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Metropolitan Opera's 84th Season Debuts December 6th

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On December 6th at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service is proud to kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 84th season of Saturday broadcasts with Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). This year, all broadcasts begin at 10am except Die Meistersinger on December 13th, which starts at 9am.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world’s leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera Iolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treliński. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartók’s one-act Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, also conducted by Gergiev. Met Music Director James Levine, back to full strength, will resume his typical schedule of six operas in the 2014-15 season.

The full season includes:

December 6: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Rossini)
December 13 DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG (Wagner)
December 20 LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart)
December 27 LA TRAVIATA (Verdi)
January 3 HANSEL AND GRETEL (Humperdinck)
January 10 AIDA (Verdi)
January 17 THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehár)
January 24 LA BOHÈME (Puccini)
January 31 LES CONTESD'HOFFMANN (Offenbach)
February 7 MACBETH (Verdi)
February 14 IOLANTA (Tchaikovsky) / BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE (Bartók)
February 21 DON GIOVANNI (Mozart)
February 28 DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Mozart)
March 7 CARMEN (Bizet)
March 14 LA DONNA DEL LAGO (Rossini)
March 21 MANON (Massenet)
March 28 LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Donizetti)
April 4 ERNANI (Verdi)
April 11 DON CARLO (Verdi)
April 18 LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (Shostakovich)
April 25 CAVALLERIARUSTICANA (Mascagni) / PAGLIACCI (Leoncavallo)
May 2 UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Verdi)
May 9 THE RAKE'S PROGRESS (Stravinsky)

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.