

Host Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff return each week, and intermissions will include new interviews with artists, special features, and a virtual opera quiz.

The schedule includes:

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Dec. 5, 2020, 12 p.m. — Prokofiev: “War and Peace”
Dec. 12, 2020, 12 p.m. — Beethoven: “Fidelio”
Dec. 19, 2020, 12 p.m. — Humperdinck: “Hansel and Gretel”
Dec. 26, 2020, 12 p.m. — Mozart: “The Magic Flute”
Jan. 2, 2021, 12 p.m. — Glass: “Satyagraha”
Jan. 9, 2021, 12 p.m. — Rossini: “The Barber of Seville”
Jan. 16, 2021, 12 p.m. — Verdi: “La Traviata”
Jan. 23, 2021, 12 p.m. — Verdi: “Il Trovatore”
Jan. 30, 2021, 12 p.m. — Gounod: “Faust”
Feb. 6, 2021, 12 p.m. — Listeners’ choice: To be announced
Feb. 13, 2021, 12 p.m. — Massenet: “Cendrillon”
Feb. 20, 2021, 12 p.m. — Puccini: “La Rondine”
Feb. 27, 2021, 12 p.m. — R. Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier”
March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. — Bizet: “Carmen”
March 13, 2021, 12 p.m. — Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro”
March 20, 2021,12 p.m. — Rossini: “Le Comte Ory”
March 27, 2021, 12 p.m. — Mozart: “Don Giovanni”
April 3, 2021, 12 p.m. — Dvorak: “Rusalka”
April 10, 2021, 12 p.m. — Puccini: “La Boheme”
April 17, 2021, 12 p.m. — Janacek: “From the House of the Dead”
April 24, 2021, 12 p.m. — R. Strauss: “Die Frau Ohne Schatten”
May 1, 2021, 12 p.m. — Donizetti: “Roberto Devereux”
May 8, 2021, 12 p.m. — Anna Netrebko Puccini Gala
May 15, 2021, 12 p.m. — Wagner: “Tristan und Isolde”
May 22, 2021, 12 p.m. — Bellini: “I Puritanti”
May 29, 2021, 12 p.m. — Verdi: “Otello”
June 5, 2021, 12 p.m. — Britten: “Billy Budd”

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